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									A Chartered State Affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America                                                                 Fall 2009 Edition


    Annual Walk for Thought / Cycle for Safety

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NEWS, EVENTS & FEATURES                                                 DEPARTMENTS & SERVICES

 New Chairperson, Trustees..............................3               Children & Adolescents Committee....................10
 TREK.......................................................4           Clinical Corner...................................................12
                                                                        Advocacy & Public Affairs ...............................14
 Annual Awards...........................................5
                                                                        Ask the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund...................17
 Walk for Thought / Cycle for Safety...............6                    Support Groups..............................................18
 Barbara Natali: Taking Steps for Brain Injury...8                      Tributes & Memorials.....................................20
 Lee Miller: Heart of Gold.............................9                Corporate Circle Member Profiles....................23
              Brain Injury               Brain Injury Association of New Jersey
              Association of
              New Jersey, Inc.        Mission
                                      Our mission is to support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury
 Chairperson
                                      and raise public awareness through education and prevention.
 Michael J. Niemiec
                                      Vision
 Chairperson Elect                    Our vision is a world where all individuals with brain injury and their caregivers
 Edward Kim, MD, MBA                  maximize their quality of life, the consequences of all unavoidable brain injuries
                                      are minimized and all preventable brain injuries are prevented.
 Past Chairperson
 John K. Tiene

 Vice Chairpersons                                      Brain Injury Basics for
 David Grubb
 John W. Indyk                                     Parents and School Professionals
 Irene Parisi, PhD

 Secretary
 Michael H. Greenwald, EdM             Tuesday, October 13
                                       Kean University,
 Treasurer
 Richard Sackin, CPA
                                       University Center, Room 228
                                       1000 Morris Avenue, Union
 Trustees                              7-9 p.m.
 Steven Benvenisti, Esq.               Presenters: Lois Mishkin, MA.CCC/
 Anthony Cuzzola                       LDTC, Speech-Language Pathologist
 Patricia DeHart, RN                   & Independent Learning Consultant &
 Connie Domingo, MD                    Susan Paradise, M.Ed., Educational
 Bonnie Evans, PT, MHA                 Specialist for JFK Johnson Rehabilitation
                                       Institute’s Center for Head Injuries.
 Harrison J. Gordon, Esq.
 Brian D. Greenwald, MD
 Wallace M. Kyle                       Tuesday, October 20
 David Mariconda                       Rowan University,
 Kevin Murnane
 Albert R. Pressler, P.E.
                                       Chamberlain Building,
 Edwin Rivas                           Room 221
                                                                         Both sessions are free. For more
 Barbara Scheffel, RN, CCM             201 Mullica Hill Road,            information about the session or
 Bruce H. Stern, Esq.                  Glassboro                         to RSVP, contact Justin Stanley
                                       6:30–8:30 p.m.                    of the Brain Injury Association of
 Trustees Emeritus                          Marriot Hanover, 1401 Route 10 East, Whippany New Jersey or
                                                                         New Jersey at 732-745-0200
 Milton S. Hall                        Presenter: Barbara Leech, Ph.D.,
                                       Pediatric Neuropsychologist                    jstanley@bianj.org.
 Eugene P. Murnane
 Louise S. Murnane                                       Please call 732.745.0200 for more information
 Morton Perkoff, MD
 Doris Sullivan

                                                  About this Publication
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  Association Names New Chairperson, Officers, and Trustees
                                                     brain injury and has presented at the Brain
The Brain Injury
                                                     Injury Association of New Jersey’s Annual
Association of
                                                     Seminar on several occasions.
New Jersey has
introduced Michael
                                                     David Grubb was elected to the position of Vice
J. Niemiec as
                                                     Chairperson. Mr. Grubb is Executive Director,
its new Board
                                                     Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund.
Chairperson and
                                                     A graduate of Susquehanna University, he
has elected new
                                                     started his career as Safety Manager for Lipton
board members
                                                     Tea before joining A&P Supermarkets as Director
and trustees for
                                                     of Insurance and Pension Investments.
the upcoming
                                                     As Mayor of Park Ridge, in 1985 Grubb
year. John Tiene,
                                                     established the first municipal self-insurance
who served as
                                                     fund in New Jersey and later served as a the
Chairperson for
                            Michael J. Niemiec       state’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner. In
the last two years,
                                                     1990, he acquired PERMA, the risk management
will remain on the
                                                     services firm that currently manages twenty
board with the title
                                                     governmental insurance funds in the state.
of Past Chairperson.
                                                     Two new trustees being welcomed to the board
Mike Niemiec is a lifelong New Jersey resident
                                                     are Patricia DeHart and David Mariconda.
who currently resides in Whitehouse Station.
He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College (BA,
                                                     With more than 30 years experience,
Psychology, 1973) and Fairleigh Dickinson
                                                     Patricia DeHart has made several significant
University (MBA, Finance, 1976). Prior to joining
                                                     achievements in the healthcare field. She
Unity Bank as a Vice President and Relationship
                                                     has been employed at Bristol Myers Squibb
Manager in their Clinton office, Mr. Niemiec had
                                                     since 1988, and currently serves as Regional
a long career in commercial banking and on Wall
                                                     Director of Managed Pharmacy. Ms. DeHart
Street as an institutional bond trader, portfolio
                                                     has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business
manager, and a member of the Chicago Board
                                                     Administration from Thomas Edison State
of Trade. Mr. Niemiec has served on a number
                                                     College in Trenton, and a Diploma of
of charitable and community service boards
                                                     Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University in
during his career. He and his wife Margaret
                                                     Philadelphia.
(Ed.D, Rutgers University) have three grown
daughters.
                                                     David Mariconda graduated from Seton
                                                     Hall University in 1979 with a B.S. degree
Edward Kim, MD, MBA will be stepping into the
                                                     in Accounting. In 2006 he sustained a
position of Chairperson Elect of the Association’s
                                                     hemorrhagic stroke and is now right side
Board. Dr. Kim is currently Director of Health
                                                     affected, and has difficulty with walking and
Outcomes at Eisai, Inc., a pharmaceutical
                                                     using his right arm. He is currently involved
company in Woodcliff Lake, where he conducts
                                                     with three support groups and has been a
health services research and economic modeling
                                                     member of the Council for the Head Injured
for neuroscience and oncology medicines. He
                                                     Community (CHIC) for two years. He is married
received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard
                                                     and has two sons.
University and his MD from Jefferson Medical
College in Philadelphia, completing his
                                                     Board Officers elected to new terms include
psychiatric residency at Thomas Jefferson
                                                     Vice Chairperson John W. Indyk, Vice
University Hospital.
                                                     Chairperson Irene Parisi, Secretary Michael
He earned an MBA from the University
                                                     Greenwald, and Treasurer Richard Sackin.
of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Kim
                                                     Trustees elected to new terms include Steven
has conducted research and published on
                                                     Benvenisti, Esq., Harrison J. Gordon, Esq., Kevin
neuropsychiatric complications of traumatic
                                                     Murname, Al Pressler, and Edwin Rivas.
Fall 2009                                                                                     Page 3
               TREK 2009
TREK (Together in Recreation, Exploration, and
Knowledge, the Association’s weeklong residential
camp program, took place from August 23-29
at Camp Ockanickon in Medford. Adults with
brain injury enjoyed a week of independence,
recreation and socialization, while their caregivers
could experience a week of respite. Campers
took part in activities such as art, dance, poetry,
swimming, boating, outdoor sports and nature
study.




