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Support Group Listing

Support groups are a frontline resource for individuals with brain injury, families and supporters.  BIAPA is glad to help start new support groups!

Contact Monica Vaccaro, BIAPA Program Director, at vaccaro@biapa.org if you would like to collaborate on starting a new group in your area.

 

Allentown  (Lehigh County)

Name: Good Shepherd Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital
Health and Technology Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Address: 850 South 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18103-3296
Contacts: Bonnie Kuhns:  610-776-3393
Website: www.gooodshepherdrehab.org/biplv
Meeting Day: 3rd Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 PM
Format: Group discussion, guest speakers, social and emotional
support, social events, agenda determined by the participants.

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Allentown (Lehigh County)

Name: Brain Injury Support Group for Teens
Location: Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital
Pediatric Unit Therapy Gym
Address: 2855 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, PA
Contacts: Beth Sensenig, PT, DPT:  (610)807-4245, bsensenig@gsrh.org
Meeting Day:
Meeting Time:
Format: Meetings currently on holding, working to resume them again as soon as possible.  Please feel free to reach out to Beth with any questions.

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Allentown (Lehigh County)

Name: Brain Injury Support Group
Location:  Lehigh Valley Hospital, Educational Conference Center
Room 5
Address: I-78 and Cedar Crest Boulevard
Contacts: Monet Thorne:  484-735-1660
Monet.Thorne@lvhn.org
Registration requested, but not required:  610-402-CARE
Meeting Day: First Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Format: Open discussion, opportunity to connect and share information, stories and challenges; occasional speakers.  Survivors, families and friends of brain injury encouraged to attend.

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Altoona (Blair County)

Name: Brain Injury Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona
Address: 2005 Valley View Boulevard, Altoona, PA 16602
Contacts: Ann Marie Montgomery or Jennifer Hibbs:  814-944-3535
Meeting Day: 2nd Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 PM
Format: Varies, speakers on occasion, topics on occasion; agenda determined month by month.

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Altoona  (Blair County)

Name: Altoona Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Center for Independent Living
Multipurpose Roome
Address: 2900 Beale Avenue, Suite 118, Altoona, PA  16601
Contacts: George Palmer: 814-949-1905
gapalmeriii.cilscpa@gmail.com
Meeting Day: Every Tuesday at 12:00 Noon
Meeting Time: 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM
Format: BYOF - Bring your own food.

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Butler (Butler County)

Name: Mind Matters: The Butler TBI Support Group
Location: Butler Memorial Hospital, Dimmick Room
Address: 911 E. Brady Street,  Butler, PA 16001
Contacts:  Dottie Ardell:  724-283-6666
Meeting Day: 3rd Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Format:  Discussions on topics generated by the group.
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Carnegie (Allegheny County)

Name: Main Line Rehab Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Carnegie Borough/Municipal Building, 2nd floor in the Council Chamber Room
Address: 1 Veterans Way, Carnegie, PA  15106
Contacts: Sarah Fischer:  877-480-6714 x140, sreis@mainline-rehab.com
Darcy Peer:  877-480-6714 x129, dpeer@mainline-rehab.com
Meeting Day: March 28, May 30, July 25, September 26, November 28
Meeting Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Format: Light refreshments are provided.

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Clarion  (Clarion County)

Name: TBI Tuesdays
Location: Clarion University Speech and Hearing Clinic
Address: Keeling Health Center, Clarion Main Campus
Contact: Mary Pat McCarthy:  814-393-2326
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Please contact office prior to attending, occasionally the day of the meeting changes.
Format: Informal, group discussion, guest speakers, social events,
agenda determined by participants.

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Danville  (Montour County)

Name: Geisinger HealthSouth Head Strong Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Geisinger HealthSouth Rehab Hospital
Address: 2 Rehab Lane, Danville, PA 17821
Contacts: Tonya Whitmire:  570-271-6110 ext. 59138
Amy Monroe ext. 51428
Meeting Day: 3rd Wednesday of each month (except January and February)
Meeting Time: 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Format:  Topical discussions, speakers, 3 social events per year

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Doylestown  (Bucks County)

NameBCIU#22 Parent Support Group
Location: Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22  Please call to verify location as group sometimes holds activities that are not at the usual meeting place
Address: 705 N. Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901
Contacts: Sarah Krusen:  1-800-770-4822  ext.2085,
skrusen@bujcksiu.org
Marguerite Vasconcellos:  1-800-770-4822  ext 1679
Meeting Day: Last Wednesday of each month during the school year
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Format: Determined month by month, speakers arranged on topics generated by group.

