Brain Injury Resources

New Vista encourages individuals and families to explore information from trusted and accurate resources. The websites and resources listed below offer research-based information on brain injury.

Brain Injury Association of America is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization with a mission to advance awareness, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury. 

Brain Injury Association of Kentucky links survivors of brain injury and their families to support from others with similar experience; provides them with education and information about living and coping with brain injury; assists them in locating resources for financial assistance; and seeks to connect people with sources of emotional support.

Brain Injury Recovery Network provides practical, actionable advice for brain injury victims and families.

Brain Injury Resource Center is a non-profit clearinghouse founded and operated by brain injury activists since 1985.

United States Brain Injury Alliance is committed to improving lives through awareness, prevention, advocacy, support, research and community engagement.

Centers for Disease Control is government-funded website offers information on traumatic brain injuries. CDC research and programs work to prevent TBI and help people recognize, respond and recover if a TBI occurs.

CARF is the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. An internationally-recognized accreditation authority for organizations serving people with disabilities and others in need of rehabilitation.

National Directory of Brain Injury Services provides a comprehensive listing of services providers across the entire continuum of care. Listings are divided by category.

National Resource Center for TBI gives practical information for professionals, persons with brain injury, and their families. From Virginia Commonwealth University.

Traumatic Brain Injury Facts and Information is a helpful set of facts and information about traumatic brain injury provided by the Family Caregiver Alliance, a non-profit organization, which aims to help family members providing care for their loved ones.

Traumatic Brain Injury Factsheets provide a set of brain injury fact sheets covering a wide variety of topics. The fact sheets were produced through a joint effort between Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center and the TBI Model Systems.

Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide is an eBook written by a clinical neuropsychologist designed to better prepare the head injured person and family for the long road ahead.

Understanding Brain Injury: A Guide for the Family is a lengthy eBook, supplied by the Mayo Clinic, that helps families understand the effects of brain injury and adjust to life after an injury.

Journey Toward Recovery: A Brain Injury Guide for Families is an eBook written by the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, which guides families through the early steps on the road toward recovery.

Living with Brain Injury is a helpful guide, including detailed descriptions and helpful illustrations, to brain injury and its imapct on people.

Non-lethal Opioid Overdose and Acquired Brain Injury is a position statement of the Brain Injury Associaton of America


A brain injury occurs after birth that temporarily or permanently alters the physical integrity, metabolic process or functional ability of brain cells. Brain injury is characterized by a change in mental status at the time of injury or in the hours, days or weeks after injury. The change may manifest as a decreased level of consciousness for any period of time, as memory loss for events immediately before or after the injury or in any number of neurological symptoms identified by clinical examination, neuroradiologic or laboratory tests, such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or cerebral spinal fluid biomarkers.

In 1997, the Brain Injury Association of America adopted a definition of acquired brain injury beyond that only produced by trauma. Acquired Brain Injury is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth and is not hereditary, congenital or degenerative. The injury commonly results in change in neuronal activity, which affects the physical integrity, the metabolic activity or the functional ability of the cell. The term does not refer to the brain injuries induced by birth trauma.

Traumatic brain injury, often referred to as TBI, is most often an acute event. The consequences of a brain injury can affect all aspects of life, including personality. Brain injuries do not heal like other injuries. Recovery is a functional recovery, based on mechanisms that remain uncertain. No two brain injuries are alike and the consequence of two similar injuries may be very different. Symptoms may appear right away or may not be present for days or weeks after the injury. One of the consequences of TBI is the person often does not realize that a brain injury has occurred.

Family members are encouraged to be as involved as they would like to be and to visit frequently. Family members are also invited to participate in monthly team conferences and reports are mailed to family members. The corporate director of brain injury services or designee maintains regular contact with families to keep them informed of the client’s program, needs and activity.

New Vista takes pride in evaluating our performance and identifying areas for improvement. On a monthly, quarterly and annual basis New Vista conducts surveys, measures performance, and benchmarks procedural processes. We gather data and work with the Quality Improvement team to analyze measured data. We continually strive to deliver the highest quality of service and care for clients.

Visitation is allowed seven days per week. Visitors must present a valid I.D. and sign in at the front door. Visitation occurs between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. However, New Vista asks you can in advance to ensure the resident is home and not in therapy. Special arrangements can be made through the program case manager for additional visitation hours.

A physiatrist is a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists can have different areas of specialization, such as brain injury.

CARF is the acronym for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Through CARF accreditation, programs demonstrate that they conform to the highest quality standards and operations. New Vista Behavioral Healthcare is currently working towards CARF accreditation.