           Sun N' Fun Day
 Sun N' Fun Day, held on July 16 in Ocean
City, New Jersey, gave individuals with brain
injury and their families the opportunity to
spend the day on the beach and in the ocean.
The Cape/Atlantic Brain Injury Support Group,
sponsored the event, and provided guests
with "surf chairs," which enabled those with
physical limitations to cross the beach and go
into the water.




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 Awards Given to Individuals
  for Hard Work, Dedication
At the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey's Annual
meeting, several awards were given out to individuals
for their outstanding contributions in the area of brain
injury.

Silvio O. Conte Award for Public Awareness and
Education is presented to an individual or group
for public awareness and education based on an
outstanding record of contributions that further the
goals of the Association through work at the state
and/or local level. This year the award went to four
young men who helped to raise national awareness
of brain injury by riding their bikes across country.
The team was led by Gary Conger, and he was
accompanied by friends Will Darche, Jaraun Wright,
and Diego Ortiz, all from Morristown.
In 2004, shortly after graduation from West
Orange High School, Gary Conger was involved in a          Gary Conger (center) receives the Silvio O. Conte award from Chairperson John K.
devastating car crash and sustained a traumatic brain      Tiene (left) and President & CEO Barbara Geiger-Parker (right).

injury.
  For Gary the bike ride was an opportunity that
helped to justify his recovery and to prove to himself
and to others that resiliency can overcome any
obstacle. The young men, in addition to touching the
minds and hearts of thousands, raised more than
$5000.

The Founders Award for Volunteer Service is
presented to recognize individuals or groups who
have rendered exceptional volunteer services that
benefit persons with brain injury and their families.
This year's recipients were Lorraine Adawi and Nancy
Sommerville from Rehabilitation Specialists in Fair
Lawn. Lorraine and Nancy have been instrumental
in expanding the Walk for Thought / Cycle for
Safety event to the northern part of the state. Their
conscientious attitude and committment to brain
injury has helped to raise additional support for the
services of the Association and increased awareness
of both the Association and brain injury among the         From Left to Right: Lorraine Adawi, Board Chairperson John K. Tiene, Nancy
larger community.                                          Somerville, and President & CEO Barbara Geiger-Parker. Lorraine Adawi and Nancy
                                                           Somerville were recipients of the Founders Award for Volunteer Service.


The James and Sarah Brady Award for Public
Service was given to Pamela Fischer. She has been          for injury prevention and has been instrumental in
at the forefront in advocating and supporting safety       increasing the public’s awareness and support of this
programs that are new and innovative and have              national health care concern.
helped to save lives and prevent life-long disabilities
across all age groups. Pam is the very exceptional and     Also, at the Annual Meeting, Association employees
dynamic Director for the Division of Highway Traffic        were awarded for their many years of dedication to
Safety and has been an influential safety advocate          the Association. Congratulations and thank you to
for over twenty years. Ms. Fischer through her work        Jill Schulman, Senior Director of Development, for
at the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, has been a       20 years of service; and Judi Weinberger, Director of
staunch supporter of the Brain Injury Association of       Family Support and Vocational Projects for ten years
New Jersey ‘s wide ranging prevention programs. She        of service. Also, a special thank you to John K. Tiene
has been a true champion and articulate spokesperson       for serving as Chairperson since 2007.

Fall 2009                                                                                                                        Page 5
       Step Up to the Starting Line : It's Time to Walk/Cycle
A brain injury can happen to anyone at
anytime—the soldier injured in Iraq, the
toddler who fell down the stairs, the teenager
hit by a car while riding her bike.
On Saturday, October 17, at the Brain Injury
Association of New Jersey’s annual Walk
for Thought / Cycle for Safety, New Jersey
residents will gather to raise awareness for
individuals who have been affected by brain
injury, to celebrate the achievements of people
living with brain injury, and to honor those who
have sustained brain injuries and cannot walk
with us.

The event will take place in two locations:

Washington Crossing State Park
Sullivan’s Grove
355 Washington Crossing-Penn Road
Titusville, New Jersey

Saddle River County Park
                                                        Special Thanks to Our
Dunkerhook Area, Pavilion D, North Trail
Paramus Road
                                                          2009 Sponsors!
Paramus, New Jersey

