Side By Side Brain Injury Clubhouse
1001 Main Street
Stone Mountain, Ga. 30083
Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse is a place where people living with the lifelong effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are respected and valued as contributing community members.
Our rehabilitation focuses on the abilities, strengths and volunteer efforts of members who work side by side with staff to manage all operations of the Clubhouse.
In this supportive environment, members once again learn to contribute in meaningful ways that carry over to work, home and community.
Finally, a life-changing injury is transformed into a new normal for members and their families as they move from being a medical patient to living a full and satisfying life.
Side by Side is a founding member of the International Brain Injury Clubhouse Alliance.
Every 23 seconds someone in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as the invisible or hidden injury. It is estimated that 90 percent of TBIs are mild and often go under or misdiagnosed. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 5.3 million Americans have a need for long-term assistance to help them lead normal lives after their initial treatment has come to an end. Over 65,000 Georgians’ lives are significantly affected as a result of TBI.
That is where Side by Side (SbSC) Brain Injury Clubhouse comes in. The organization has assisted its members in reaching their goals since 2000, whether those goals included returning to work, improved self-esteem or the simple ability to perform daily tasks. SbSC embraces all who have been affected by acquired brain injury (ABI) including survivors of stroke, tumors and other brain related illnesses.
HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It provides all people the right of privacy with regard to private health care information (PHI). This includes information about you that is collected in the process of providing health care and may include your name, address, phone number, Social Security Number, hospital record number, and the reason for providing health care and the type of treatment you receive.
In the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse community, members reach out to each other sometimes by mail, phone, or email. So members often see each other’s contact information but never information about their health care, finances, or Social Security Number. This is explained in the Membership section. These will be reviewed before you begin Side by Side and every year that you are an active member.
As a member of Side by Side, you have the following rights:
- Right to request privacy protection for protected health information (PHI)
- Right to access your PHI
- Right to request an amendment to PHI (a change to your record)
- Right to request an accounting of disclosures of PHI (a list of where your record has been sent)
- Right to a copy of Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse’s Privacy Practices
Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission
If your brain injury happened from trauma, like in a car accident, fall, or assault, you may qualify for funds from the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund. You can use these funds to pay your membership fee or for other needs here.
Brain Injury Association of America
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
To serve active duty military, their dependents and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) through medical care, clinical research and educational programs. You can learn more here.
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Rehabilitation Services operates five integrated and interdependent programs that share a primary goal – to help people with disabilities become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. You can learn more here.
Medicaid Waiver – Georgia Medicaid
Waiver programs help people who are elderly or have disability and need help to live in their home or community instead of an institution such as a nursing home or ICF-MR. Each program offers several services, including Long-Term Care and Independent Care Waivers. You can learn more here.
Guide to Managing Finances After a Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries often leave patients with behavioral and cognitive impairments that can make managing finances difficult. To make matters worse, they could end up facing nearly $150,000 in related medical expenses.
To help these individuals, CreditCard.com put together this free resource that lists interactive tools for scheduling and budgeting personal finances, while educating families on how they can help during the recovery period.
TBIs and Sleep by Tuck
Community devoted to promote awareness of sleep health, Tuck has been researching how traumatic brain injuries can make it difficult to get enough restful sleep. Please click here to access this resource guide.