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Doylestown  (Bucks County)

NameBCIU#22 Teen Support Group
Location: Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22; Please call to verify location as group sometimes holds activities that are not at the usual meeting place
Address: 705 N. Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901
Contacts: Sarah Krusen:  1-800-770-4822  ext.2085
skrusen@bucksiu.org
Marguerite Vasconcellos:  1-800-770-4822  ext 1679
Meeting Day: Fluctuates throughout the school year, please contact Sarah Krusen for dates and times.
Meeting Time: This group meets 3-4 times a year, please email Sarah Krusen for dates and times.
Format: This group is open to all school aged children, their parents, and siblings.  The format of this group is an activities based group focused on engaging entire families who have a child with an acquired or traumatic brain injury.  This support group and all activities is grant funded and offered at no cost to the families.

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Elkins Park (Montgomery County)

NameBrain Injury Empowerment Group
Location: Moss Rehab Elkins Park Campus, Drucker Brain Injury Center
Address: 60 East Township Line Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Contacts: Bernadette Evangelista: 215-663-6757;
Debbie Eisen:  215-663-6857
Meeting Day: 2nd Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Format: Topical discussions, speakers, 2 social events per year.

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Erie  (Erie County)

Name: Brain Injury Support Group of Erie
Location: Glenwood United Methodist Church
Address: 2931 Myrtle Street, Erie, PA
Contact: Nanette Crawford: 814-868-3424
Meeting Day: 3rd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Format:  Social, discussions, caregiver support, occasional speakers.

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Hershey (Dauphin County)

Name: Hershey Brain Injury Support Group
Location:  Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital
Address: 1135 Old West Chocolate Ave, Hummelstown, PA 17033
Contacts:  Melissa Carmen:  717-361-2854, sunshineblu18@aol.com
Meeting Day: 3rd Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Format: Personal experiences & deep conversations, annual social events, professional speakers, Relax atmosphere all brain injury survivors/families welcome!

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Indiana  (Indiana County)

Name: IRMC Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Indiana Regional Medical Center PDR (near the cafe)
Address: 835 Hospital Rd. Indiana, PA 15701
Contacts: Julia Santello:  jsantello@indianarmc.org
Meeting Day: 2nd Wednesday of the month
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Format: Social

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Jeannette (Westmoreland County)

Name: Brain Injury Support Group of Jeannette
Location: ReMed of Jeannette
Address: 130 Bigelow Street, Jeannette, PA
Contact: Barb Fisher or Lilly Zimmerman:  724-527-5104 Ext. 117;  lzimmerman@keystoneneurorehab.com
Meeting Day: Third Thursday of the month
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Format:  Facilitators present, participant led.

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Johnstown  (Cambria County)

Name: Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Connemaugh East Hills, Community Room
Address: 1450 Scalp Drive
Contact: Lisa Pasierb:  814-534-7716 or Barbara Duryea:  814-955-7215
Meeting Day: Last Thursday of each month (except November and December)
Meeting Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Format:  Informal group discussions, occasional invited speakers, care support persons welcome to attend.

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King of Prussia (Montgomery County)

Name: TBI Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers
Location: Hope Community Church
Address: 150 East Beidler, Road, King of Prussia, PA
Contact: Todd Buzby:  610-574-0827; toddbuzby@yahoo.com
Meeting Day: Third Wednesday of each month.
Meeting Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Format: Open discussion for brain injury survivors and supporters.

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Lancaster (Lancaster County)

Name: Lancaster Area Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Acadia, Suite 201
Address: 1817 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster, PA 17601 (call for directions if needed)
Contact: Kathleen Meade:  717-394-3466
Meeting Day: 1st Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Format:  Meeting is open to survivors of brain injury, their family members, friends, and caregivers.  This is an open forum discussion for support, networking and resource sharing.