The Walk for Thought / Cycle for Safety begins      • Children's Specialized Hospital
at 10 a.m., with registration starting at 9.
Registration may also be done in advance by
visiting www.bianj.org. All participants will       • Custom Cable Crafters, Inc.
receive a free t-shirt and will have a chance to
win other prizes and giveaways. If you would
like to participate but cannot make it to the       • Davis, Saperstein & Solomon, P.C.
event on October 17, you can take part in a
Virtual Walk for Thought / Cycle for Safety.
Learn more by visiting the link above.
                                                    • JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute,
Donations are still accepted after the event.         Center for Head Injuries
Please support participants by mailing in the
donation form on the following page.
Brain injury is the signature injury of the War     • Mercadien, PC, CPAs
in Iraq, a leading cause of death and disability
among young people, and a growing risk
for older Americans. Yet it remains under-          • Bancroft NeuroHealth
recognized and under-funded. Walk For
Thought / Cycle For Safety is a community
effort to acknowledge the brain injuries            • Beechwood Rehabilitation
sustained every day as a result of falls, motor
vehicle crashes, blast injuries, sports injuries,
                                                      Specialists
anoxia, aneurisms, and other types of trauma
to the brain.                                       • Valley National Bank
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ONE VOICE
        Barbara Natali:
 Taking Steps For Brain Injury
The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey's Walk
for Thought / Cycle for Safety can mean many
different things for many different individuals. For
Barbara Natali of North Bergen, this year's event
is a momentous occasion: It will be the first time
she participates without the help of a wheelchair or
cane.
"I feel so liberated," Barbara said. "It took a lot of
hard work and praying to God to get to this point."
Barbara was in a wheelchair for four-and-a-half
years after sustaining a brain aneurysm six years
ago.
Before the aneurism Barbara was extremely                volunteers at an assisted living home helping with
healthy, swam as part of her daily routine. One          arts and crafts and serving as a companion.
morning she just woke up and couldn't breathe.           Since the injury Barbara has gone through much
Her first instinct was to call for help, which did        occupational, physical, and cognitive therapy
save her life as she was rushed to the hospital          at Rehabilitation Specialists in Fair Lawn.
and later medivacked out to a medical facility that      Rehabilitation Specialists is a coordinating partner
could potentially save her life. She later found out     of the Walk for Thought / Cycle for Safety.
about the aneurysm, and that it was the type that        The event will take place at two locations on
only 2 percent of people survive. "I was in great        October 17: Saddle River County Park, Dunkerhook
shape. This could've happened to anyone," she            Area, in Paramus; and Washington Crossing State
said.                                                    Park in Titusville. For more information, or to make
Now Barbara is walking in an event to help               a donation to Barbara’s walk, please visit www.bianj.
raise awareness and funds for brain injury. "I           org.
want people to know just how crucial this is,"           As Barbara prepares for the walk she has advice for
she explained. "The support and funds are very           other individuals with brain injury who might be
important to people with brain injury."                  going through some of the same things she has.
Barbara says she hopes to help other people in any       "Be patient and take it one day at a time," she said.
way possible. Because of her rehabilitation, she is      "Baby steps will get you to your goal." That, Barbara
walking unaided, once again active and currently         says, is a lesson taught to her by her father.


                         A Concussion is a Brain Injury




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ONE VOICE
     Lee Miller: Heart of Gold
 After spending 19 years in a wheelchair, Medford
resident Lee Miller is back on his feet, and he will
be using themto raise support and awareness
on Saturday, October 17 at the Brain Injury
Association of New Jersey's Walk for Thought /
Cycle for Safety.
 After being involved in a serious motor vehicle
accident where he sustained nerve damage, spinal
cord damage, and a brain injury, Lee's doctors said
he would never walk again. And for a long time he
couldn't. But after taking on a whole new attitude
and spending hours upon hours at intense physical,
occupational, and cognitive therapy sessions, Lee
said goodbye to his wheelchair for good.
 "I was just really tired of that darn chair," Lee
said. "So I had to challenge myself. It was hard,
but I wanted things to change for me."
 And change they did. Not only is Lee walking now,
but he's also running...for Gold medals!
 Once he was able to walk, Lee decided he wanted
to get more involved in activities. He contacted
Jeanne Bozicek, Special Olympics coordinator
for adults at Bancroft Neurohealth and asked if
he could participate in some way. With Jeanne's
encouragement, Lee decided he would start
training for races.
 From that point on Lee and Jeanne started
training together once a week by running around
a track. "He's extremely dedicated," Jeanne says
of Lee. "He decided he wanted to do this and was
out there every day and never quit. He's a very         Lee Miller won three gold medals and a silver medal at the Special Olympics.
positive person."
 After training for several weeks, Lee was ready to     he comes in contact with. His doctors, nurses,
compete in the All South Jersey Special Olympcs         co-workers, and neighbors all rave about him.
in Blackwood. Unfortunately on that day he had          "He has made a remarkable recovery," said
yet another obstacle to overcome. He had just had       Anne Nagle, a receptionist at Temple Neurology
tubes put into his ears and it was making him feel      who Lee has become friendly with. "He is a
dizzy. But that didn't stop him.                        wonderful individual. He is truly an inspiration
 "What's the worst that could've happened?," Lee        to all of us."
asks. "Maybe I would fall but I've already done that     Lee is now iiving on his own in Medford. He
plenty of times."                                       enjoys watching movies, photography, and
 Not only did Lee go ahead with the race, but he        fish tanks. He will also start giving talks about
won! He finished first in his division in the 800         brain injury and his experiences at various
meter walk and 100 meter run, taking home               organizations. Lately he has spent much of his
two gold medals. He also qualified for the Special       time preparing for the Walk/Cycle event October
Olympic Games at the College of New Jersey, which       17. He has been collecting donations, raising
would feature winners from throughout the state.        awareness, and training to walk the course.
And Lee's winning continued there, as he took            "Even if everything I am doing helps just one
home a gold and silver medal in his events.             person it will all be worth it," Lee said. "I'm not
 "I wouldn't have even cared if I got a medal or        doing this for myself. I want to be able to help
not," Lee said. "It was the fact that I could run and   others."
walk right for the first time in years that made me       To find out more information about the Walk /
happy."                                                 Cycle, or to make a donation in honor of Lee's
 Lee seems to be a positive influence on whoever         efforts, please visit www.bianj.org.

