New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Fund
The TBI Fund provides New Jersey residents of any age, who have survived a traumatic brain injury, the opportunity to access the brain injury related services and supports they need to live in the community. The Fund purchases supports and services to foster independence and maximize quality of life when insurance, personal resources, and/or public programs are unavailable to meet those needs. A portion of the Fund also is used to support public education, outreach, and prevention activities related to TBI.
ELIGIBILITYFund recipients must:
- Provide medical documentation of brain injury
- Have liquid assets of less than $100,000
- Be a resident of New Jersey for at least 90 consecutive days
DEFINITIONSTraumatic Brain Injury
To qualify for the Fund, an individual must have an acquired brain injury; defined as an injury to the brain caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury/neuro-trauma that disrupts the normal brain function, where continued impairment can be demonstrated. This definition does not include dysfunction caused by congenital or degenerative disorders, birth trauma, or injuries caused by other circumstances.
Liquid assets include checking accounts, savings accounts, CDs, stocks and bonds. The Fund does not consider your primary home or your primary vehicle as "liquid assets," nor do we consider your IRA or 401k, unless you are of retirement age.
Services and Supports
The Fund will consider supports and services that are related to your brain injury. These may include but are not limited to:
- Home modifications
- Service coordination
- Assistive technology
- Cognitive therapy
- Neuropsychological services
- Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies
APPLICATION FOR THE TBI FUNDContact DDS to request a TBI Fund Application at 1-888-285-3036.
Upon receiving your completed application and supporting medical documentation, TBI Fund staff will assign a case manager who, together with you, will develop a support plan to assist in determining your needs. Your support plan will be reviewed by TBI Fund Staff and the Review Committee. You will then receive a letter from DDS notifying you of the decision.
TBI FUND CONTACT INFORMATIONDivision of Disability Services
11A Quakerbridge Plaza, Mercerville NJ
(Mailing: PO Box 705 Trenton NJ 08625)
KEY STAFFHarry Pizutelli, TBI Fund Program Manager