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Helpline: 1-800-669-4323

Email: info@bianj.org

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Helpline operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. When you call, you will speak to a trained Community Resource Specialist who can provide support, resources and information on brain injury, as well as BIANJ programs. Everything discussed is confidential.

The Helpline is not intended to replace professional and/or medical advice.

CARES Programs

The BIANJ CARES (Connections, Assistance, Resources, Education and Support) Program supports individuals and families impacted by brain injury through care management. This program focuses on assessing current needs and developing a plan to help individuals achieve greatest potential and improve quality of life.

BIANJ CARES team members can assist with: socialization, vocational rehabilitation and support, medical and rehabilitative services, emotional support, independence, quality of life.

To be eligible, applicants must live in New Jersey, have a diagnosis of brain injury, and demonstrate a need for care management services.

BIANJ CARES is currently accepting referrals. If you are interested in learning more or recommending someone to the program, please call 1-800-669-4323 or email BIANJ at  info@bianj.org

CARES for KIDS is a free care management program for families who have a child with a brain injury under the age of 21.

We help you form connections to resources; attendance at school meetings to ensure success; referrals to recreational programs, social services agencies and medical providers; education via home visits, community outreach, and more

To be eligible for CARES for KIDS, the family must live in New Jersey and be eligible for services through the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. The CARES for KIDS program is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

CARES for KIDS is currently accepting referrals. If you are interested in learning more or recommending someone to the program, please call 1-800-669-4323 or email BIANJ at info@bianj.org.

Support Groups

Brain injury support groups allow people with brain injuries and their family members to meet others in similar situations. They gain valuable emotional support, form friendships, obtain information, and discuss a variety of brain injury topics. Our support groups are located in 17 counties & statewide virtually. The Alliance monitors the activities of these groups, the qualifications of their leaders, and provides information regularly.

Virtual Support Groups

Virtual support groups for survivors are held every other Wednesday at 11:00AM. To register, just click the button below and select the dates you would like to attend.

  • Dec 1, 2021
  • Dec 15, 2021
  • Dec 29, 2021
  • Jan 12, 2022
  • Jan 26, 2022

Evening virtual support groups for survivors are held every other Thursday at 6:30 PM. To register, just click the button below and select the dates you would like to attend.

  • December 16th
  • January 20th
  • February 17th

These virtual support groups for caregivers are held every other Wednesday at 11:00 AM. To register, just click the button below and select the dates you would like to attend.

  • Nov 24, 2021
  • Dec 8, 2021
  • Dec 22, 2021
  • Jan 5, 2022
  • Jan 19, 2022
  • Feb 2, 2022

These virtual support groups for caregivers are held every other Tuesday at 6:30 PM. To register, just click the button below and select the dates you would like to attend.

  • December 14th
  • January 11th
  • February 8th

In-Person Support Groups

During this time, some support groups may not be holding their scheduled meetings.

Please contact the support group leaders listed or the BIANJ office at 732-745-0200 to confirm the status of the group before attending. Thank you for your understanding and know that our staff is here to support you at any time.

Atlantic Group at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation

61 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, NJ 08240-0723
Contact: Nutan Ravani, 856-589-5797
Meeting information will be posted when dates are announced.

Bergen Group at Englewood Hospital

350 Engle St., Englewood, NJ 07631
(follow signs to the meeting room)
Contact: 732-745-0200
Co Facilitator: Caitlin Byrne
Meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm

All meetings are being conducted virtually via GoToMeeting.
Bergen Support Group website: 
www.brain411.org

Passaic/Bergen Group at Rehabilitation Specialists

18-01 Pollitt Drive, Suite 1A, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Contacts: Jennifer Victoria Proano, 201-478-4200, ext. 31
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM

All meetings are being conducted virtually via Zoom.

Bergen County Young Adult Group at Kessler – Saddlebrook

For individuals ages 18-30 years old who have experienced a traumatic or acquired brain injury
1st Floor Outpatient CRP Group Room
300 Market Street, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Contact: Janelle Biamonte, (201) 368-6181
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:00 PM

All meetings are being conducted virtually via Zoom.

Burlington/Camden Group at Kessler Institute

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation – Marlton Campus
92 Brick Road
Marlton, NJ 08052
Contact: Liz Louie, 856-988-8778, ext. 2033
Meeting information will be posted here when dates are announced.

Burlington/Camden Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab

Resnick Center, 3900 Church Rd., Mt. Laurel, 08054
Contact: Cheryl Rubba, bianj.sj.supgrp@gmail.com
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month

All meetings are being conducted virtually via Google Meet.

Burlington/Camden Group at Kessler Institute

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation – Marlton Campus
92 Brick Road
Marlton, NJ 08052
Contact: Liz Louie, 856-988-8778, ext. 2033
Meeting information will be posted here when dates are announced.

Burlington/Camden Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab

Resnick Center, 3900 Church Rd., Mt. Laurel, 08054
Contact: Cheryl Rubba, bianj.sj.supgrp@gmail.com
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month

All meetings are being conducted virtually via Google Meet.

Cumberland Group at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Vineland

1237 West Sherman Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360
Contact: Allison Frederick, Senior SLP, 856-896-2030, allison.frederick@encompasshealth.com
Meeting information will be posted here when dates are announced.

