BI Care Network

Brain Injury Care Network of New Mexico

Brain injury affects people of any age or walk of life. Brain injury is far more common than many people think. The burden of brain injury on an individual, family, community, and society is enormous. Brain injury is not just a one-time event with temporary, evanescing symptoms. For people with long-lasting mild TBI symptoms and for people with moderate to severe TBI and their families, injury can be the start of lives changed forever. We invite you to learn and become part of the solution. Rehabilitation from brain injury is possible and necessary, and it starts with education.

Brain injury is not another silo. Brain injury is in every silo, often in significant numbers: homeless, incarcerated, domestic violence, substance use, youth who’ve been in foster care, children, adolescents, veterans, elderly, and more.

Training for Healthcare Providers, First Responders, and Front Line Staff is Crucial

The overarching goal of our project is to establish training programs for health care providers, first responders, and front-line staff in identification and management of brain injury

We are grateful to the Brain Injury Advisory Council to the NM Governor’s Commission on Disability and the NM Dept of Health, Epidemiology and Response Division for funding.

Goal 1
Train health care providers to identify and manage brain injury in patients in New Mexico, especially in survivors of interpersonal violence including those with hypoxic brain injuries from strangulation. See the training video on the left.

Goal 2
Train first responders to identify and manage brain injury in residents of  New Mexico, especially in survivors of interpersonal violence including those with hypoxic brain injuries from strangulation. You can help people who may appear to be drunk or on drugs but who actually suffer from brain injury. See the training video on the left. 

Goal 3 
Carry out research on the needs of domestic violence shelter staff so relevant training increasingly benefits the roughly 70% of interpersonal violence survivors who have experienced brain injury. Click on the video to the left for an important introduction to brain injury for front-line staff.

Goal 4
Provide training on treatment of people living with brain injury to behavioral health providers.

Goal 5
Train workers in community agencies to screen for brain injury and make or request referrals for appropriate rehabilitation therapies and supports and services.

Goal 6
Promote the training and certification of Brain Injury Specialists in health care, behavioral health care, DV agencies, and State and private agencies across the State of New Mexico.

Do You Know How Many People Live with Brain Injury? It’s an epidemic!

Everyone is at risk for brain injury. A fall, a MVA, an assault – these are all common causes of traumatic brain injury. Many groups are at higher risk or have a higher incidence than the general population:

More than one of two homeless or marginally housed persons.
From 1/4 to all incarcerated individuals, depending on the level of incarceration.
Two of three young adults with a history of being in foster care.
15% of high school students reported a concussion within the past year.
There is a high bi-directional correlation between TBI and substance abuse.

Risk and rates are high in these groups:
Every non-White racial group
The elderly
Abused children
Athletes, and student-athletes
Children with ADHD

Four in ten adult New Mexicans are estimated to have experienced brain injury with loss of consciousness. About 59,000 are estimated to need care.
(References available upon request)

Traumatic brain injury is only one kind of brain injury. It is caused by a blow to the head. There are many other causes of brain injury including stroke, heart attack, infection, toxic exposure, and more.

The Domestic Violence Connection: Domestic Violence Survivors and Perpetrators

The lifetime incidence of domestic violence for women in NM is 37.6%; we are 23rd in the nation. The lifetime incidence of domestic violence for men in NM is 33.3%; we are 16th in the nation.

70% of female DV survivors report TBI, with over 60% saying they have had more TBIs than they can count. Non-fatal strangulation causes anoxic brain injuries; a single incident of non-fatal strangulation increases a woman’s risk of death within one year by the perpetrator by any means by over 750%.

60% of DV perpetrators are reported to have had TBI.

References provided upon request.