Resources from your Indiana Brain Injury Lawyer

As a current Emeritus Board of Directors, Past Board of Directors and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Indiana (BIAI), John P. Young has the experience to represent you, your family and or your friends when brain injury strikes.   Mr. Young has seen brain injury strike in many ways including highway accidents, semi tractor-trailer accidents, drunk driving accidents, construction accidents and motorcycle accidents. The brain injury may be known immediately, but it may also be hidden, by what are thought to be more severe injuries at the time, such as paralysis including paraplegia and quadriplegia, amputation, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and blindness.   Brain injury has many obvious effects such as requiring hospitalization, testing and rehabilitation.  While this is occurring, you have lost wages and medical bills.  The more subtle effects are changes in personality including becoming more emotional or doing things that are considered socially unacceptable.

When brain injury strikes, you do not have to go at it alone.  BIAI was founded by a group of families who were dealing with brain injury suffered by a loved one.  They each were frustrated because no one would give them any direction or guidance on how to deal with the brain injury or tell them what resources were available to help their loved one achieve the best possible outcome.  BIAI is a wealth of information to help you help yourself or your loved ones.  You can access the BIAI website by going to www.biaiusa.org/indiana.  BIAI’s mailing address is Brain Injury Association of Indiana, PO Box 24167, Indianapolis, Indiana 46224, P: (317) 356-7722 F: (317) 481-1825.

Support Groups are an essential tool to helping Hoosiers cope with this injury.  A listing of local support groups includes:

Anderson  – 1st Friday of the month

Sharon and John Blake
Date:  Begins April 2, 2010
Location:  Aspire Indiana, 2020 Brown Street
Anderson, IN
765-620-9815 (John) or 765-641-8345
Meeting time:  2:00 – 4:00 pm (will end promptly at 4:00)

Bloomington – 1st Mon. 6:00 to 7:00

Rebecca Eberle, MA, CCC, SP
Laura Karcher, MA, CCC-SLP
Indiana University: Dept. of Speech & Hearing
200 S. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
W (812) 855-6251
Web site (You will see links on the right side for our support group and a valuable TBI Brochure in PDF format)

Columbus – 1st Tues. 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Katie Novreske
Columbus Regional Hospital
2400 E. 17th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
812-375-3685 or 800-841-4938

Corydon; 1st Saturday, 2-4pm

Joe Ward
(502) 713-3351 or (812) 225-5252

Fort Wayne – 1st Mon 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Kristin Smith
Parkview Hospital
2200 Randallia Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
W (260) 373-9765
P (260) 401-1433

Indianapolis – Support Group for Veterans – The 3rd Monday of the month from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Robbie Schmidt
Location: VA Medical Center Room C4077
(317) 988-3554

Indianapolis – Bridging the Gap –  The 4th Monday of every month from 7:00pm until 9:00pm

Dr. Samantha Backhaus or Heather McCann
For Adults (age 16 and older) who have experienced a brain injury within the last year or who have completed formal rehabilitation in the last year, as well as their family members, friends, or caregivers.
Neuro Rehab Center
9531 Valparaiso Court
Indianapolis, IN 46268.
Phone 317-879-8940

Indianapolis – Southside – 2nd Saturday 9:00am

Bryan & Janna Downer
2nd Saturday at 9:00 am
Meeting Location:
Bob Evans
7515 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN
317-357-1567

Indianapolis – For Parents of Children with Brain Injury – The first Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30 pm

This support group is for parents of children with acquired brain injuries, ages infancy to 21 years of age, and is held the first Monday of each month at 6:00 PM.

Contact Kathy Munroe for directions to the Conference Room
(317) 962-5009 or [email protected]

Indianapolis – Westside – 1st Monday 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

Elaine and Paul Howard
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
4141 Shore Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46254
317-299-6433

Kokomo – 3rd Monday 7:00p.m.

Russ and Sue Ragland
Howard Regional Hospital
1008 N. Indiana Avenue
Kokomo, IN 46901
Survivor
317-877-6807

Muncie – 1st Tuesday 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Pat Webb: 765-254-3840
Medical Consultants
800 S. Tillotson
Muncie, IN 47304
Pat Webb at 765-254-3840 for more information.

South Bend – 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00p.m.

Barb Baker
6384 N. 900 E
New Carlisle, IN 46552
H (574) 654-8559

Southeastern Indiana – 3rd Thursday 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

Bob and Beverly Setree
802 Webster Blvd
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
W (502) 452-9851

Terre Haute – 3rd Wednesday 7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.

Leon Huffman
Wabash Valley Brain Injury Support Group (Terre Haute)
Third Thursday of each month- 7:00 PM
Vigo County Main Library (downstairs Room A)
7th & Popular Street
Terre Haute, IN
217-382-4598
[email protected]

Vincennes – 2nd Monday 6:00p.m.

Mary Ann Cazel M.S. CCC-SLP
Good Samaritan Hospital
Eva Hill Auditorium
520 South Seventh Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
(812) 885-3011
[email protected]

For Information regarding support groups in the surrounding states, please call:

Brain Injury Association of Illinois (312) 726-5699
Brain Injury Association of Kentucky (502) 493-0609
Brain Injury Association of Michigan (810) 229-5880
Brain Injury Association of Missouri (314) 426-4024
Brain Injury Association of Ohio (614) 481-7100

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