Traumatic Brain Injury

What is Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI? A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury that affects how the brain works. 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 connecting 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 or online at Traumatic Brain Injury: Let's Help You -

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. Community Resource Specialist can link to existing public, private, and local area services. 

Information and Referral, also known as I&R, provides information about services and assists in connecting with the supportive resources and services they are seeking. 

Informational Video - WA211 Information and Referral - Help is just a contact away  

Call 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Seek help during a crisis, emotional support, referrals, and resources.  Depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health concerns can affect anyone.  

TBI Events and Resources

TBI Resources and Workbook | DSHS ( - Filled with information, resources, journal prompts and more.

TBI in Washington: Experiences and Trends with Services and Supports - Participate in a statewide survey of the services and supports in for people with TBI, Caregivers, and Providers.  Inform future statewide partnership development, awareness, and local resources. 

TBI Events Portal - Information about no cost Brain Injury Workshops and Education, and other resource links for past and upcoming events. 

Washington TBI Virtual Support Groups | DSHS  (On-going) 

TBI - BH ECHO – Connecting Frontline Providers with Experts ( - First and Third Fridays of each month connecting frontline providers with specialist to discuss evidence-based treatments and case consultation.