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Traumatic Brain Injury

The Department of Health is committed to expanding public knowledge regarding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and increasing coordination and integration within existing service delivery systems, thereby enhancing the infrastructure needed to persons with TBI and their Families.
To learn more about services available for individuals with brain injury and their families, please contact the toll free Brain Injury Help Line at  1-866-412-4755 and speak with a Brain Injury Specialist. Specialists are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.
Most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully. But for some people, symptoms can last for days, weeks or longer. In general, recovery may be slower among older adults, young children and teens. Those who have had a concussion in the past are also at risk of having another one and may find that it takes longer to recover if they have another concussion.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Approved Curricula
  • CDC Heads Up: To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing and responding to a concussion.
  • National Federation of State High School Associations: National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports.
  • ConcussionWise Pennsylvania: ConcussionWise™ is part of a family of online concussion education courses designed to meet the needs of athletic trainers, physicians, coaches, parents, athletes and other health care providers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to find the answer to all your Act 101: the Safety in Youth Sports Act questions.
Concussion Resources
Tracy's Story
As a high school basketball player, Tracy sustained two concussions within a short period of time. Tracy tells her story and emphasizes that concussions are a serious injury. Check out a two-minute video on Tracy's story.
TBI Advisory Board  
The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Department of Health was established in August 2001 by the secretary of health as a requirement of the Health Resources and Services Administration Federal TBI Planning Grant and Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 (42 U.S.C.A. 300d - 52 et seq.)
The board consists of 25 members. The current chairperson of the board is a TBI family member. Additional board members include family members of TBI survivors; individuals living with a TBI; representatives from the departments of Aging, Human Services, Labor and Industry, Insurance, Health, Corrections and Education; representatives from the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF), Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA), and community-based organizations in TBI service provision and advocacy.
Appointed members serve on the board for up to three years.
The board provides advice and expertise to the Pennsylvania Department of Health in the determination of service and support needs of individuals with TBI and the implementation of services to those individuals and their families. The board plays an integral role in making recommendations regarding future activities to be placed in the TBI State Action Plan thereby improving access to TBI services in Pennsylvania through information and education.
Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board 2016 Meeting Schedule
All 2016 meetings are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and take place at the Giant Super Store, Second Floor - Community Center, Blue Mountain Room, 2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Please note outside food and drinks are prohibited at the Giant Super Store.

May 6, 2016
Aug. 5, 2016
Nov. 4, 2016
Meeting Minutes
Meeting minutes are available upon request by contacting the Division of Child and Adult Health Services at 717-772-2762.
Child and Adolescent Brain Injury School Re-entry Program
Under contract from the Department of Health and with partnership from the Department of Education, the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania developed a Child and Adolescent Brain Injury School Re-entry Program called BrainSTEPS (Strategies, Teaching Educators, Parent and Students).  BrainSTEPS is working to make sure that those who provide educational support to children with brain injury have a good understanding of brain injury, the resulting challenges, and supports and interventions that will assist these students achieve educational success through
For further information regarding the School Re-Entry Program, please contact:
Bureau of Family Health
Division of Child and Adult Health Services
Health and Welfare Building
625 Forster St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Telephone: 717-772-2762
Brenda Eagan Brown, M.S.Ed.,CBIS
Program Coordinator
Brain Injury Association of PA
Telephone: 724-944-6542
Telephone: 717-772-2762