The Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) , now refered to as the Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services, of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) provides services to individuals with TBI regardless of military discharge rating. SHIP received a $1 million competitive federal grant to strengthen services for individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. The four-year grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, builds on a 2006 grant to continue to improve systems of care to better serve Veterans (and their families) of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who sustained a TBI. This effort will include piloting an integrated case management model in partnership with the Massachusetts National Guard and Reserve.
In order to be determined eligible for services, an individual must be a Massachusetts resident, have sustained a documented traumatic brain injury, exhibit impairments (physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral) primarily caused by a traumatic brain injury and be able to participate in community-based services.
Screening exams are also offered for traumatic brain injury and neuropsychological assessment for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans who have not been previously diagnosed with, or treated for, TBI, for eligibility determination purposes.