Los Amigos is one of the providers of Brain Injury Services Coordination (SC) in the Metro and NE regions. These services are provided through the Human Services Department (HSD) Brain Injury Program and are funded through the Brain Injury Services Fund (BISF).
What is the Brain Injury Services Fund (BISF) Program?
As a non-Medicaid program, the Brain Injury Services Fund Program is housed within the Exempt Services and Programs Bureau of the Medical Assistance Division (MAD) of the Human Services Department (HSD). This program provides programmatic oversight and funding for the contracted providers of both direct and support services for individuals living with brain injury.
Services offered through the BISF Program are short-term crisis interim services for individuals with Traumatic and other Acquired Brain Injury, who are not eligible to receive assistance from other programs. The BISF Program provides Service Coordination and BI-specific home and community-based services (HCBS), as well as any products not available from other programs to meet the participants’ BI-related needs. All services are provided on a short-term 90-day basis to residents of NM with a confirmed diagnosis of Brain Injury, in 90-day increments, for up to one year.
- NM Resident
- Diagnosis of BI
- Crisis Intervention Need
- Not Eligible to Received Assistance from other Programs
What is Service Coordination?
Service Coordination (SC) services are intended to be short-term services that include, but are not limited to, assessing, planning, coordinating, customizing, and monitoring participant home and community-based services funded by the BISF Program.
BISF Program Goal
To enhance the participant’s self-care and self-determination, promote independence from the program; promote independent functioning in the home and community and encourage optimal individual and family participation.
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What is Brain Injury?
A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” (i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury). TBI results in impairment(s) in cognitive, psycho-social, and/or physical functioning. Such injuries result when outside acceleration, deceleration, rotational and/or shearing forces cause the brain to be violently jarred or displaced within the otherwise protective casing of the skull. A TBI is defined as one type of Acquired Brain Injury, which may be acquired by traumatic means following birth. Other Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) which are not caused by an external force or trauma, may result in many of the same symptoms associated with Traumatic Brain Injury.
Causes of TBI
- Struck by or against an object
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Intentional self-harm
Causes of ABI
- Infectious diseases,
- Toxic and chemical substances,
- Vascular lesions,
- Surgical procedures, and
- Incidents associated with a lack of oxygen to the brain (i.e anoxia)
BI signs to keep on the lookout
- Headache that gets worse and does not go away.
- Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
- Repeated vomiting or nausea.
- Slurred speech.
- Look very drowsy or cannot wake up.
- Have one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other.
- Have convulsions or seizures.
- Cannot recognize people or places.
- Are getting more and more confused, restless, or agitated.
- Have unusual behavior.
- Lose consciousness.
Effects of BI
- Impairments related to thinking or memory,
- Sensation (e.g., vision or hearing),
- Emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression),
- Difficulty concentrating and remembering information,
- Irregular sleeping pattern,
- Headaches, blurry vision.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Brain Injury Application
Freedom of Choice Form (FOC) For Metro Region ONLY
Grievance and Appeals Policy
Appeals Form (use ONLY when the grievance resolution is not to your satisfaction)
Servicios a Corto Plazo por Lesiones Traumaticas al Cerebro Tip Sheet
New Mexico Crisis and Access Line
NMCAL helps all New Mexicans in crisis. A licensed behavioral health clinician will talk to you about your concerns and help you find services.
Toll Free – 1 (855) 662-7474
TTY – for hearing impaired – 1 (855) 227-5485
The following home-based community services (HBCS) are available through the BISF Program by referral and assessed needs:
- BI Service Coordination
- Assistive Technology Assessment Services
- Initial and Emergency Housing Costs
- Environmental Modifications
- Retrofit Automobile
- Public/Private Transportation Reimbursement
- Respite Care
- Home Health Aide, Homemaker or Companion
- Nursing Care
- Therapies (Outpatient Mental/Behavioral Health, PT, OT, SLP)
- Prescribed Medications
- Health Insurance Deductibles/Copays
- Other limited services as appropriate for crisis interim services