MINDSOURCE – Brain Injury Network (MINDSOURCE) is the recipient of three major grant/funding opportunities aimed at enhancing Colorado’s infrastructure for individuals with brain injuries.

June 2018 to May 2021

The Administration for Community Living (ACL), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded Colorado its Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) State Partnership Program grant. The goal of this three-year program is to create and strengthen a system of services and supports that maximizes the independence, well-being, and health of people with traumatic brain injuries across the lifespan, their family members, and their support networks.

MINDSOURCE was selected as a mentor state and, in that capacity, will provide technical assistance related to criminal and juvenile justice, trust funds, and brain injury waivers to other state grantees while working to expand Colorado’s TBI infrastructure.  Colorado plans to initiate an outreach program to help link individuals with brain injuries to person-centered, culturally-competent supports, including peer mentorship services.  A newly formed Advisory Board will help MINDSOURCE create an updated State Plan based, in part, on a 2017 study of gaps in services and supports for individuals with brain injury. The grant will also fund the development of a data driven outreach and linkage program, brain injury specialists within probation settings, and strengthen the relationship between community-based, brain injury resource navigation services and Centers for Independent Living.

July 2018 to June 2021

The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) of the Colorado Legislature is funding a three-year pilot project for the development and implementation of an identification and referral protocol to ensure probation-connected individuals with brain injury are identified, when needed, obtain community-based resource navigation and skill development supports.  Improved capacity within criminal justice settings for the identification and support of individuals with brain injury along with the development of a network of community mental health providers trained to assist in the identification of neuro-cognitive impairments will be sustainable outcomes of this project.

January 2019 to December 2019

The Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, awarded a one-year Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to MINDSOURCE. To achieve the objectives of this grant, MINDSOURCE will partner with the Jail Based Behavioral Health Services (JBBS) Program at the Office of Behavioral Health and the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado.  The project aims to build capacity of criminal justice staff to identify and address TBI in 1100 inmates by 1) screening for TBI symptoms and neuro-cognitive deficits, and 2) providing case management supports for those who screen positive for TBI to improve outcomes and reduce recidivism.