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Lancaster  (Lancaster County)

Name: Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital, therapy gym
Address: 675 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
Contact: Kendra Emenheiser:  717-406-3007
kemenheiser@lancaster-rehab.com
Guy Burkholder: GuySBurkholder@gmail.com
Meeting Day: 1st Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Format: Discussions on topics generated by group and vary month to month; all Brain Injury survivors/caregivers welcome!

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Langhorne  (Bucks County)

Name: Heads On Straight for TBI Survivors& Families Support Group
Location: Saint Mary Rehabilitation Center
Address: 1208 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA 19047
Contact: Anne Sears, Mike Hrabowski:  215-741-4196
Meeting Day: 1st Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Format: Open Discussion, speakers a few times per year.

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Malvern (Chester County)

Name: Survivors Group and Family Members Group
(2 separate groups meet at the same time)
Location: Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation
Address: 414 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Contact:  Cynthia Simonds, PhsD: 484-596-5430 (Survivor's Group); Hilary Knecht:  KnechtH@MLHS.org (Caregiver's Group)
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Format: Meeting is an open discussion format with opportunity for support, networking, and resource sharing.  We do have occasional speakers and two social events throughout the year.

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Mechanicsburg (Cumberland County)

Name: West Shore Brain Injury Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center of Mechanicsburg
Address: 175 Lancaster Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Contact:  Pat Kautz:  717-580-6129, patkautz3@gmail.com
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Format: Informal, open discussions, social and emotional support, guest speakers.

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Mechanicsburg  (Cumberland County)

NameNeuro Support Group (primarily stroke support)
Location: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center of Mechanicsburg, Conference Rooms A,B,&C
Address: 175 Lancaster Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Contacts: Doreen Keible:  717-691-3700
Meeting Day: 1st Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Format: Educational, emotional support.

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Monroeville  (Allegheny County)

Name: Monroeville Area TBI Peer Support Group
Location:  This group is not meeting currently, but calls are being taken
by Paul Damon
Contact: Paul Damon:  412-372-2888

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Norristown  (Philadelphia County)

Name: Adult Survivors & Family Members Group
Location: Suburban Community Hospital (1st Floor, Room 106)
Address: 2701 DeKalb Pike, Norristown, PA  19401
Contacts: Catherine Chambers;  610-279-9068
Meeting Day: 4th Monday of every month
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Format: To educate & support survivors and caregivers.

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Paoli (Chester County)

Name: First Wednesdays Family Support Group
Location: ReMed
Address: 16 Industrial Boulevard, First Floor, Paoli, PA
Contacts: Jordan Kurland, MSS, LSW, CBIS; 610-695-6315 ext. 208
jkurland@remed.com
Meeting Day:  First Wednesday of every month
Meeting Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Format: Support group discussion; quarterly presentations by speakers on topics of interest through "ReMending Minds"; social events.

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Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)

Name: Brain Injury Family Care Group
Location: Magee Rehabilitation
Address: 1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contacts: Sonya Dibeler:  215-587-3411
Meeting Day: 1st Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 5:30 PM
Format: This group is geared toward the needs of persons with
brain injury and family members.

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Philadelphia  (Philadelphia County)

Name: Stroke Family CARE (Connections, Assistance, Resources, Education)
Location: Magee Rehabilitation
Address: 1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contacts: Sonya Dibeler:  215-587-3411
Meeting Day:  Third Wednesday of every month
Meeting Time: 5:30 PM
Format: Stroke patients, their families and loved ones can meet with specially trained stroke survivors and their families.  They offer needed information, resources, reassurance, and helpful practical tips.

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Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)

Name: Wendkos Stroke Club
Location: MageeRehabilitation
Address: 1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contacts: Fritz Louis Jean:  215-587-3180
Meeting Day: First Tuesday of each month except August
Meeting Time: 11:00 AM
Format: This group of outpatients meets monthly to socialize, share information, and plan outings and events.

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Philadelphia  (Philadelphia County)

Name: Parents and Caregivers Support Group for Parents/Caregivers
of Children w/Brain Injury
Location: Children’s Seashore House, 3rd Floor of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Address: 34th & Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Maureen Sullivan:  215-590-7645
Meeting Day: 2nd Wednesday of each month (Group does not meet in July and August)
Meeting Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Format: Determined month by month, speakers arranged on topics generated by group.

