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The mission of Brain Injury Services of SWVA is to help children and adults living with brain injury improve the quality of their lives and reintegrate into family and community.
Glossary of Terms

Active Status
Individuals served are considered to be in active status if they receive a minimum of one substantive documented case management service within a thirty-day period.

Any individual seeking case management from BIS SWVA.

Acquired Brain Injury
In 1997, the Brain Injury Association adopted the following definition: An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth. The injury commonly results in a change in neuronal activities that affects the physical integrity, the metabolic activity, or the functional ability of the brain cell. Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) includes the definition of “traumatic brain injury” and is described as an insult to the brain, not of a degenerative or congenital nature, but caused by an external physical force that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning.

This term may include brain injuries caused by anoxia, toxicity, infectious diseases, hypoxia and cerebral vascular accidents but does not include brain dysfunction caused by congenital or degenerative disorders, nor birth trauma.

Case Management:
The process of identifying, planning, coordinating, and monitoring services and resources to meet an individual's needs. Areas of need which are frequently the focus of case management services include:

  • Behavior/Self Direction
  • Communication
  • Education/School Re-entry
  • Family
  • Family Support
  • Financial Assistance
  • Independent Living
  • Mobility
  • Recreation
  • Respite Care
  • Self Care
  • Socialization
  • Transportation
  • Vocation

Case Management Plan — Adult
Document completed by the Case Manager, individual, and other individuals of the client's choice which identifies a personal goal, and the client's strengths and barriers to meet that goal.

Case Management Plan — Child & Adolescent
Document completed by the child's or adolescent's Case Manager, parent/legal guardian, and others invited by the family, which identifies goals to be addressed collaboratively by all involved.

Individuals who meet eligibility criteria for service and are assigned a Case Manager.

Closed Status
Individuals are placed in closed status when Case Management Services are no longer being provided.

Community Integration Questionnaire (CIQ)
A measurement tool used by Case Managers to evaluate an individual's level of integration in the home and community.

Consult Status
An individual who lives outside of the BIS SWVA service area is not eligible for full active services, but is provided with consult services. Consult services are offered in the BISSWVA office or other agreed upon location within the BISSWVA service area. Consult services include I&R and assistance in developing appropriate services.

Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
A document developed by a school and parent/advocate team to address the unique learning needs of students receiving special education services.

Individuals Served
An "individual served" is a person who has been accepted by the Intake Review Board (IRB) as eligible to receive case management. The term "client" is also used to identify persons eligible to receive case management within a three-month period.

Intake Review Board (IRB)
A group of representatives from BIS SWVA and the community. This group meets monthly to determine the eligibility and priority ranking for each applicant presented.

Pending Status
Individuals are placed in pending status when he/she has not provided sufficient information to determine eligibility.

Any contact made on behalf of an individual seeking information or applicant status.

Service Follow — Along Status
Individuals are placed in Service Follow-along status when he/she has met their goals but need minimal service to maintain their level of integration into the community.

Waiting List
The waiting list is a document that contains priority order by date of contact of all individuals who have been determined eligible for services by the IRB but for whom no Case Manager is available.
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“Brain Injury Services of SWVA is funded in part by state general funds appropriated by the Virginia General Assembly and administered by the
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services”