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Membership

Side by Side provides its members with a place to work toward active community participation where they are respected and valued for their strengths. Paired with other members and staff, the will achieve goals of increased independence and happiness.

Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse charges a per-day fee to cover the cost of providing services. We also depend on donor contributions to help members who lack outside payer sources.

  • Worker’s compensation carriers, state Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Independent Care Waiver Program of Medicaid may sponsor members who qualify for their services.
  • Members without an external payer source receive discounts based on financial need and availability of scholarship funds.
  • Members with a traumatic brain injury may apply to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund for scholarship assistance.
  1. Membership at Side by Side is voluntary.
  2. Members and staff work side-by-side to run the Clubhouse each day.
  3. Notify staff before you leave.
  4. If you need one-on-one help for physical or behavioral reasons you must bring a personal assistant with you. Staff cannot help you eat, go to the restroom, or control your temper.
  5. Notify staff of any changes in medications or transportation arrangements.
  6. Bring any medicines you need. Staff cannot help you take your medicine.
  7. Members may not ask other members to borrow money. If financial assistance is needed see staff.
  8. Members will maintain appropriate working relationships (See Form 3- Section 3 & 4).
  9. Members who behave in ways that harm self or others will be asked to leave until the behavior is under control.
  10. No drugs or alcohol at the Clubhouse or at Clubhouse activities.
  11. It is an alcohol drug and smoke free environment.
  12. There is a designated smoking area outside of the clubhouse.
  13. Borrowing, lending and buying cigarettes from others is not tolerated.
  14. If a member appears to be abused or suffering, the appropriate authorities will be notified.
  15. Contact Information will be accessible in case of an emergency.
  16. All members take responsibility for themselves and their actions and behaviors.

Click below for a complete description of conditions of membership.

A comprehensive program to manage life's responsibilities after brain injury

  1. Assessment & Plan Development
    Participate in Life Skills Assessment in your home and community. Then work with Side by Side staff and others you trust to develop a Life Skills Plan with action steps (2-4 weeks)
  2. Life Skills Training
    Participate in Life Skills Training to learn systems that make it easier to manage day-to-day responsibilities (4-12 weeks)
  3. Life Skills Coaching
    Transition to Life Skills Coaching to modify systems as life changes come your way and to keep moving toward managing health and well-being (ongoing)

For more information, please click the links below to our life skills brochure and referral guide

Did you know...

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.

Side by Side is a founding member of the International Brain Injury Clubhouse Alliance.

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. http://www.bsitf.state.ga.us.

Brain Injury Association of America

Promotes awareness, understanding and prevention of brain injury through education, advocacy, research grants and community support services. www.biausa.org.    The Georgia Chapter is www.braininjurygeorgia.org

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. www.dvbic.org

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. https://gvra.georgia.gov

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. dch.georgia.gov

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.