Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Resources Washington State

Latest News

  • For Information about assistance during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” period.  The WA State Coronavirus website is a great reference and starting point.
  • TBI Support groups scheduled for March and April 2020 are CANCELED in order to assist in limiting the potential community spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Future cancellations will be determined at a later date.  Please use all precautions recommended by the CDC to maintain a healthy environment. 

    The BEST website provides additional information about future opportunities and looks forward to getting all programs back up and running soon.   


Washington State 2020 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Conference Cancellation

Due to new Public Health guidance related to COVID-19 precautions, we will be canceling the Washington State TBI Conference currently scheduled for April 15th and 16th 2020.  This decision was made after careful consideration on the part of DSHS and in consultation with the University of Washington Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation (CCER) as the Conference Organizer.



What We Do

TBI Program Resources and Support Programs

The Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council is governed by RCW Chapter 74.31, and addresses issues related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The intent of the statute is to bring together expertise from the public and private sector to address the needs and gaps in services for this community.

The RCW requires that services are in place for Information and Referral (Resources) and Support Groups that have a statewide presence. 
RCW - Chapter 74.31


Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA)

The BIAWA provides services to individuals with TBI, including their family members and caregivers through information, referral, and resource management. BIAWA participates in a public awareness campaign, helping to explain services and prevention methods.

BIAWA can be contacted at – 877-982-4292
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Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)

BEST provides support groups, activities/events and education for individuals with TBI, which includes their family members, caregivers, and the general public within their communities. BEST Facilitators and Support Group Coaches are within local communities around the state as a resource and mediator to resources within those local communities.

BEST can be contacted at – 877-719-2378
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Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA)

The WDVA provides direct and indirect support to veterans and anyone living with, working with or supporting veterans who have incurred a brain injury through 1:1 case management, education, awareness building, connecting with proper referrals and innovative programs such as the Max Impact (TBI) smartphone app all free of charge.”

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Washington State Lifespan Respite (LRW)

Respite is planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with special needs in order to provide temporary relief to family caregivers caring for that child or adult.  Respite is provided informally or in a more structured way through programs based on a variety of eligibility criteria.  Some respite programs may utilize an available bed in a healthcare facility for families who require extended respite options for a family member or friend requiring skilled care.
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