Brain Injury Services Program

The Brain Injury Services Program works to improve the lives of Iowans living with brain injuries by linking those individuals and their families to needed information, services, and supports as well as training service providers and other professionals on how to best work with people who have sustained a brain injury. 

Brain injuries are typically classified as either "acquired" or "traumatic".  Acquired brain injuries describe all types of brain injuries, which can be caused by conditions such as trauma to the brain, strokes, infections, poisoning or toxic exposures, or lack of oxygen to the brain.  Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by an external force such as hitting your head during a fall or car crash, from a collision with an object or another person during activities such as participating in sports or when assaulted.  Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury. Brain Injuries not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or caused by birth trauma.

Iowa Dept of Public Health partners with Iowa Dept of Education to develop Concussion Management Guidelines for Iowa Schools

The Iowa Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, developed concussion Management Guidelines for Iowa Schools for immediate roll out.  These guidelines expand on the recommendations currently available through a post-concussion management model, called REAP (which stands for Remove/Reduce, Educate, Adjust/Accommodate), and are applicable to all students, regardless of age or affiliation with sports.

Concussion can affect a student in both the classroom and at home; therefore, all parts of a student's life should be taken into consideration and addressed by the student's concussion management team.  The guidelines bring together health care providers, school nurses, coaches, teachers, parents and others supporting Iowa youth to work as a team to manage a concussion through a coordinated return to learn process.  

Individuals, schools, and organizations wishing to learn more about concussions and REAP, or to request technical assistance for developing concussion management policies, should contact the Brain Injury Program at 515-281-8465. 

Concussion Guidelines for Iowa Schools (electronic)  PDF

Concussion Guidelines for Iowa Schools (printable)  PDF

REAP manual  PDF

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August 2017 Concussion Awareness Month 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate as many as 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur in the U. S. each year; however, when concussions are properly recognized and managed within the first few weeks after injury, most individuals recover without lingering symptoms.

Thursday, August 3, Governor Reynolds signed a proclamation designating August as Concussion Awareness month in Iowa.

To learn more about concussion, visit www.iowaconcussion.org

August 2017 concussion proclamation  PDF

Important Links

  • Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa (BIA-IA) provides a free, confidential service, called Neuro-Resource Facilitation, to any Iowan impacted by brain injury to choose, obtain, and keep needed services and supports.  Call 1-855-444-6443 or email info@biaia.org for more information.
  • Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) provides training and consultations to organizations supporting people with brain injury.  Call (515) 720-1454 to speak to their Training Director to learn more about in-house training opportunities.
  • Iowa's home and community based services brain injury training modules are available online.  This course, or an approved equivalent, is required for HCBS/BI waiver service provision.
  • 2013-2017 Iowa's State Plan for Brain Injuries.  Developed by the Iowa Governor's Council on Brain Injuries, this document provides recommendations for the future direction of brain injury service systems.
  • Brainline.org is a national online source for brain injury information.
  • CDC HEADS UP on Concussion is a national online source for information and training on concussion.
  • Iowa COMPASS is Iowa's free statewide information and referral service for people with disabilities, their families, service providers, and others.
  • Living Well Iowa promotes health and wellness information and activities for Iowans with disabilities
  • Disability Rights Iowa is Iowa's protection and advocacy agency which aims to defend and promote human and legal rights of Iowas with disabilities.


For more information contact the Brain Injury Program Manager, at (515) 281-8465