Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc. Launches Free Resource Facilitation Service for Survivors and Families

Oct. 4, 2011

The Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin’s new complimentary Resource Facilitation service, a long needed service for the brain injury community, will help survivors and families cope and get their lives back on track.


In June 2011, the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc. (BIRC of WI) announced the organization’s Resource Facilitation service. This completely private, voluntary and free service provides assistance to those struggling with issues that affect daily life following brain injury.


The Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc. recognizes that after a loved one is hurt, it can be difficult for them to return to work and live independently as they are coming to terms with the after-effects that follow a brain injury.


“We are the only brain injury organization in the state of Wisconsin that offers a quality, personal approach to resource facilitation to benefit those affected by brain injury,” said Bari York, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, of the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin.


Following discharge from the hospital, brain injury survivors and their family members are often overwhelmed as they attempt to cope with the reality of the situation and figure out what they need to do to move forward. Skilled resource facilitators at the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin are available to make contact with the survivor and their personal support system to help guide them through this tough stage.


“This is where resource facilitation comes in,” said Kasey Johanson, Certified Brain Injury Specialist (C.B.I.S.) and the Director of Programs and Services for the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin.


“Resource Facilitation at the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin is a valuable resource for guiding survivors and their families through the process of bridging the gap between the hospital and community. Our resource facilitators are also trained to assist brain injury survivors achieve an improved quality of life.”


An authorization form is provided to the survivor or responsible family member upon discharge from the hospital. This completed form allows a nurse, social worker or discharge planner to deliver the patient’s contact information (only) to the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc.


Brain injury survivors or their personal support system can also initiate this service as well, regardless of where they are at in their recovery.


For more information about Resource Facilitation or any of their other programs or services at BIRC of WI, please call them at (262) 770-4882, or visit them on the web at


About Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin

The Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin is 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps survivors of brain injuries and their families find answers to all of their questions and assists survivors entering the “now-what” phase of their lives after a brain injury.


The BIRC of WI was founded by mother and daughter Lois York-Lewis and Bari York, who saw a need to help the survivors of brain injury. They understood that more attention is given to a person immediately after they sustain their injury, but then support drastically declines. This decline in attention is usually due to the inability of the brain injury survivor to find the resources they need.


Our headquarters may be in southeastern Wisconsin, but our hearts, hands and help are statewide.


The Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin serves all of Wisconsin, including Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Grant, Green, Green Lake Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, LaCrosse, Lafayette, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Racine, Richland, Rock, Rusk, Saint Croix, Sauk, Sawyer, Shawano, Sheboygan, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon, Vilas, Walworth, Washburn, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood counties.




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