Brain Injury

Brain injury treatment requires a highly trained, experienced staff. At Community Rehabilitation Hospitals, many of our staff have acquired a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) certification. These individuals have demonstrated the wide variety of unique skills and knowledge that are essential to treat individuals with brain injury. The brain injury program consists of distinct treatment teams and specialized treatment space and is staffed with a physiatrist (a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and a neuropsychologist. This allows for a combined approach using medication and behavioral treatment programs. In addition to a physiatrist and a neuropsychologist, the core team is also composed of rehabilitation nursing staff, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech-language pathologist, a recreational therapist and a case manager. The patient and his or her family are also considered an integral part of the team.

Our brain injury rehabilitation program focuses on both physical and cognitive rehabilitation. From a cognitive standpoint, the program provides treatment and education directed towards the behavioral and cognitive aspects of a brain injury that often prevent patients from returning home independently. Patients will participate in individual and group therapy sessions on the unit, within the hospital and in the community, as appropriate to meet the individual's goals. The interdisciplinary team meets weekly to update goals, adjust treatment plans and notify the payor of progress. Patient and family conferences with the case manager and a member of the therapy team are offered to provide formalized communication of patient progress and discharge plan.

Family members play an important role in rehabilitation; they supply the treatment team with valuable information and help set goals. Communication between the family and treatment team is essential. Research has demonstrated that people with brain injury have better outcomes when their families and close significant others are involved in the rehabilitation program. Families might be asked to participate in therapy during the patient's stay.

Brain Injury Support Groups

Community Rehab Hospital

We host a monthly brain injury support group at Community Rehab Hospital that is open to anyone who is recovering from a brain injury.

When: Third Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Community Rehab Hospital North, First Floor Day Room
RSVP: For more information, please contact Matthew Ernest at or 317-585-5426.

Community Howard Specialty Hospital

When: Third Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
Where: Community Howard Specialty Hospital, 829 N. Dixon Rd, Kokomo, IN 46901
RSVP: For more information, call 765-472-3172.

Other Indiana Groups

The Brain Injury Association of Indiana offers local support groups throughout the state of Indiana. Please visit to contact the Indiana BIAA group for support group details.