According to the Centers for Disease Control, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. TBI can change everything about a person in a matter of seconds. Major causes of brain injury are motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults, sports and recreation injuries, and drug overdoses.

Tens of thousands of Marylanders are affected by brain injury each year.​ Those who survive TBI can face effects that last a few days or the rest of their lives. Effects of TBI can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes or depression). These issues not only affect people living with TBI; but can also have lasting effects on families and communities.

Living with TBI can require a range of resources, strategies, and supports which can be overwhelming and expensive. Support needs may extend long after someone leaves the hospital. For families with little or no insurance, the emotional and financial issues can be devastating.

In 2012, the state of Maryland established The Maryland Brain Injury Trust Fund to help people living with TBI to live independently, return to work or school, and get the help and support they need.

YOU can help make a difference in their lives, by donating one dollar to the Maryland Brain Injury Trust Fund, when you renew your vehicle registration at any kiosk location or online. 
If you would like to donate more, checks can be sent to:

State of Maryland Brain Injury Trust Fund
c/o Behavioral Health Administration
55 Wade Avenue, Room 219 - Mitchell Building
Catonsville, MD 21228

Questions should be directed to Stefani O’Dea
Director, Office of Older Adults and Long Term Services and Supports
Maryland Behavioral Health Administration 410-402-8476 or Stefani.odea@maryland.gov​