WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities’ TBI

TBI symptoms often present similarly to Substance Abuse Disorders; People who have TBIs are more likely to turn to substances (alcohol or drugs) to cope with their injury. It can be difficult to decipher whether the symptoms (aggression, confusion, etc) are from TBI or substance use.

2.       When working with patients- “Don’t open and unload someone’s ‘baggage’ unless you have the time and energy to help them pack it back up. Let them show pieces of their baggage on their own terms”

3.       Crisis Call Center (775-784-8090) 24-hour crisis line providing a safe, non-judgmental source of support for individuals in any type of crisis; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis

4.       When working with veterans- The VA only tests for TBI in post-9/11 veterans. Anyone before 9/11 has not been tested (Korean, Vietnam, etc.) unless they’ve sought out services; The VA has adapted a “polytrauma/TBI System of Care” which is an integrated network of specialized rehabilitation programs for veterans. This allows them to access most services needed under one roof. https://www.polytrauma.va.gov/system-of-care/index.asp https://www.polytrauma.va.gov/ConcussionCoach.asp

5.       Medicaid 1115 Waiver expands treatment options for people with Substance Abuse Disorder. What DHHR’s website doesn’t mention is that it can be used to help patient’s seek alternative treatments such as cannabis/CBD oils https://dhhr.wv.gov/News/2017/Pages/DHHR%E2%80%99s-Medicaid-Program-to-Expand-Substance-Use-Treatment-and-Services.aspx.

6.       WVU CED programs and services are expansive. Their website provides good insight on what they offer- http://www.cedwvu.org/ http://tbi.cedwvu.org


2018 TBI Conference

2018 TBI Conference: Connecting the Dots After TBI on May 10-12, 2018 at the Days Inn Conference Center in Flatwoods, WV. 



Registration closes May 3rd


REGISTER HERE: http://tbi.cedwvu.org/

WV Traumatic Brain Injury Services | Center for Excellence …


Concussion Recovery Goes Beyond the Playing Field. Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury.. Concussions bring on mental and emotional symptoms, not just physical. …

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury & the Whole Veteran

This six-hour training contains comprehensive information regarding the veteran and the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) . The training will cover mechanisms of TBI in veterans, differentiating TBI from PTSD, prevention of veteran suicide and more. Who can benefit from this training?

  • Professionals or paraprofessionals who interact with the aging population
  • Caregivers
  • Family members

Veteran survivors of traumatic brain injury

Training Dates and Locations  October 16, 2017 10 AM—4 PM Speaker: Terry Cunningham Location: Braxton County DHHR   December 6, 2017 10 AM—4 PM  Speaker:Terry Cunningham Location: Ohio County DHHR
December 12, 2017 9 AM—3 PM  Speaker:Sara Miller Location: Mercer County Health Department   CEUs available if requested during registration