Fall 2009                                                                                                                       Page 9
CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS LESSONS
          Planning Healthcare for Children with Traumatic
                    Brain Injury in the School
         By Judith A. Woop, M. Ed. R.N.                  treatment of students, assistance with activities
                                                         of daily living, transfers, creating a barrier-free
  According to the Centers for Disease Control           environment, physical and occupational therapies,
and Prevention, every 23 seconds a person in the         psychological counseling and delegation of non-
United States sustains a Traumatic Brain Injury          nursing tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel.
(TBI). The New Jersey Center for Health Statistics       The school nurse will monitor the administration
identified 23,667 children diagnosed with TBI in          and compliance of daily medication and assist
2007, yet only 1,260 students were classified in the      the student to identify medication strategies to
schools as TBI receiving Special Education services.     manage pain. The student will learn to identify and
  Since under-identification and/or misidentification      implement effective memory strategies to arrive at
may occur within the educational system, parents         the health office at scheduled times to perform
of children returning to school after a serious brain    self-care skills.
injury should contact their child’s school to begin        When the student re-enters school, class
planning for the student’s re entry when the child       scheduling, lunch, rest periods, adherence to
is in the hospital, or awaiting discharge. Parents are   state physical education requirements, mobility
encouraged to coordinate information between the         throughout the school campus and the impact of
medical/rehab facility and the school system.            medications on the student’s cognitive and physical
  Physical effects of brain injury such as seizures,     abilities will be reviewed with the educational
headaches, fatigue, visual and hearing difficulties       support team, school nurse and administrators.
and loss of motor control and coordination will          Sports and extra curricular activities as well as
require accommodations and strategies to assist the      transportation to and from school are included in
student during the school day. Under guidelines          the total school plan.
developed by the New Jersey Department of                  In addition, the student, parents and school staff
Education, certified school nurses determine which        will meet to review medical/healthcare records
students need an individualized healthcare plan          and the school nurse will provide interpretation
and collaborate with parents and the student’s           of the IHP to educational and support staff as
medical home to address the student’s physical and       needed. The school nurse will in-service staff on
emotional needs. The Individualized Health Care          the nature of acquired brain injury and the effects
Plan (IHP) includes management and monitoring            of traumatic brain injury on memory to learning
of medications, physical accommodations and              and behavior. Teachers will be able to monitor the
treatments/therapies the student will require while      student’s activity tolerance and make adjustments
in school.                                               in class assignments as needed. The teacher/
  In order to coordinate delivery of health related      nurse will provide classmates with age appropriate
services in the school, the IHP, provides written        information of the student’s condition to encourage
documentation to clarify and consolidate health          empathy and understanding based on the parent’s
information that is meaningful for students, family      request.
and staff. Parents/guardians will be required to           A tour of the empty building and a walk through
sign a release to share this information between         of the student’s schedule prior to re-entry in order
the school and medical providers and the school          to modify the school environment will serve to
will also obtain parental and student permission to      promote safety, remove environmental hazards or
share relevant medical info with school personnel        barriers in hallways, encourage the use of hand rails
who have a legitimate need to know. In addition,         in bathrooms and on stairs and arrange furniture
the student and family will determine what               to promote easy access for student. A successful
information they wish to share with peers.               reentry plan will also include an emergency
  Nursing care plans include assessment and              evacuation plan and emergency management of

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the student during school hours. A review of the      environment with minimal directions from staff,
school emergency evacuation procedures will assist    report to the Health Office daily to take prescribed
in determining the need for special adaptations for   medications, participate in self care activities, utilize
the student’s disability.                             community resources as support and assistance
   The school nurse will establish a mode of          with reintegration into school and describe himself/
communication with the parents/guardians to           herself as an active part of the school community.
facilitate coordination of medical treatment and to     The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey’s
monitor student’s social and emotional adjustment.    Brain Injury: A Guide for School Nurses provides
Parent participation is encouraged as a means of      additional information about planning healthcare
sharing student progress, and collaboration with      for children with brain injury in the school system,
the educational team and private therapy services     including a sample IHP for students with brain
will assist in promoting social skills enhancement,   injury. The guide is free and available to download
 assist the student in managing negative behavior     from the Association’s website at www.bianj.org.
 and involve peers in social skills training when
 appropriate.
   It is anticipated that effective nursing
 interventions as outlined in the student’s IHP and    Judith A. Woop is a member of the Brain Injury
 continuous evaluation of the student’s progress      Association of New Jersey’s Children & Adolescents
 will demonstrate that the student will be able to:   Committee, past President of the New Jersey
 participate in the usual school activities without   School Nurse’s Association, and a professor at
 signs of fatigue, improve school attendance with     Caldwell College in their school nursing program.
 accommodations as needed, navigate the school




Fall 2009                                                                                           Page 11
CLINICAL CORNER

Frequently Asked Questions                                  What should I know about psychopharmaceutical
                                                            medications for persons with brain injury?
  about Neuropsychiatrists                                  There are numerous medications which can
                                                            be of benefit, depending on the symptoms.
                                                            Antidepressant medications may relieve symptoms
              By Emmanuel Hriso, M.D.                       of depression and anxiety, psychostimulants
                                                            and medications which work on the dopamine
                                                            system may relieve apathy, lack of motivation
What is a neuropsychiatrist / behavioral neurologist?
                                                            and problems with concentration and focus,
A neuropsychiatrist is a psychiatrist specializing in
                                                            cholinergic medications can help with memory,
the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting
                                                            mood stabilizers and antipsychotic agents can be
the brain which cause behavioral, psychological
                                                            beneficial in patients who have irritability, paranoia
and psychiatric symptoms. For example, a
                                                            and mood swings. Other medication can help
temporal lobe epileptic patient who present
                                                            with sleep problems. Some medications can also
with psychosis, a patient with dementia who has
                                                            aggravate the symptoms or cause side effects and
agitation and paranoid thoughts, someone with
                                                            drug to drug interactions.
Parkinson’s disease who has depression, a TBI
patient with irritability, poor concentration and
                                                            What should I know about other therapies for
impulsive behavior etc. A behavioral neurologist is
                                                            persons with brain injury?
a neurologist who also specializes in the same areas,
                                                            Other therapies include individual psychotherapy
but also tends to study the aphasias, or disorders
                                                            and counseling, family and marital therapies, group
of language, which can occur for instance after
                                                            therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive
strokes. The neuropsychiatrist generally completes
                                                            rehabilitation, and vocational rehabilitation.
a 4 year residency in psychiatry and then a one
year fellowship in neuropsychiatry. A behavioral
                                                            Can a neuropsychiatrist provide referrals for
neurologist completes a 3 year neurology residency
                                                            outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation programs?
and then a one year fellowship in behavioral
                                                            Yes, just like those programs could also refer to a
neurology. Sometimes, there are combined
                                                            neuropsychiatrist.
residency programs which trains physicians to be
both psychiatrists and neurologists, with knowledge
                                                            What kind of funding sources do neuropsychiatrists
in neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology.
                                                            accept?
                                                            Depends on the individual. Some Doctors are on
How is a neuropsychiatrist different from a psychiatrist?
                                                            the panel or participate with numerous insurance
Generally, a neuropsychiatrist is a psychiatrist who
                                                            companies, some do not.
has training in neuropsychiatry.
                                                            Will I need a referral to see a neuropsychiatrist?
What neuropsychiatric conditions can a person with
                                                            Generally not but some situations may require it.
brain injury have?
Patients with brain injuries can have numerous
                                                            How can I find a neuropsychiatrist?
neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as mood
                                                            There are many ways, through the American
problems (depression, irritability, sometimes manic,
                                                            Psychiatric Association, through programs and
impulsive, disinhibited states), poor concentration
                                                            centers which specialize in the diagnosis and
and focus, impaired short term memory, impulsive
                                                            treatment of brain injuries and other neurological
behaviors, post traumatic symptoms with
                                                            disorders, through case managers, insurance
hypervigilence and hyperreactivity, nightmares,
                                                            companies, and also through word of mouth and
anxiety, insomnia, paranoia, abnormal behavior in
                                                            preestablished reputation, interest and specialty in
social situations, and difficulties with interpersonal
                                                            the field.
and professional relationships as a result.
                                                            Emmanuel Hriso, M.D., is the Chairman of the
How can a neuropsychiatrist help people with brain
                                                            Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
injury?
                                                            at Christ Hospital, a Clinical Assistant Professor
A neuropsychiatrist can offer medications to help
                                                            of Psychiatry at UMDNJ/RWJ Medical School and
with the symptoms described above, as well as
                                                            a Clinical Assistant Professor at JFK Neuroscience
individual and family counseling to help patients
                                                            Institute/Seton Hall University. He’s also in private
and their families cope with brain injury.
                                                            practice, psychiatry and neuropsychiatry.