Essex Group at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052
Contact: Judi Weinberger, essexbigroup@gmail.com
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM
All meetings are being conducted virtually via Zoom.

Mercer Group at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital

2381 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Contact: David Searles 609-896-9500 ext. 2244
Meeting information will be posted when dates become available.

Adolescent & Parent Support Groups at Children’s Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick

BIANJ is seeking a brain injury professional to facilitate this group as a volunteer leader. Inquiries may be directed to the Support Group Coordinator at 732-745-0200.

 

Middlesex Group at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Center for Head Injuries

Hartwyck at Oak Tree, 2048 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ
Contact: Paxton Siegel, MSW, LSW, 732-906-2640, ext. 42656
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:00PM
All meetings are being conducted virtually via Zoom.

Monmouth Group at Dorbrook Park Recreation Area

353 County Route 537
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
Contact: Victoria Hardesty, LCSW, CBIS, victoriasmithhardesty@gmail.com
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00PM
Meetings through October 2021 are being held in person at the Barnview Outdoor Pavilion in Dorbrook Park Recreation Area, 353 County Road 537, Colts Neck, NJ 07722. Follow signs for “Activity Center” towards the left when entering the park. The Barnview Pavilion is behind the Activity Center.
Zoom information will be provided if weather calls for rain.

All meetings are held Activity Room at Dorbrook Park Recreation Area, 353 County Route 537, Colts Neck, NJ 07722. Follow signs for “Activity Center” towards the left when entering the park.

Morris Group at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation at Chester Campus

201 Pleasant Hill Road, Chester, NJ 07930
Contact: Nick Hendry and Victoria Caruso, CTRS, 973-252-6322
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6 pm.

Ocean Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab

1433 Hooper Avenue, Suite 131
Toms River, NJ 08753
Contact: Katie Laffan, kathleen.laffan@bancroft.org
Meets the last Tuesday of each month at 4:45PM
All meetings are being conducted virtually via Google Meet.

To join, contact kathleen.laffan@bancroft.org.

Passaic/Bergen Group at Rehabilitation Specialists

18-01 Pollitt Drive, Suite 1A, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Contacts: Contact: Jennifer Victoria-Proano by phone at (201) 478-4200, ext. 31
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM
All meetings are being conducted virtually via Zoom.

Somerset Group

792 Chimney Rock Road, Suite C
Martinesville, NJ 08836
Contact: Lynette McKeon, 908-393-1533
Meeting information will be posted when dates are announced.

BIANJ is actively seeking brain injury professionals interested in volunteering to facilitate monthly support group meetings in the following counties: Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Salem and Sussex. Inquiries may be directed to the Support Group Coordinator at 732-745-0200.

Camp TREK

2021 Virtual Camp TREK Dates:
August 15th – August 19th

CAMP TREK (Together in Recreation, Exploration and Knowledge) is the Alliance’s week-long residential camp program. It provides a valuable experience for individuals with brain injury, offering socialization, recreation and fun. The week also affords a week of respite for caregivers, who often give 24-hour care the remainder of the year.

To be eligible, applicants must have a brain injury, be 18 years or older, and reside in New Jersey.

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions about Camp TREK, contact us at 732-745-0200, or info@bianj.org.

Adopt A Family

October – December 2021

The Adopt A Family Gift Drive is a program that supports families affected by brain injury who otherwise would have difficulty celebrating the holiday season.

Donors from all over the United States have supported the Adopt A Family program. Over 11 years, over 350 families have been adopted. In addition to holiday gifts for children and teens, the program provides gift cards to grocery stores, department stores, and medical supply stores to ensure that no family has to go without essentials.

To donate or adopt a family for the 2021 season, contact us.

Support Coordination

To apply for DDD services, complete the Application for Determination of Eligibility.

To select BIANJ as your Support Coordination agency, please complete the Agency Selection Form.

Contact BIANJ Support Coordination Now!  bianjsc@bianj.org

BIANJ is an approved Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) /Medicaid-approved Support Coordination agency. Support Coordinators provide care management services to adults 21 + who are eligible for DDD services.  Individuals and their families are assisted in identifying services and developing individualized plans based on a person’s needs.

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s Support Coordination team is a collaborative group of professionals with varied backgrounds, work, and life experiences that enrich the collective knowledge base. The team will monitor services and supports, conduct regular visits to ensure that the plan is on track, and assist by staying connected to family members, caregivers, and communities.

BIANJ’s Support Coordination Services are currently being provided in Bergen, Morris, Essex, Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, and Monmouth Counties.

To be determined eligible for DDD services, an individual must:

  • Be a New Jersey resident
  • Be Medicaid eligible
  • Meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, and must document that s/he has a chronic physical and/or intellectual impairment that
  • Manifested in the developmental years, before age 22;
  • Is lifelong; and
  • Substantially limits the individual in at least three of the following life activities:
    • self-care; learning; mobility; communication; self-direction; economic self-sufficiency; and the ability to live independently.

“The Brain Injury Alliance of NJ has been nothing short of a godsend to my family. Their expertise,  compassion, and advocacy have enabled my son to have a better life.  Amber,  my support coordinator, is attentive, empathetic,  knowledgeable, and is always willing to listen.  BIANJ gives me the opportunity to enjoy my son and my grandchildren. I am truly grateful.”

Do you need help? Call the Helpline at 1-800-669-4323.