The Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Trust Fund was created by Title 26, Article 1, Part 3 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, to improve the lives of Colorado residents who have survived traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The statute was created to finance program activities, along with a Board of Directors to advise the program on Trust Fund operations.
The Board is administered by MINDSOURCE – Brain Injury Network within the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Three board members are designated in statute, and ten members are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate. The Board has established three ongoing committees to assist staff in policy-setting of program goals and strategic planning for the Trust Fund: Program Evaluation and Research, Revenue, and Vision and Outreach.
The Trust Fund receives revenue from surcharges assessed for convictions of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), driving while ability is impaired (DWAI), speeding, and riding a motorcycle or motorized bicycle without a helmet (for youth under the age of 18). The surcharges are $20.00 for drinking and driving related convictions, and $15.00 for speeding convictions and helmet convictions.
Funds are divided across the following program activities: Client Services, Brain Injury Research and Education. A minimum of 55 percent for client services, a minimum of 25 percent for brain injury research, and a minimum of 5 percent for education. This leaves 15 percent of funds available and flexible so that MINDSOURCE Director and Board of Directors can determine program activities that are in need of an increase in funds during the year. The board creates an annual legislative report that is made available to the public upon CDHS approval.
Recovering from, and regaining a life after, a brain injury is difficult and can be frustrating. It can be challenging to know what resources are needed, and to have the ability to obtain these supports. MINDSOURCE contracts with the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC) to help people with brain injury and their caregivers by assisting with accessing needed supports to maximize recovery, now and in the future. For more information regarding services offered through our contractor for both children and adults with brain injury, please call 1.800.955.2443 or visit their website.
BRAIN INJURY RESEARCH
MINDSOURCE awards grants in Colorado to support research related to the treatment and understanding of brain injury. MINDSOURCE seeks to facilitate the acquisition and advancement of new knowledge regarding brain injury, to improve the evidence base upon which the care of persons with brain injury is predicated, and to encourage the development and growth of the brain injury research field in Colorado.
MINDSOURCE offers grant opportunities to Colorado organizations and individuals for the promotion of education, awareness, and community projects that offer innovative training approaches to professionals, parents, survivors, families and the general community about brain injury.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board meets the third Friday of every other month. Click here for meeting dates and times.