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ADVOCACY BRIEF
             CHIC Helps Members Help Themselves, Others
                                                   By Tom Grady
                                      Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs


 The mission of the Association's Council for the          much value in CHIC.
Head Injured Community (CHIC) is to champion                “Over the past four years my involvement with
and publicize the advocacy, rights, and needs of           CHIC has provided me with many benefits. I have
people who have survived a brain injury. This              learned how to advocate for myself and others
is done through advancing the Association’s                through CHIC-organized events in Trenton with
views on legislation, raising awareness of brain           the state legislature. These activities have also
injury amongst elected officials, and partaking in          given me the self-esteem that comes from knowing
educational events such as Mike-at-the-Mike, a             that I am making a difference for myself and for
panel discussion developed by CHIC to educate              others, rather than simply letting other people do
others about issues related to brain injury at the         things for me. CHIC has also provided me with
Association’s annual seminar.                              a community of people who are dealing with the
 Being a member of CHIC is a fantastic experience          same issues I face on a daily basis. The monthly
for long-time members. One such member, Joe                meetings and other activities planned by CHIC
Caminiti, says, “being involved with CHIC has              provide me with a place to go and enjoyable people
empowered me to function better in the world.              to do things with. I also take great pride in the
I have not only been able to help myself, I have           work CHIC does to educate the community about
been able to help others. I have been involved             brain injury,” said Cheryl.
with the Association’s advocacy program as well             Jesse Clark, another current and longtime member
as the Mentor program. None of this would have             of CHIC has played an instrumental role in
been possible without the support of CHIC."                the Association’s government relations efforts.
 Cheryl Weber, who was very active with CHIC               Referring to his efforts to realize full-funding
until life circumstances changed her schedule, saw         for the federal Traumatic Brain Injury Act, Jesse
                                                           said “I was able to go to Washington, D.C. to
                                                           promote the need for full-funding of the TBI
                                                           Act. I cannot begin to say how good I feel about
                                                           having the opportunity to make a positive
                            5666 Clymer Road               difference for individuals with brain injury on
                            Quakertown, PA 18951           such a large scale. I would not have been able to

An individual with a neurologic impairment,                do so without the help of CHIC.”
                                                            There are others like Joe, Cheryl, and Jesse who
especially a traumatic brain injury, is the focus          value CHIC and want to address important issues
of Success Rehabilitation’s programs.                      related to brain injury. To do this effectively, the
                                                           collective voice of people with brain injury must be
 Our goal is to help clients obtain a realistic,           heard by elected officials. It is imperative that this
                                                           collective voice become stronger and louder.
 maximum level of independent functioning in
 the least restrictive community environment ~
 one that advances individual productivity and
 well-being.
Success Rehabilitation’s CARF-accredited,
cost-effective brain injury programs include:
        Residential Rehabilitation
        Long-term Residential Rehabilitation
        Vocational Services
For the rehabilitation needs of your clients with a
traumatic brain injury, call:
  Phone 215.538.3488     Fax 215.538.8692
     e-mail: success@successrehab.com
       web: www.successrehab.com

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  Creating tomorrows... today
                                                     For 125 years, Bancroft NeuroHealth has
  New program in Plainsboro                          helped people with brain injuries rebuild their
                                                     lives, step by step.
  Bancroft recently acquired a program in               Our person-centered programs are based on
  Plainsboro, New Jersey, which consists of          the needs of each individual, with the goal of
  residential and day services for adults with       helping each person reach his or her maximum
  acquired brain injuries. The program               level of independence and lead the most
  operates eight supervised apartments in a          fulfilling life possible.
  suburban apartment complex near                       With a range of community-based and
  Princeton, as well as a day program site           campus-based options, Bancroft provides a full
  about a mile away.                                 continuum of life skills rehabilitation at several
                                                     locations in New Jersey. These include a return
                                                     to school, work, social and recreational
                   Bancroft NeuroHealth              activities.
                   programs are accredited by
                   CARF, the Commission on
                                                        Our outcomes-oriented planning encourages
                   Accreditation of Rehabilitation   personal achievement — leading to both greater
                   Facilities.                       independence and reduced costs.

