Current Programs and
Programs & Services Database
BIAOH regularly updates and
maintains a database of over 2000 providers in over 70 service
categories. State Office and CSN staff search the database to link
individuals with needed services and supports.
BIAOH Annual Conference
We regret that the BIAOH annual conference
for those living with brain injury has been cancelled for 2011 due to funding
cuts. We hope to provide several smaller, regional conferences in
place of the state conference, and will provide further details as they
Outreach, Prevention & Training
BIAOH’s website (www.biaoh.org),
update memos, newsletter, and action alerts inform members and
supporters of developments within the brain injury and wider disability
community, sources of assistance, upcoming events, and ways to become
involved. Through trainings, curriculum development, literature
distribution, and prevention initiatives, BIAOH also promotes awareness
BIAOH promotes public policy and system
changes to improve services to individuals with brain injury and their
families to make them more accessible, available, appropriate, and
acceptable. This effort is central to BIAOH’s purpose since in Ohio
there is no identified state agency responsible for the long-term
service and support needs of one of the state’s largest disability
Linkage & Technical Assistance to
BIAOH maintains a database of over 50
independent support groups around the state offering peer support. BIAOH
regularly shares information with group leaders, and provides technical
assistance upon request.
Call the State Office for the local contact's phone
(800) toll free in Ohio
Answers to Questions about CSN (Community
For a map of your area and a list of your contacts,
What is the Community Support Network (CSN) Initiative?
The CSN Program is the Brain Injury Association of Ohio's (BIAOH) plan to extend and
enhance its information, resource identification and outreach services by placing
"field" staff in fifteen (15) geographic areas inclusive of all 88 counties.
(Such services have traditionally originated from BIAOH's state office in Columbus, mainly
through its toll-free helpline number.) Its primary goal is to link individuals with brain
injury and their families to existing services and supports. CSN Coordinators (initially
one per site) will also facilitate information exchange and collaboration between area
providers and BIAOH support group members as a means to better link individuals with brain
injury to existing opportunities for services and supports. For example, CSN Coordinators
will establish regular contact with the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission's area
offices, County Job and Family Services Departments, Boards of Mental Retardation and
Developmental Disabilities, local hospitals, nursing facilities and rehabilitation
centers, Special Education Regional Resource and Independent Living Centers, etc. BIAOH's
state office provides CSN Coordinators with administrative support, supervision, training,
and technical assistance, including access to its statewide database of programs and
Where Did the Idea for CSNs Originate?
CSNs, as a central and otherwise missing component of a comprehensive model service
coordination system, respond to a number of goals and action steps identified in the
1999-2004 Strategic Plan, jointly developed by BIAOH and the Ohio Brain Injury Advisory
Committee (BIAC). (BIAC, based at the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission is
identified in statute as the state-level, inter-governmental planning and coordinating
body for Ohioans with brain injury.) BIAOH and BIAC leaders examined the success of
similar pilots in states such as Minnesota and Alabama before recommending CSNs be
established as part of the state's model service coordination continuum. The model is
known as "The Ohio Plan: Building Ramps to the Human Service System for People with
What is the Start-Up Schedule for the 15 CSN Locations?
CSN sites are staffed as funds become available. The first two were established during
1997, one in Northwest Ohio (Area 1) and one in Northeast Ohio (Area 7) with RSC Brain
Injury Program funds. In late 2000 a third CSN office in the Cleveland area was opened
supported by RSC Brain Injury Program funds servicing Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake Counties.
In addition, RSC's successful grant application to the Health Resources and Services
Administration (U.S. Dept. HHS) for a TBI State Implementation grant supports four
"targeted" CSNs (Areas 8, 11, 13 & 15). The grant is entitled
"Operation MAPS: Maximizing Access to Programs
and Supports for Individuals with Brain Injury.
What are "Targeted" CSNs and Where Are They Located?
"Targeted" CSNs, such as those identified in the TBI State Implementation Grant,
have an added layer of goals related to "access" challenge areas. These
challenge areas include the need, through the CSN program, to 1) increase outreach and
assistance to minority populations and 2) achieve closer collaboration with key service
agencies such as County Boards of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities,
Independent Living Centers, Head Start, and County Mental Health and Drug Addiction
Services. "Targeted" CSNs are co-located with organizations well
positioned to assist in addressing these "access" challenge areas. Area #8's CSN
is located within space provided by Society For Equal Access (S.E.A.) Independent Living
Center in Dover; Area #11 CSN, located within space provided by Child Development Council
(CDC) Head Start in Columbus; Area #13 within the Hamilton County Board of MR/DD
in Cincinnati, and Area #15 located within Pioneer Independent Living
Center at Washington State Community College.
What are the Key Merits and Principles of the CSN Initiative?
- Represents a central, all-but-missing component in a comprehensive model service
coordination continuum for the state, known as "The Ohio Plan"
- Recognizes that individuals with brain injury and their families need life-long access
to a comprehensive service coordination continuum, though they may choose to be actively
engaged in the system only during times of special needs, such as those associated with
periods of transition
- Responds to pervasive and frequently expressed consumer requests for assistance to
"find the help we need when we need it"
- Builds linkages to other tiers of the existing system; does not supplant but complements
- Values the development and delivery of services which are person and family-centered,
provide community based support, and which promote choice and self-direction.
Future Development of CSNs
BIAOH and BIAC leaders see establishment of all 15 Ohio CSN sites as the logical next
step toward development of "The Ohio Plan," a comprehensive model system
assuring that individuals with brian injury and their families receive the assistance they
need in accessing all available services and supports. They envision CSNs as enduring
entities, providing individuals with brain injury and their families with reliable and
consistent source of assistance to cope with the life-long challenges associated with this
disability. Leaders also feel that CSNs might, at a future point, add other service
components, such as prevention and social initiatives. They understand diverse and
on-going sources of funding will be necessary for the growth and maintenance of BIAOH's
CSN Program, and have begun to address this challenge.
For more information contact:
Brain Injury Association of Ohio
P.O. Box 21325
Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-481-7100 or toll free in Ohio: