ABOUT THE HEAD TRAUMA SUPPORT PROJECT
The Head Trauma Support Project began more than 33 years ago
with five families of traumatic brain injury survivors who wanted to
inform and support one another while their loved ones journeyed
from coma to community. At the time no community resources were
available to help survivors or their families adjust to life after
traumatic brain injury.
Over the years the project expanded. It now includes survivors of
brain injury, their family and friends, caregivers, and medical and
rehabilitation professionals. We come together with the goal of
promoting better understanding, treatment and quality of life for
those with traumatic brain injury. We strive to empower individuals
to improve their potential and lead fuller lives.
Sacramento Head Trauma Support History
In 1975 the Family and Caregivers Support Group began holding
weekly meetings and, in 1981, incorporated as a nonprofit,
volunteer, consumer-driven organization. A survivor support group
started in 1983, followed eight years later with a mild head injury
In 1995, a professional facilitator began meeting with the Survivor
and Caregivers Support Group. The Survivors Support Group
continued to grow, strengthen and become responsible for the
accounting and dispersion of their own funds. Through these
support groups, survivors and family members continue to gain peer
support while participating in social activities and listening to guest
lecturers. These weekly support groups draw families and survivors
from Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties.
HTSP began presenting “Paths to Recovery” and other educational
programs. We also co-sponsored a bi-annual brain injury conference
with the Easter Seal Society and the University of California Davis,
School of Medicine. We've also co-sponsored a Caregiver Resource
Workshop with the Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center. Each year
we look for new opportunities to partner with the community and
bring new information and hope to the people we serve.
Funded since 1984 by the United Way, other organizations and
generous individuals, we continue our work. Thanks to these
compassionate funders, the dedication of our volunteers, the hard
work of our board, and support from the community, we continue to
pursue our original goals – to provide information, referral, education
and support to survivors of traumatic brain injury and their families.
Why We Exist
There is a great need for our information and support in the greater
Sacramento region. A brain injury is life threatening and life
changing. The recovery process varies for each individual depending
upon severity of the injury and other health considerations.
Resources for ongoing services and treatment vary widely
depending on the family or individual’s health care coverage and
financial situation. At the time an injury occurs, the family is usually
unaware of the long term implications of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Families are also frequently unfamiliar with government and
community resources that may available to them.
Unfortunately, there is no established continuum of care for
traumatic brain injury. Most often a person discharged from a trauma
center is in a “wait and see” situation. The healing process for brain
and body is a slow and arduous journey.
Funding for medical and therapeutic services is frequently
insufficient. For example, MediCal post-discharge services are very
limited or non-existent. There is no established “road map” for
survivors or their families on how to seek access to the variety of
services needed on the long road to recovery. The Head Trauma
Support Project bridges these gaps and provides emotional support
along the way.
What is Traumatic brain Injury?
Traumatic brain Injury is an insult to the brain, not of degenerative
or congenital nature but caused by an external force that may
produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which
results in the loss of cognitive abilities.
Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury
OUR MISSION is to improve the quality of life for survivors of brain
injury and their families by providing support services that educate
and prepare for coping with the nature of the injury, encouraging
self-reliance. To build a reputation among health care professional,
government entities and the community at large, as experts in post-
brain injury management.
OUR VISION is to be recognized for dynamic leadership in education,
information and referral, public awareness, support and advocacy for
survivors of brain injury, their families and caregivers. We will forge
strategic partnerships with local, regional, statewide and national
organizations already serving the brain injury community.
The Head trauma Support project, Inc. is governed by an elected
Board of Directors who meet bi-monthly. At least one board member
must represent survivors. As an all-volunteer organization our Board
makes policy, develops programs and implements them. Head
Trauma Support Project members are a vital part of the organization
and serve as volunteers. The membership approves the board of
directors and reviews program planning at the annual membership
MEMBERSHIP is open to all persons experiencing recovery from a
brain injury and their families, and to others who are interested in
promoting the goals of the Head trauma Support Project.
HEAD TRAUMA SUPPORT PROJECT, inc.
Cognitive: May include short and long term
memory loss; difficulty with concentration,
judgment, communication and planning;
Physical: May include seizures; muscle
spasticity; vision, hearing, smell and taste
loss; speech impairment; headaches;
include anxiety and depression; mood
swings; denial; sexual difficulties; emotional
liability; egocentricity; impulsivity and
disinhibition; agitation; isolation.
number of TBI
The highest rate
of motor vehicle
related TBI is
between 15 and
19 years of age
A firearm injury is
the leading cause
of TBI deaths
9 out of 10 people
with a TBI firearm
The latest figures
show that TBI
costs about $60
billion a year in
medical costs and
Males are twice as
likely to sustain
TBI than are
have the highest
TBI death rate
The highest risk
age groups for TBI
are 0-4 years old
from the National
Center for Injury