The Colorado Brain Injury Program Hard to Serve Study was initiated by MINDSOURCE – Brain Injury Network (previously called the Colorado Brain Injury Program) within the Colorado Department of Human Services in partnership with the Colorado Brain Injury Collaborative (CBIC) to analyze whether and how individuals with brain injury experience difficulties accessing supports, specifically when the individual has complex needs such as medical, mental health, and/or substance use disorder co-occurring with brain injury. The following key questions guided data collection and analysis:
- What is the current infrastructure in place to support individuals with brain injury?
- Which Coloradans with brain injury are experiencing difficulties accessing the services they need?
- Where are the current gaps in services and what contributes to these barriers?
- What best/promising practices can inform recommendations?
The goal of the hard to serve study is to provide information that can inform future funding, programming, and policy decisions to ensure Coloradans with brain injury have access to needed services and supports across their lifespans and regardless of the complexities of their health.