Financial resources may become a greater concern for you after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here are some considerations:
- Funding resources are important to know about and include both public and private options. Public options include governmental agencies, which are key in documenting disability and helping you qualify for services.
- An example of a government agency would be the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). In addition to serving in a role of oversight to state programs and institutions, KDADS helps document disability and determines if you qualify for services and what type (e.g., vocational training). The KDADS Traumatic Brain Injury Program provides home and community based services for qualifying individuals to promote independence in a safe, healthy environment.
- Private agencies include service groups with philanthropy that relate in some way to traumatic brain injury. Examples of possible agencies are the Pilot Club, church organizations, foundations, and the Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program (SHARP).
- Legal resources include agencies or programs that offer legal assistance or advocacy, especially when financial resources are limited. Two examples of state agencies that may have local offices or contacts within the community are:
- Kansas Legal Services
- Disability Rights Center
- Estate planning includes resources to help develop a plan for the future. There are nonprofit organizations and agencies that will help you and your family establish items such as special needs trusts. Estate planning may also help parents or spouses feel comfortable setting a plan in place for the future.