Traumatic Brain Injury

Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) within the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has been identified as Maryland’s lead agency for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). As lead agency, BHA directs the state’s plans, initiatives, and services for individuals with TBI. Examples of such initiatives, which are described below, include the Maryland Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board, the Brain Injury Resource Coordination and Training program, and Maryland’s Waiver for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury.


The Brain Injury Resource Coordination and Training Program

The program was established in 2003 with funding from the Health Resources and services Administration (HRSA)/ Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), which awards grants to states to develop infrastructure and improve service provision within the state for individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Brain Injury Resource Specialists assist individuals with acquired brain injuries who are interested in transitioning out of institutions or at risk of institutionalization to access the services and supports that they need. Brain Injury Resource Specialists also provide enhanced transitional case management to MFP (Money Follows the Person) participants who are enrolling in the Waiver for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury.
Services are provided through a contract with the Brain Injury Association of Maryland.
To access the services of the Maryland Brain Injury Resource Network, call the Maryland Brain Injury Resource Helpline.
Call Monday through Friday, 9AM until 5PM, and a Brain Injury Resource Coordinator will be happy to help you

The Behavioral Health Administration, in collaboration with the Mental Health Management Agency of Frederick County, has developed numerous training materials geared to the needs of human service professionals.
The purpose of BHA's training efforts is to expand the capacity of humans service agencies and professionals to better identify and support individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. The attached training materials are copyright free and available to the public. 


Training Topics offered- Presentations may be customized to meet audience’s needs in terms of both topics covered and length of training (one hour to full day)

Special Topics related to brain injury

  • General overview and behavior
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Screening, strategies, and accommodations for behavioral health professionals
  • Employment after brain injury
  • Returning service members with brain injury
  • Aging and brain injury
  • Childhood brain injury
  • Domestic violence
  • Considerations for law enforcement and corrections
  • Considerations for human service professionals
  • Trauma informed care for brain injury professionals

Person Centered Planning

  • Training geared towards providers of services to individuals with behavioral health conditions, brain injury, and intellectual disabilities

Mental Health First Aid for Adults and Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults.

Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • ​Training on various aspects of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) including employment, public accommodations, transportation and communication.

To arrange for training, please contact Anastasia Edmonston, Trainer at 410-402-8478


 Medicaid Waiver for individuals with  Brain Injury

The Waiver for individuals with Brain Injury is a home and community based Medicaid waiver program, administered by the Behavioral Health Administration that was implemented in July of 2003. The program provides opportunities for community-based services to individuals who have experienced an acquired brain injury after the age of 17 and who meet the medical, financial, and technical criteria for the program. Technical eligibility criteria requires that individuals are residents in state psychiatric hospitals, state owned and operated nursing facilities, or Maryland licensed chronic hospitals that are CARF accredited in inpatient brain injury rehabilitation.​​​

For more information about the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board, the Brain Injury Waiver program or any other State initiatives for individuals with brain injury, contact the Office of Adult Services, Behavioral Health Administration (410) 402-8476.

Maryland Brain Injury Trust Fund​

Traumatic Brain injury Staff:

Stefani O’Dea, MA, Director, Off of Older Adults and Long Term Services and Supports
Nikisha Marion, MS, Brain Injury Waiver Case Manager
Catherine Rinehart Mello, Brain Injury Waiver Case Manager
Anastasia Edmonston, MS CRC, Trainer, Traumatic Brain Injury and Person Centered Planning​