Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Inc.

Help, Hope, and Healing

aka BIAMI   |   Brighton, MI   |  www.biami.org

Mission

MISSION To improve the lives of those affected by brain injury in Michigan and to reduce the incidence and impact of brain injury through advocacy, awareness, education, prevention, research, and support. VISION Everyone affected by brain injury will have immediate and equal access to services and support to help lead a full and meaningful life.

Ruling year info

1985

President/CEO

Mr. Thomas J. Constand

Main address

7305 Grand River Suite 100

Brighton, MI 48114 USA

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Formerly known as

Michigan Head Injury Alliance

EIN

38-2357475

NTEE code info

Brain Disorders (G48)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education

The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) offers specific certification programs, conferences and webinars throughout the year that focus on educating communities and professionals about all aspects of brain injury.

The BIAMI Annual Fall Conference, held each September, is the largest brain injury conference in the North America. The two-day event draws over 1,500 people and features leading experts from around the globe presenting the latest information on brain injury treatment, therapies, research findings and best-practice techniques. Over 145 exhibitors showcase and sell their products and services during both days of the conference, and professionals get an opportunity to meet and network with their colleagues in all disciplines related to brain injury. Moreover, for families and people with brain injuries, the Annual Conference is a wonderful opportunity to meet with others facing similar issues, gain valuable treatment and therapy information, and to meet potential service providers. 

The BIAMI offers monthly webinars, which provide information and resources and facilitate online discussion on a variety of topics related to brain injury.

The BIAMI also serves as a primary program administrator for the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists' (ACBIS) National Certification Program for both entry-level staff and experienced professionals working in brain injury services. The program provides staff and professionals the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate their learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential. Through this program, the state of Michigan currently boasts the largest number of certified brain injury specialists in the nation.

Educational opportunities for survivors, family members and caregivers are also extended on a grassroots level via presentations given by members of the professional rehabilitative community at monthly meetings of the BIAMI's 20 chapters and support groups across the state.

Population(s) Served

After a brain injury, issues may arise in returning to school or work; changing family relationships; and with behavioral, emotional and financial concerns. Our Information & Resource (I & R) Center (http://www.biami.org/brain-injury-information-michigan.htm) associates speak to thousands of brain injury survivors, family members and caregivers, providing them with the best available information about brain injury; its effects on the family; physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional changes on the individual; child or adolescent injuries; and specialized services. All are provided along with practical suggestions for living with a brain injury.

Additionally, our I & R Center proactively reaches out to various mental health agencies, ethnic groups, faith-based communities, disadvantaged groups and community support programs across the state, creating greater brain injury awareness and establishing the BIAMI as a trusted and confidential source for assistance and support.

The BIAMI also helps administer 20 chapters and support groups across the state that work directly with brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers on a grassroots level. Chapter and support group leaders - many of whom are also brain injury survivors - conduct monthly meetings in their respective communities and provide educational information; practical strategies for living on a daily basis; and social interaction opportunities within each community.

Population(s) Served

The Brain Injury Association of Michigan monitors and maintains a presence with the state and federal government in conjunction with the Brain Injury Association of America. We promote policies and legislation that prevent brain injury and enhance the care, services, and support available to brain injury survivors and their families. We ensure state and federal officials are kept aware of brain injury issues. BIAMI also helps survivors learn how to self advocate for the services and support they need.
Every year, BIAMI helps bring brain injury survivors, their family members, care providers, and professionals of various backgrounds together with their state legislators in Lansing. This event, Capitol Day, allows constituents who are affected by brain injury or work with brain injury survivors to discuss the policy issues with lawmakers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Excellence in Programs and Services - Sports Concussion Program 2001

Brain Injury Association of America

Excellence in Programs and Services - Communications 2000

Brain Injury Association of America

Excellence in Programs and Services - Veterans Program 2008

Brain Injury Association of America

Excellence in Programs and Services - Brain Injury Certification Program 2009

Brain Injury Association of America

State Leadership Award 2010

Brain Injury Association of America

Excellence in Programs and Services - Advocacy 2012

Brain Injury Association of America

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1982

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Maximum number of participants allowed to attend conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect survivor, family, and professional member registrations for the BIAMI's 2-day Annual Conference in Lansing. In addition, approximately 150 exhibitors are in attendance.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes any events that BIAMI hosted or was a major sponsor for which furthered our mission.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

I. Programs & Services — Promote early and equal access to care for the brain injury communities

II. Public Policy — Lead in addressing legislative threats and opportunities impacting our brain injury communities

III. Marketing and Public Relations — Broaden BIAMI’s spectrum of brand awareness and identity

IV. Collaboration — Create a management system to expand high quality partnerships with organizations for mutual benefit

V. Sustainability — Ensure long-term sustainability by optimizing human and financial resources

I. PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:
a) Conduct needs analysis to identify and prioritize the needs of brain injury communities.
b) Determine current and new programs required to meet needs, as defined in needs analysis.
c) Develop ongoing program evaluation process to ensure programs are high quality and meet the needs over time.
d) Strengthen the effectiveness of local chapters and support groups.

