eligibility for membership

KBIC provides services to adults (over 18) living with acquired brain injury who can benefit from our programming and acclimate to our program model.  

An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain, which is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. 

Some of the more common causes of acquired brain injury include:   

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke (e.g. CVA, AVM, aneurism)
  • Anoxia and hypoxia (loss of oxygen)
  • Brain tumor
  • Infections of the brain (e.g. meningitis, encephalitis)
  • Post-concussion syndrome

The following diagnoses do NOT qualify as acquired brain injuries:

  • Diseases or conditions that are caused by the birth process and/or are present at birth e.g. congenital anomaly, cerebral palsy
  • Diseases that are progressive in nature e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis
  • Concussions*

*Due to its temporary nature, concussion is not a qualifying diagnosis for KBIC membership. 

To be eligible for membership, you must:

  • Have an acquired brain injury (as defined by KBIC above).
  • Provide up-to-date medical documentation about your brain injury. 
  • Be capable of meeting personal needs, including taking medication, or have a personal caregiver or family member to assist.
  • Refrain from behaviors that pose a threat to self or others.

Also, as applicable:

  • Individuals diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome must be one-year out from initial diagnosis, and have documentation which verifies the ongoing nature of your injury.
  • Individuals in recovery from opioid misuse must provide at least one year of documented sobriety from opioids.
  • Individuals currently experiencing, or have a history of, symptoms of psychosis or other serious mental health concerns, must provide permission to speak to your mental health provider.


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