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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. This program focuses on assessing current needs and developing a plan to help individuals achieve their greatest potential and improve their quality of life.

The CARES Community Resource Specialists can assist with: connection to community based resources and benefits, socialization, referral to vocational rehabilitation and support, finding 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 services.

BIANJ CARES is currently accepting referrals. If you are enrolling in CARES or recommending someone to the program, please complete the referral form here.

If you have questions about CARES, please call 1-800-669-4323 or email info@bianj.org.

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

Our Community Resource Specialist will help you form connections to resources; attend school meetings to ensure success; refer to recreational programs, social services agencies and medical providers; provide education via home visits, community outreach, and more.

To be eligible for CARES for KIDS, the family must live in New Jersey, have a diagnosis of brain injury, and demonstrate a need for services.

CARES for KIDS is currently accepting referrals. If you are interested in enrolling in CARES or would like to refer someone to the program, please complete the referral form here.

If you have questions about CARES, please call 1-800-669-4323 or email info@bianj.org.

BIANJ Support & Other 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 14 counties & statewide virtually. The Alliance monitors the activities of these groups, the qualifications of their leaders, and provides information regularly. 

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. 

BIANJ Groups

Meetings are held: 

Every other Wednesday at 11:00AM 

The fourth Monday of each month at 6:30PM 

Meetings are held: 

The first Wednesday of each month at 11:00AM: 

The second Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM:

BIANJ invites you to attend a caregiver group developed for parents who are caring for a child who has a severe brain injury and requires complete care. This group will focus on providing support along with education and resources on brain injury.

The group is led by support staff from BIANJ and a medical fellow from Hackensack Meridian Health Care, and meets the third Tuesday of each month via Zoom. For more information or to join, contact Elizabeth Van Roten at evanroten@bianj.org.

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.

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                                   Allison Kronyak 201-478-4200, ext.22.                                                                    Shatera Taylor 201-478-4200, ext.19
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM
Meetings are being held in a hybrid format, alternating in-person and virtual meeting. Please contact the support group leader for the location of the upcoming meeting. 

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: Maureen Perno, maureen.perno@bancroft.orgMeets the 3rd Tuesday of each month

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: Maureen Perno, maureen.perno@bancroft.org
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month 

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 on the 1st Tuesday of each month, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Essex Group at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052
Contact: Ashley Solow essexbigroup@gmail.com
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM
This is a hybrid group that alternates between in-person meetings and Zoom meetings.

Hudson County Survivor Support Group 

Contact: Grace Suttle, grace.suttle.94@gmail.com
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM EST. Meetings are being held virtually.
Please contact Grace Suttle at grace.suttle.94@gmail.com for more information and to register.

Mercer Group at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital

2381 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Contact: Leslie Urso, lurso@slrc.org
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: Mackenzie Breitowich – Mackenzie.Breitowich@hmhn.org
Gabby VanMater – Gabrielle.Vanmater@encompasshealth.com
732-460-5389
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM
Follow signs for “Activity Center” towards, taking the first left after entering the park. The Activity Center is at the end of that road.

Morris Group at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation at Chester Campus

201 Pleasant Hill Road, Chester, NJ 07930
Contact: Victoria Caruso, CTRS, CBIS                                                                         Phone Number: 973- 584-7500 x2622 or 973-252-6300
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6 pm.

Ocean Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab

Bancroft Neurorehab
1433 Hooper Avenue, Suite 131
Toms River, NJ 08753
Contact: Carly Surmonte at carly.surmonte@bancroft.org or 732-475-4369
Meetings being held the last Thursday of each month from 7pm-8pm. These meetings are in person at this time and masks are mandatory. 

To join, contact carly.surmonte@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  Allison Kronyak 201-478-4200, ext.22.                                                                    Shatera Taylor 201-478-4200, ext.19
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM

Wednesday, July 12 Meeting has been postponed to July 26

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.

Rutgers Health y BIANJ se complacen en ofrecer un nuevo grupo para sobrevivientes de lesiones cerebrales de habla hispana. Conozca a otros sobrevivientes y obtenga información sobre recursos que lo ayudarán a prosperar.

Todos los miércoles de 5 a 6 p. m. en ZOOM. Comienza el 18 de septiembre.

¡Regístrate ahora!

Let’s Get Social!

BIANJ social groups help individuals who have been affected by brain injury connect with others in an informal setting, to discuss shared interests and experiences. Unlike typical support groups, topics tend to focus on hobbies and leisure activities. BIANJ understands that social connection is an important factor in optimizing quality of life for individuals with brain injury and offers the Happy Hour Group, Brain Book Club, and Artful Minds Club to provide an opportunity for such connection. 

A social group to share hobbies, interests and lighthearted conversation. Meets the 2nd Friday of each month at 4:00PM EST.

A music, movies, and TV discussion group. Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 4pm.

A books and podcasts discussion group. Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 11:00AM EST. 

NOTE: In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the January 15th meeting will take place on January 22nd

For information about the current reading/topic, please contact Stacy Lyons at slyons@bianj.org

Camp TREK

August 18th – 23rd, 2024

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.

For questions about Camp TREK, contact us at 732-745-0200, or info@bianj.org.

BIANJ Peer Mentor Program

This program is designed to connect individuals who have experienced brain injury or caregivers with trained mentors who have successfully navigated similar challenges. The BIANJ Peer Mentor Program fosters a supportive community where individuals can share experiences, gain insights, and find encouragement on their journey towards recovery and rebuilding their lives after a brain injury. Our team of Peer Mentors are volunteers who share their lived experience and wisdom to support a peer partner.

A mentor candidate is a survivor or caregiver who is at least 1 year out from initial injury, demonstrating resilience, and has strong interpersonal skills.

If you would like to be considered as a Peer Mentor, please complete the interest form here: https://fs6.formsite.com/BIANJ2/uk9mbb8dl9/index

A peer candidate is a survivor or caregiver who recognizes their need for support, can understand the role and limitations of a mentor, and is ready to move forward in some ways.

If you would like to be matched with a Peer Mentor, or if you would like to refer someone to be matched, please complete the referral form here: https://fs6.formsite.com/BIANJ2/hsqcuacdcf/index

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 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.