                                                     To learn more about Bancroft’s programs and
                                                     services for people with acquired brain injuries,
                                                     call us or visit us online:
                        Years of Making
                        a Difference
                                                     1-800-774-5516
                                                     www.bancroftneurohealth.org


Fall 2009                                                                                         Page 15
Page 16   Fall 2009
ASK THE FUND
Your Insight into the TBI Fund
                                                      About the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund:
Dear TBI Fund,                                        To qualify for the TBI Fund, an individual must
What are some of the services and supports that       have a brain injury under the following definition:
you provide?                                          "an acquired injury to the brain. This term does
                                                      not include brain dysfunction caused by congenital
- Nick in North Bergen, NJ                            or degenerative disorders or birth trauma but may
                                                      include injuries caused by anoxia due to trauma."
Dear Nick,                                            This means that congenital disorders (such as
                                                      cerebral palsy), birth trauma (such as "forceps
The Fund will consider supports and services that     birth") and degenerative disorders (such as
are related to your brain injury. These may include   multiple sclerosis) are not covered under the Fund.
                                                      However, other injuries such as stroke, anoxia and
but are not limited to:
                                                      traumatic brain injury would be eligible.
• Home modifications
• Service coordination
                                                      “Ask The Fund” is contributed by the Division of Disability
• Assistive technology                                Services of the New Jersey Department of Human Services.
• Cognitive therapy                                   Letters are responded to by DDS staff who manage the TBI
                                                      Fund. If you have a question you would like to “Ask The Fund”,
• Neuropsychological services
                                                      please write to:
• Pharmaceuticals
• Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies                                  “Ask The Fund”
                                                                                  TBI Fund
                                                                       Division of Disability Services
                                                                                P.O. Box 700
                                                                             Trenton, NJ 08625




Fall 2009                                                                                                Page 17
                                       Brain Injury Association of New Jersey

                                    Affiliated Support Groups
Brain injury support groups exist to allow persons with brain injury and their family members to meet others
who are in similar situations, gain valuable emotional support from one another, form friendships, obtain
information and resources, and hear speakers discuss a variety of brain injury topics. They are an opportunity for
both persons with brain injury and their family members to discuss the difficulties and hardships they are facing,
as well as the accomplishments and joys in their lives.

Atlantic/Cape May Group                                      Middlesex Group
at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation                    at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Center for Head Injuries
61 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona                              Hartwyck at Oak Tree, 2048 Oak Tree Road, Edison
Contact: Nutan Ravani, 856-589-5797                          Contact: Kathleen Worthington 732-906-2640 ext.
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm                  Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6pm

Burlington/Camden Group                                      Monmouth Group
at Bancroft NeuroHealth                                      at Dorbrook Park Recreation Area
201 South Kings Highway, Cherry Hill                         Route 537, Colts Neck
Contact: Katie Kelly, 856-616-6437 or Kristin Lukianovich,
                                                             Contact: BIANJ Office, 732-745-0200
856-616-6433
                                                             Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7pm
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm
                                                             Morris Group
Burlington/Camden Group
                                                             at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation at Chester Campus
at Marlton Rehabilitation Hospital
92 Brick Road, Marlton                                       Pleasant Hill Road, Chester
Contact: Nutan Ravani, 856 988-8778                          Contact: Rachel Jacobowitz, 973-252-6300 ext. 220
Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7pm        Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6pm


Cumberland Group                                             Ocean Group
at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Vineland           at Community Medical Center
1237 West Sherman Avenue, Vineland                           99 Highway 37 West, Toms River
Contact: Eurgenio Rocksmith M.D. 856-696-7100                Contact: Vicky Hardy, 732-557-8000, ext. 10226 & Pam
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7pm                   Lightfoot, ext. 11547
                                                             Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm
Essex Group
at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation                      Passaic/Bergen Group
1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange                        at Rehabilitation Specialists
Contact: Betty Collins, 973-731-3600                         18-01 Pollitt Drive, Suite 1A, Fair Lawn
Meets the second and last Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm    Family Contact: Dawn Scala 201-478-4200 ext. 19 & Jennifer
                                                             Victoria Proano, ext. 31
Gloucester Group
at Moss Rehab/Drucker Brain Injury Center                    Voices That Count (Survivors)
135 South Broad Street, Woodbury                             Contact: Carly Schoener at 201-478-4200, ext. 26
Contact: Dayna Scott, 856-853-9900, ext. 102                 Both groups meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at
Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30pm                 6:30pm


Hunterdon/Somerset Group                                     Salem Group
at The Meadows at Oldwick                                    at Memorial Hospital of Salem County
159 Oldwick Road, Oldwick                                    310 Woodstown Road, Salem. Conference Room, 4th Floor
Contact: Kathy Loder-Murphy 732-932-6725                     Communication and Education Center
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m.        Contact: Diane Lynn Robbins at 609-202-9902
                                                             Meets the Second Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m.
Mercer Group
at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital                      Sussex Group
Conference Room 117,                                         at Redeemer Lutheran Church
2381 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville                       37 Newton Sparta Road, Newton
Contact: David Searles, 609-896-9500, ext. 2303              Contact: Vince D'Orio, 732 627-9890 ext. 220
Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm              Meets the 2nd Wednesday of month at 8pm (March – Nov.);
                                                             7-8pm: Business Meeting; 8-9pm: Support Group Meeting




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                           Unaffiliated Support Groups
The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey provides this information as a public service, and does not monitor
the activities of groups that are not affiliated with our agency.

Bergen County Group                                      Meetings: Second Saturday of every month at 10am
at Englewood Hospital                                    NOTE: These meetings are for stroke patients,
350 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ 07631 – Berrie           caretaker/family member involved in their care
Education Room
Contact: Jane & Joe Concato, 201-666-2015                Middlesex County Group
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30pm             at Central NJ Brain Tumor Support & Resource Center
                                                         St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church
Camden County Group                                      300 Clinton Ave.
at Katz Jewish Community Center                          North Plainfield, NJ
Stroke Support Group                                     website: njbt.org
1301 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill, NJ         Contact: Patty Anthony, 732-321-7000, ext. 68998
08003                                                    or Virginia/Stan Shrodo, 908-685-0917
Contact: Sharon Singer, 856-424-4444, ext. 228           Meetings: 1st Thursday of every month from
Meets every Monday morning from 10:30-11:30am.           7-8:30pm
Attendees must be a member of the Katz Jewish
Community Center, but scholarships are available and     Middlesex County Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support
members can be of any faith.                             Group
                                                         at NJ Neuroscience Institute
Essex County Group                                       Conference Room, 65 James Street, Edison, NJ
Opportunity Project                                      Contact: Nancy DePinto, 732 321-7000, ext. 68973
60 East Willow Street, Millburn, NJ 07041 (Essex         Meetings: Last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
County)
Contact: Bob Marlin, 973-887-0818                        Monmouth & Ocean County Brain Tumor Support Group
Meetings are held one evening a month, from 6:30-        at Wall Township Branch of Monmouth County Library
8:30pm. The date of the meeting varies from month        2700 Allaire Road, Wall, NJ 07719
to month; please call the contact for specific meeting    Contact: Ilene and David Lewis, 732-615-9220
dates.                                                   Meets the first Saturday of the month 3:00 – 4:45
NOTE: This is a young men’s brain injury support         p.m., except in summer. During summer, (July and
group, ages ranging from 19-49.                          August), meets second Thursday of month, 7:00 to
                                                         8:30 p.m.
Gloucester County Group
at Apostles’ Lutheran Church                             Union County Stroke Club
4401 Black Horse Pike (Route 42), Turnervsville, NJ      at RW Johnson University Hospital Rahway
08012                                                    865 Stone Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
Contact: Theresa May, 856-629-8487                       Contact: Rehabilitation Department, 732-499-6012
Directions: 856-629-4228                                 Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 12:30 to
Meetings: Every Wednesday night                          2:00 p.m. Registration required.
NOTE: This is a “clubhouse” model group for
recreation/networking.                                   Pennsylvania

