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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 (Care, 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.

  • Jun 30, 2021
  • Jul 14, 2021
  • Jul 28, 2021
  • Aug 11, 2021
  • Aug 25, 2021
  • Sep 8, 2021
  • Sep 22, 2021
  • Oct 6, 2021
  • Oct 20, 2021
  • Nov 3, 2021
  • Nov 17, 2021
  • 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.

  • Jun 24, 2021
  • Jul 8, 2021
  • Jul 22, 2021
  • Aug 5, 2021
  • Aug 19, 2021
  • Sep 2, 2021
  • Sep 16, 2021
  • Sep 30, 2021
  • Oct 14, 2021
  • Oct 28, 2021
  • Nov 11, 2021
  • Nov 25, 2021
  • Dec 9, 2021

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.

  • Jun 23, 2021
  • Jul 7, 2021
  • Jul 21, 2021
  • Aug 4, 2021
  • Aug 18, 2021
  • Sep 1, 2021
  • Sep 15, 2021
  • Sep 29, 2021
  • Oct 13, 2021
  • Oct 27, 2021
  • Nov 10, 2021
  • 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.

  • Jun 29, 2021
  • Jul 13, 2021
  • Jul 27, 2021
  • Aug 10, 2021
  • Aug 24, 2021
  • Sep 7, 2021
  • Sep 21, 2021
  • Oct 5, 2021
  • Oct 19, 2021
  • Nov 2, 2021
  • Nov 16, 2021
  • Nov 30, 2021
  • Dec 14, 2021
  • Dec 28, 2021
  • Jan 11, 2022
  • Jan 25, 2022

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
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 pm
All meetings are held in the Day Room at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, Look for directional signs at the front desk. Parking is free at Bacharach and there are always sufficient handicapped spots.

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 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm

All meetings are held in the Berrie Taub Conference Room Please park in the visitor parking and use the main entrance. Upon entering the hospital, proceed to Berrie Elevators. Take elevators to the 5th floor. Make left to Berrie Taub Conference Room #5503. Signs with arrows will be posted. Once a quarter, a “SPLIT SESSION” occurs where the group is split between survivors and caregivers.  Each group is led by a facilitator.  The dates listed below in bold are split session groups. 
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; Syraeeta Hicks, ext. 19; Hannah Arboleda, ext. 22

Survivors and Families meet as a joint group the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 6:30pm. All meetings are held in the dayroom at Rehabilitation Specialists, look for signs that say Rehabilitation Specialists.

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 at 6:00 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month

All meetings are held in the outpatient Cognitive Rehabilitation (CRP) Group Room at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation – Saddle Brook. The outpatient Cognitive Rehab Program (CRP) Group room is located on the first floor in the outpatient department.

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
Meets the 2nd Wednesdays of each month at 7 pm
All meetings are held in the small group meeting room at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Marlton Campus. There is ample free parking at the facility.

Burlington/Camden Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab

Resnick Center, 3900 Church Rd., Mt. Laurel, 08054
Contact: Cheryl Rubba, bianj.sj.supgrp@gmail.com
Meeting virtually on the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm**
To join, contact bianj.sj.supgrp@gmail.com.

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
Meets the 2nd Wednesdays of each month at 7 pm
All meetings are held in the small group meeting room at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Marlton Campus. There is ample free parking at the facility.

Burlington/Camden Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab

Resnick Center, 3900 Church Rd., Mt. Laurel, 08054
Contact: Cheryl Rubba, bianj.sj.supgrp@gmail.com
Meeting virtually on the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm**
To join, contact
bianj.sj.supgrp@gmail.com

Cape May Group at Cape Regional Medical Center

2 Stone Harbor Blvd., (1st Floor, Maruchi Room)
Cape May Court House, New Jersey 08210
Contact: Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, 732-745-0200
There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

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
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 pm
All meetings are held in the therapy gym. Free parking is available out front and the meeting room is on the first floor, near the main entrance.

Essex Group at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052
Contact: Judi Weinberger, 973-563-1400 or Andrea Gagliano, 973-324-3591
Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.
All meetings are held in Conference Rooms 1 & 2 in the Kessler Conference Center of Kessler Institute at the West Orange Campus. Please park in the Outpatient Parking Lot. Prior to every meeting, all are welcome to attend a gathering for dinner, snack, conversation at the Panera in Essex Green Mall (5:00 PM). Essex Support Group website: www.brain411.org

Gloucester Group at Moss Rehab/Drucker Brain Injury Center

135 South Broad Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Contact: Jazmine Tooles, 856-853-9900, Press 4, then 12
This group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 3 pm.
All meetings are held at Moss Rehab, 135 South Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. You can access the building through our Clubhouse Entrance located on the side of the building. We share a public parking lot with Pep Boys. Please feel free to park in the lot. You will see a ramp that leads to the Clubhouse entrance.

Mercer Group at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital

2381 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Contact: David Searles 609-896-9500 ext. 2244
Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm
All meetings are held in the cafeteria at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital, You can access the building through the main entrance and proceed to the cafeteria on the first floor. Parking in the hospital lot is free.

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: Alex Theordor 732-906-2656
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm
All meetings are held in the Great Room in the Cognitive Rehab wing You can access the building through the main entrance. Parking is free.

Monmouth Group at Dorbrook Park Recreation Area

353 County Route 537
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
Contact: Victoria Smith, vsmith@allairehc.com
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.

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.

All meetings are held in the therapy gym at the Kessler-Chester campus.  You can access the building through the main entrance. Parking is free.

Ocean Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab

1433 Hooper Avenue, Suite 131
Toms River, NJ 08753
Contact: Katie Laffan, 732-475-4423
Meeting virtually on the last Tuesday of each month, 4:45-5:45pm.

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; Syraeeta Hicks ext 19, or Hannah Arboleda ext 22.

Survivors and Families meet as a joint group the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. All meetings are held in the dayroom at Rehabilitation Specialists,  Look for signs that say Rehabilitation Specialists.

Somerset Group

792 Chimney Rock Road, Suite C
Martinesville, NJ 08836
Contact: Lynette McKeon, 908-393-1533
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm.

All meetings are held in the conference room.

Sussex Group at Redeemer Lutheran Church

This group is currently postponed until further notice.

Contact BIANJ at 732-745-0200 for updates.

Camp TREK

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

Contact: info@bianj.org.

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 and reside in New Jersey.

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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.