Office of Acquired Brain Injury
About the Office
The Office of Acquired Brain Injury serves as the lead agency in Texas providing guidance, consultation, referral and service coordination for survivors of acquired brain injuries and their families, including combat veterans, to ensure a comprehensive system of care through federal, state and local resources.
How to Contact Us
Mail: 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 202W, Mail Code 1531, Austin, TX 78723
National Brain Injury Model Program
The Texas Office of Acquired Brain Injury is nationally recognized for its outreach and advocacy, educational and training programs and innovative projects, is considered a national model for the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Program. It partners with Texas military forces, the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence in Psychological Health and TBI, the Defense and Veterans’ Brain Injury Centers, including Broke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and Walter Reid Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to coordinate services for wounded warriors in their home areas and to provide training for family members and reintegration specialists.
About Brain Injury
An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain that occurs after birth, is non-congenital and non-degenerative and prevents the normal function of the brain. It may be caused by external blows, jolts or wounds (also known as traumatic brain injuries); stroke; heart attack; infections producing high temperatures; brain tumors; loss of consciousness; or loss of oxygen to the brain.
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in people under 45 years old, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. In Texas:
- More than 144,000 Texans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. That’s one every four minutes.
- An estimated 440,000 Texans have a disability related to a traumatic brain injury.
- More people sustain brain injury from strokes than any other cause.
Texas Juvenile Justice Project
A $1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has enabled the Texas Office of Acquired Brain Injury to form a partnership with the Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission to conduct a four year pilot study on youth in the Texas juvenile justice system who may have undiagnosed brain injuries. Therapy and treatment will be coordinated through existing and new collaborative efforts through the grant. The goal is to provide individual attention to each youth that will give them the opportunity to leave the criminal path and to become productive, responsible citizens bettering their lives and that of society.
Report on Community Support, Residential Services
The 2009 Texas Legislature directed the Health and Human Services Commission to conduct a feasibility study on the need for a system of community support and residential services for individuals with acquired brain injury. The eight-month study included statewide stakeholder needs and input of brain injury survivors, family members, caregivers, and treatment professionals. [Read the report]