Hunterdon County Group                                   Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
at Hunterdon Medical Center                              34th Street & Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822                 19104-4399
Contact: Gwen Bartlett-Palmer, 908 391-5503
Meetings: 2nd Thursday of every month at 7pm             Support Group for Parents & Caregivers of Children
                                                         with Brain Injury
Mercer County Group                                      Contact: Maureen Sullivan, MSW, 215-590-7645
at Capital Health System                                 Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7:00
Stroke Support Group                                     to 8:30 p.m. Please call to RSVP.
Mercer Campus, 446 Bellevue Avenue, Conference
Room A, Trenton, NJ                                      Support Group for Teens & Young Adults with Brain
Contact: LouAnn McGinty, RN, MSN Neuroscience            Injury (Ages 13-21)
Nurse Coordinator (609) 394-6000 or Reverend             Contact: Dr. Gayle Chesley, 267-426-7388
Berlinda Love, Coordinator (609) 882-1378 for            Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7:00
information or to register.                              to 8:30 p.m. Please call to RSVP.



Fall 2009                                                                                            Page 19
Tributes and
Memorials                                              Brain Injury Association of New Jersey

                                                             Giving Program
June 2, 2009 - August 31, 2009


                                                  Tributes:
                                                  You may honor someone, show admiration or
Tributes                                          gratitude, or even recognize a special occasion
                                                  by making a donation in someone else's name.
In Honor of Gary Conger & Friends Cross-
Country Charity BikeTrip                          Memorials:
Julia Bruno                                       You may honor the memory of someone or
Carol Conger                                      recognize an individual or occasion by paying
Janet Villareal                                   tribute with a memorial donation.

In Honor of Kenny Cronin’s Birthday
                                                  Matching Gifts:
Ellen Pitel                                       You may be able to double the value of your
Veronica Thompson                                 gift! Prior to mailing a donation, please check
                                                  with your employer to see if the company offers
In Honor of Brian D. Greenwald being awarded      a matching gifts program. It may be necessary
The Mount Sinai Hospital Attending for the Year   to obtain a matching gift form through your
Jaime Levine                                      company's personnel department. See page 21
                                                  for Matching Gift opportunities.
In Honor of Henry Bowman’s 6th Birthday
Margaret M. DiFrancesco                           For more information on giving, contact Jill
Jill Deitch                                       Schulman, Senior Director or Development,
                                                  732.745.0200.
Jami Pawelec
Thomas Price
Michele Toto



Memorials


In Memory of Laura Chapnick
Mr. and Mrs. Max Levine


In Memory of Douglas Guminsky
Brenda Harrison Mulvey


In Memory of Marcellus Willis
Albert Pressler



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Fall 2009   Page 21
                            Corporate Circle
Corporate Circle offers the unique opportunity for businesses to partner with the Brain
Injury Association of New Jersey in supporting individuals affected by brain injury. For more
information please contact Jill Schulman, Senior Director of Development, (732) 745-0200.

Gold Circle
                                                 •   Stark & Stark, P.C.
• Davis, Saperstein & Solomon, P.C.                  Lawrenceville, NJ, 800-535-3425
  Teaneck & Edison, NJ                               http://www.stark-stark.com/
  1-800-529-2000                                 •   Universal Institute Rehabilitation & Fitness
  http://www.dsslaw.com/                             Center, Inc
                                                     Livingston, NJ, 800-468-5440
                                                     http://www.uirehab.com/
• Gordon & Gordon, P.C.
  Springfield, NJ
  973-276-2400
  http://www.lawgordon.com/                      Bronze Circle

                                                 •   Atlantic Rehabilitation
Silver Circle                                        at Morristown Memorial Hospital
                                                     Morristown, NJ, 800-247-9580
•   Bancroft NeuroHealth
                                                 •   Community Skills Program
    Haddonfield, NJ, 856-429-0010
                                                     Marlton, NJ, 856-596-5122
    http://www.bancroftneurohealth.org

                                                 •   New Jersey Skylands Insurance Companies
•   HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals
                                                     Basking Ridge, NJ, 908-696-5715
    Tinton Falls & Toms River, NJ, 800-765-
    4772
                                                 •   Willow Creek Rehabilitation and Care Center
    http://www.healthsouth.com/
                                                     Somerset, NJ 732-246-4100
•   JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
    Edison, NJ, 732-321-7000
    http://www.njrehab.org/                      Copper Circle

•   Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation         •   American Physical Therapy Association of New
    West Orange, NJ, 973-731-3600                    Jersey
    http://www.kessler-rehab.com/                    Robbinsville, NJ

•   The MENTOR Network                           •   Beechwood Rehabilitation Services
    Mt. Laurel & Somerset, NJ, 732-627-9890          Langhorne, PA
    http://thementornetwork.com/home.aspx
                                                 •   Independence Rehabilitation Services, P.C.
•   PLUS NeuroRehabilitation                         Cherry Hill, NJ
    Egg Harbor City, NJ, 609-404-7877
    http://www.plusnj.com/                       •   Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
                                                     Princeton, NJ
•   Rehabilitation Specialists
    Fair Lawn, NJ, 800-441-7488                  •   New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals
    http://www.rehab-specialists.com/                Trenton, NJ
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                              Corporate Profiles
 Throughout the year, the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey provides backgrounds on several of the members
 that comprise our Corporate Circle. While the descriptions are not meant to be an endorsement, we hope you will
 find the information useful. These members are involved through their volunteerism and financial support.


