Welcome to the Screening and Navigating MA Resources Module

In Module 2, participants will review the brain injury screening tool and learn how to implement the tool and interpret results. Brain injury 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 brain injury
  • When and how to implement a brain injury screening tool
  • How to interpret the results of the brain injury screening
  • What are the next steps to take if a brain injury is identified
  • What resources are available in Massachusetts for brain injury

About the Author

In 2023, this course content was revised by Dr. Brie Insalaco and Amanda Tower. The course content was updated to reflect current data, research, programs, language, and best practices of the field.

Amanda Tower, Grant Project Coordinator for the ACL grant “Beyond Bridges” is focused on the intersections of brain injury and behavioral health. Ms. Tower has experience working with and advocating for the needs and supports of the community and underserved populations. These experiences have led Ms. Tower to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission to advocate and support system transformation to better serve those living with a brain injury.

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.