Resource Facilitation is available to all residents of Wisconsin who sustain a traumatic and/or acquired brain injury.
Resource facilitation is a partnership that helps individuals and communities choose, get and keep information, services and supports to make informed choices and meet their goals. The collaborative process involves participants (individuals with brain injury and their personal support systems) working in partnership with facilitators (individuals who provide assistance in navigating systems) to achieve agreed upon goals.
The development of our Resource Facilitation Program was a four-step process involving (1) establishing the need; (2) identifying possible funding sources; (3) building community-based partnerships; and (4) taking action.
Resource facilitation got its start in brain injury in 1984 when the Missouri Department of Health dedicated two service coordinators to its Head Injury Program (MO Department of Health, p. ii). Since our program was established in 2011, the facilitation process has included assessment, planning, identification, negotiation, monitoring, reassessment, outreach, education and training, emotional support and advocacy. Basic principles of our Resource Facilitation Program ensures:
> Facilitation is individualized
> Facilitation is accessible
> Facilitation is holistic
> Facilitation is effective and valued
> Facilitation is participant driven
> Facilitation is creative and flexible
> Facilitation builds community partnerships
Our Resource Facilitators are skilled in verbal and written communication, listening, problem solving, negotiation, advocacy, planning and organization, record keeping and multi-tasking. They are individuals who can work independently, who like to teach others, who have an ability to synthesize facts from multiple sources, and those who can provide emotional support in situations where there is no readily apparent solution.
It provides ongoing support to assist you in coping with living with a brain injury.
Includes the Brain Injury Wallet Card !
How does it work for individuals?
If you decide to participate, you are welcome to call us at any time and leave a message for a call back or complete the form at the bottom. A Resource Facilitation Specialist from the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc™. (BIRCofWI™) will contact you to begin the process of helping you to locate information, resources, education, and what ever else you may need. We can help: identify resources and services within your community, answer questions and problem-solve issues educate family members, employers and educators about what it means to live with a brain injury.
Note: This service does not replace any legal, medical, or rehabilitation follow-up.
What to do next: Choose the CONTACT US link below to begin the process. An Authorization to Participate in Resource Facilitation Form as well as the Verification of Brain Injury Form will be completed. This form can be completed by the survivor or family member whom we will be assisting to locate Resources during their journey through their new life after brain injury.
What are your cognitive strengths and weaknesses?
Why your answer is important: You can build on your strengths and compensate for your weaknesses
Does stress and anxiety interfere with your functioning?
Why your answer is important: Stress may exaggerate cognitive changes and fatigue
Are you experiencing work problems?
Why your answer is important: Strategies and workplace accommodations can prevent setbacks at work