Welcome to the Screening and Navigating MA Resources Module!

In Module 2, participants will review the TBI screening tool and learn how to implement the tool and interpret results. TBI resources in Massachusetts will also be included.

Module 2 Objectives

After completing this module, you will have acquired knowledge about:

  • Why it is important to screen for a TBI
  • When and how to implement the TBI Screening Tool
  • How to interpret the results of the TBI Screening Tool
  • What are the next steps to take if a TBI is identified
  • What resources are available in Massachusetts for TBI

About the Author

This course has modified the original content developed by MPHI to serve the needs of older adults. Content enhancements have been completed by Dr. Brie Insalaco, Gabriela Lawrence-Soto, Program Coordinator for ACL grant on elders called “Improving Massachusetts Systems of Care for Elders Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury” at the Mass Rehabilitation Commission and Liz Harnois, an Information and Resource Specialist for Elders at the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. Ms. Lawrence-Soto has widespread experience working with the elderly, brain injury survivors, and people with disabilities. Some of the notable “Front-Line” roles that have provided her with the passion to advocate for preserving and enhancing independence for individuals with disabilities in the community include work as a Care Manager and Intake Specialist at an Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) in Suffolk County, a Home Links Care Manager for the Greater New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; a OneCare Long Term Services and Supports Coordinator and Traumatic brain Injury (TBI) Case Manager for a community agency contracted with the Statewide Head Injury Program at MRC. Ms. Lawrence-Soto is a certified Options Counselor for MA. Ms. Harnois provides information and resources to survivors and family members, and is the primary resource for the toll-free line created for elder-related brain injury information calls. She is responsible conducting outreach activities for the grant. Prior to her role at BIA-MA, Ms. Harnois gained experience through her role as an elder Protective Service Worker at an ASAP in Norfolk County. In that role, she acquired knowledge about the elder service delivery system in Massachusetts and the resources that exist for people over 60. Before her work with elders, Ms. Harnois was a Family Preservation Coordinator in a women’s prison where she gained experience in navigating between state systems including the Department of Corrections and the Department of Children and Families.