II. PUBLIC POLICY:
a) Protect Auto No-Fault Insurance System in Michigan
b) Advocate for Michigan Brain Injury Act
c) Advocate for access to care, primarily Brain Injury Medicaid Waiver
d) Advocate for state-of-the-art care guidelines: trauma care, post-acute treatment guidelines, and inclusion of TBI rehabilitation in worker compensation plans.
e) Advocate for adoption of mandatory motorcycle helmet legislation
f) Monitor all State and Federal Court decisions

III. MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS:
a) Develop integrated marketing plan aligned to positively impact the Association's mission, vision and goals with measurable outcomes.
b) Reach out to stakeholders with periodic communications and media summaries that emphasize our value and contributions to the communities we serve.

IV. COLLABORATION:
a) Identify, assess, and categorize/prioritize potential collaborators: corporate, community/grassroots, associations, media, government, universities/schools, hospitals/providers, others.
b) Strengthen relationships with current collaborators.
c) Pursue collaborative efforts with new collaborators.

V. SUSTAINABILITY:
a) Determine staffing needs to support programs
b) Evaluate increased use of qualified volunteers, including improved volunteer management program.
c) Establish effective staff and critical volunteer training programs.
d) Establish President and key leadership succession plan.
e) Determine long term funding requirements for programs and services.
f) Broaden and diversify philanthropic funding sources.
g) Investigate increasing breadth and depth of grant funding assistance.
h) Evaluate and optimize existing fundraisers.
i) Develop three-year financial plan that includes building a reserve.

The following resources provide us with the added capabilities needed to execute our plan:

I. PROGRAMS & SERVICES:
a) Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council
b) BIAMI Executive Board - Program Subcommittee
c) Twenty statewide chapter and support group leaders

II. PUBLIC POLICY:
a) Coalition Protecting Auto No Fault (CPAN) messaging
b) CAPWIZ, an online legislative advocacy platform featuring mass letter-writing capabilities targeted towards state legislators.
c) Social media platforms
d) Grassroots volunteer support from brain injury constituency
e) Effective public/media relations campaign in collaboration with CPAN

III. MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS:
a) Outside research firm and advertising agency
b) Internal pr capabilities
c) Internal social media capabilities
d) Internship assistance
e)
f) Annual Awareness and Identity survey

IV. COLLABORATION:
a) State and national industry partners (i.e., MBIPC, MPHI, BIAA, CDC, etc.)

V. SUSTAINABILITY:
a) MI Nonprofit Association Salary & Wage Guideline
b) Volunteer management systems available from NEW Center, BIAA StarSite, MI Nonprofit Association
c) Other BIAA state affiliates.
d) GuideStar Benchmark Survey
e) MI Council of Foundations
f) Association of Fundraising Professionals

The following numbers indicate our progress to date towards our 2014 goals:

I. PROGRAMS & SERVICES:
a) Number of call-in contacts with survivors - 861
b) Number of meeting attendees - 1,499
c) Number of attendees at social activities - 2,255
d) Total number of conference attendees - 2,230
e) Total number of exhibitor sponsors - 178

II. PUBLIC POLICY:
a) Media interest/coverage - 9 stories featuring or mentioning the BIAMI
b) Capitol Day - 190 attendees contacting/meeting with 100% of the state legislature
c) Legislative Hearings - 6 senior representatives attended Senate Public Policy Committee approval of the MI Brain Injury Act.

III. MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS:
a) Individual Memberships - 685; Corporate Memberships - 125
b) Number of sponsors - 82
c) Sponsorship Revenues - $546k
d) Awareness and Identity Survey to be administered end of year

IV. COLLABORATION:
a) Total Partnerships - 33
b) New Partnerships - 8

V. SUSTAINABILITY:
a) Revenues to date - $1.185M
b) Expenses to date - $1.176M
c) Net Rev. to date - $9.271K

Financials

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Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/3/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Martha Nield

Bethany Agauas

Cheryl Angelelli

Erica Coulston

Tammy Hannah

Linda Michaels Gruber

Jeffery Hoover

Jack Richert

Sheila Perlman

George Sinas

Thomas Sinas

Phillip Weaver

Heidi Reyst

Roderick Arnold

Marty Zoborvitz

Tom Judd

Joyce Wright

Colleen Rapson

Saundra Gay

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes