Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury that affects how the brain works. What is Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI? Anyone can experience a TBI or find themselves in a position of caretaking for someone experiencing a TBI. Traumatic brain injuries affect people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is committed to increasing public awareness of TBI and to connect the TBI community to Information and Referral, Resources, and person-driven support.  

To learn more and get connected, choose one:

Information, Referral, Resources 

WA 2-1-1 Assistance ( is the provider for DSHS TBI Information and Referral Services   

Washington 2-1-1 is a free confidential service accessed by calling 2-1-1 or (877) 211-9274

A person is connected with a Community Resource Specialist who is trained to actively listen and understand the person’s needs for access to more than 32,000 resources.  

From utility assistance, food, housing, health / medical, childcare, after-school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. 

Information and Referral, also known as I&R, provides information about services and assists people in connecting with the supportive resources and services they are seeking.  Community Resource Specialist can link to existing public, private, and local area services. 

I&R service updates improve the way a connect for those experiencing traumatic brain injuries (including support networks and communities) to services and resources.  

Video -  Wa 211 Information and Referral - Help is just a contact away 

WA 2-1-1 information is available 24/7, everyday of the year to include online at 

Traumatic Brain Injury: Let's Help You - Washington 211 (

Depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health concerns can affect anyone.  Seek help during a crisis, emotional support, referrals, and resources: 

TBI Events 

Community events are a great way to connect. 

TBI Events Portal - Information about TBI Support Groups (Virtual), free Brain Injury Workshop Series and TBI – Behavioral Health Education Series, and other resource links for past and upcoming events.