Gold Circle
                                                           Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation - Kessler
Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC - Steven                   Institute is a well-known leader in the evaluation
Benvenisti, Esq., Partner with the law firm of Davis,       and treatment of individuals with brain injuries.
Saperstein & Salomon, PC, in Teaneck and Edison,           U.S. News and World Report has ranked
N.J., 800-529-2000, is the chairman of the Brain           Kessler Institute as the premier facility of its
                                                           kind in the East and among the top five in
and Catastrophic Injury Department of one of the
                                                           the country. Kessler Institute provides acute,
largest personal injury law offices in northern New
                                                           comprehensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation
Jersey. Mr. Benvenisti knows first hand the tragedy         programs managed by a team of rehabilitation
of a catastrophic injury, having been struck and           specialists that offer patients with brain
severely injured as a pedestrian prior to attending        injuries a coordinated system of care designed
law school. His experience has motivated him to fight       to improve physical and cognitive outcomes.
hard for each and every client who has sustained a         Brain injury services are located at both the West
catastrophic injury through no fault of their own.         Orange and Chester facilities, including extensive
Mr. Benvenisti is a member of the Brain Injury             outpatient services with several levels of cognitive
Association of New Jersey Board of Trustees.               remediation therapy. Kessler has also been
http://www.dsslaw.com/                                     designated by the federal government as a model
                                                           system for the treatment and research of spinal
                                                           cord injury. With four hospital facilities and more
Gordon & Gordon, P.C. - Harrison J. Gordon is the          than 30 outpatient sites in New Jersey, Kessler
Senior Partner of Gordon & Gordon, P.C., a prominent       Institute for Rehabilitation is the state’s largest
law firm with a concentration in cases involving            rehabilitation provider.
traumatic brain injury. Selected to be one of the Top
Ten Leaders of Northern New Jersey Personal Injury         Stark & Stark is a central New Jersey law firm,
and Trial Attorneys by Digital Press International,        founded in 1933, offering a full range of legal
2003 - 2004. Harrison is a past President of the           services to individuals and businesses, including
Association of Trial Lawyers of America-New Jersey         tax and estate planning, divorce and family law,
(ATLA-NJ), a member of the Executive Committee             real estate and residential real estate closings,
of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and         general business law, business litigation,
                                                           bankruptcy, personal injury and workers’
the National Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation
                                                           compensation. The firm comprises over 75
Group. Mr. Gordon is a member of the Brain Injury
                                                           attorneys supported by a staff in excess of 125.
Association of New Jersey Board of Trustees.
http://www.lawgordon.com/
                                                           Bronze Circle

Silver Circle                                              Community Skills Program – Community Skills
                                                           Program®, a private non-residential brain injury
                                                           rehabilitation program, was founded in 1981. On
Bancroft NeuroHealth - A New Jersey non-                   a one-to-one basis, our staff assist individuals
profit corporation, has been serving people with            with brain injuries in New Jersey and Eastern
disabilities since 1883. Based in Haddonfield,              Pennsylvania to achieve a better quality of life
N.J., Bancroft serves more than 1,000 individuals          through development of productive activities in
with acquired brain injuries and developmental             home, work, school, and/or recreational settings.
disabilities. With more than 140 sites throughout          A program plan, based on the individual’s needs,
southern New Jersey and Delaware, Bancroft                 is implemented in each client’s own home and
NeuroHealth is recognized as a leader in                   community and typically includes cognitive
rehabilitation, education and community based              rehabilitation therapy, vocational services and
vocational and residential services.                       family involvement.

Fall 2009                                                                                              Page 23
                                  Dr. Brett J. Prince and Staff
Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Associates, L.L.C. is a Specialized Rehabilitation and Forensic practice.
Our Inpatient and Outpatient Clinical Focus includes the following:
• NEUROPSYCHOLOGY Disorders of Memory/Cognition/Learning, for example: Head Injuries/Concussions;
   Dementia; ADD/ADHD; Post-Stroke, Post-Cardiac and Post-Neurosurgical Deficits; Anoxic, Toxic/Metabolic,
   Infectious/Lyme and other Encephalopathies; Stress-Related Cognitive Dysfunction; Atypical Presentations; etc.
• BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE Stress-Aggravated Medical Conditions, Coping with Chronic Medical Problems,
   Sleep/Fatigue Disorders, Substance Abuse, Symptom Magnification, Surgical Appropriateness.
• Mental Health aspects of PAIN MANAGEMENT Narcotic Analgesic/SCS/IT Appropriateness, Malingering,
   Somatization, Complex Cases.
• FORENSICS Expert Review, Analysis and Testimony; Causality and Permanency Determinations; Disability;
   Prediction Models; MMI; Vocational Issues; Auto Accidents; Workman's Compensation.
• CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, Trauma.
AGES TREATED: Pediatrics to Geriatrics.
TREATMENT:            Neuropsycholgical Testing, Psychological Testing, Psychotherapy, Biofeedback, a
comprehensive Cognitive Rehabilitation Program, and Academic Structuring.
                                                 LOCATIONS
Monmouth County: 160 Avenue At The Common, Suite 1; Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Ocean County: 1541 Route 88 West, Suite G; Brick, NJ 08724
Main Phone: (732) 836-9770      Fax: (732) 836-9774

                    Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, Inc.                          NONPROFIT ORG.
                    825 Georges Avenue, Second Floor                                       U.S. POSTAGE
                    North Brunswick, NJ 08902
                                                                                                 PAID
                    Phone: 732-745-0200 Fax: 732-745-0211
                                                                                           Permit No. 974
                    Family Helpline (Toll-Free in NJ): 1-800-669-4323
                                                                                       New Brunswick, NJ 08901
                    Visit our website: www.bianj.org


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                                                        Please notify our office with any change of address

     BIANJ is a statewide membership organization dedicated to providing education, outreach, prevention, advocacy
                   and support services to all persons affected by brain injury and to the general public.

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