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Philadelphia  (Philadelphia County)

Name:  Teen Brain Injury Support Group
Location:  Children’s Seashore House,
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Address: 34th & Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Gayle Chesley:  267-426-7388
Meeting Day: 2nd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM (Teen groups meets separately from,
but at the same time as the Caregiver group.  Group does not meet in July and August.)
Format: This group is for adolescents, ages 13-22, who have brain
injuries. Meeting formats vary, with open discussions, speakers,
theme nights, and social events.

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Philadelphia  (Philadelphia County)

Name:  Center City Adult Brain Injury Survivor Support Group
Location: Subway Restaurant, 2217 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Contact: Kate Morison:  215-456-9416, Weberkat@einstein.edu
Meeting Day: 3rd Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 7:15 PM
Format: This is a support group for adults (18+) living with brain injury.
The group emphasizes social support/social development.

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Philadelphia  (Philadelphia County)

Name: A SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS:  Coping with Changes After Brain Injury
Location: Good Shepherd Penn Partners, 1800 Lombard Street, Philadelphia
Contact:  Jess Kasper, MS, OTR/L:  215-893-6425
Meeting Day: Every Thursday
Meeting Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Format: This is a support group specifically for caregivers and families of survivors of brain injury.  The group is run by the inpatient brain injury interdisciplinary team consisting of health professionals from the therapy department, case management, and neuropsychology.  It is an informal group that provides caregivers with a forum to share experiences, resources and strategies for coping during this challenging transition.

**Please RSVP IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE GROUP, please email or call beforehand to complete the brief questionnaire so we can best meet your needs.  Thank you.

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Name: Penn Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Heart and Vascular Pavilion
Address: 51 N. 29th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Megan Moyer 215-662-8032; megan.moyer@uphs.upenn.edu
Meeting Day: 4th Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Download group flyer

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Pittsburgh  (Allegheny County)

Name: Moving Ahead Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Harmarville Rehabilitation Hospital
Address: Guys Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Contacts: Tom Byrnes, MS Ed:  412-670-4861
movingahead.support@gmail.com
Susan Wisneski, PT, MS:  412-828-1300 ext 7248
susan.wisneski@healthsouth.com     
Meeting Day:
 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Format: Informational, speakers most months open forums other months,
2 social events per year.

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Pittsburgh  (Allegheny County)

NameSHADYSIDE Brain Injury Support Group
Location: ReMed
Address: 5830 Ellsworth Ave, 2nd Floor , Pittsburgh, PA 15232-1778
Contacts: Monica Bielawski:  412-956-1694 or,
Barb Patterson:  412-215-1180 or email at Shadyside.tbi.group@gmail.com
Meeting Day:
 3rd Monday of each month (January - November; December - Holiday Party)
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Format:  Speakers, group discussion, and community activities. We provide a safe place for BI survivors, family members and caregivers to support and exchange information.  We also welcome educators, students, medical professionals and anyone who ants to learn about or is willing to educate about surviving brain injury.

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Pittsburgh (Allegheny County)

NameUPMC Rehabilitation Hospital TBI Support Group
Location: UPMC Mercy
Address: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Contacts:  Olivia Houser:  412-232-4023
Meeting Day: 2nd Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Format
: open discussion

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Pleasant Gap/State College  (Centre County)

Name: Nittany Valley Brain Injury Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
Address: 550 West College Avenue, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
Contact: Sharon Poorman:  814-359-3421 ext 5659
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month (no meetings in January or February due to weather challenges)
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Format
: Open discussion, occasional speakers, 2 social events per year.

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Pottsville (Schuylkill County)

Name: Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Lehigh Valley Health Network Rehabilitation Center Schuylkill
Address: 300 Schuylkill Medical Plaza, Pottsville, PA 17901
Contact: Erin Fellinger, Schuylkill Rehab:  570-621-9500
Meeting Day: 3rd Friday of each month
Meeting Time: 1:00 PM
Format: Topic focused discussions, occasional speakers, occasional social events.

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Quakertown (Bucks County)

Name: Brain Injury Family Support Group
Location: First United Church of Chris
Address: 4th and Park Avenues, Quakertown, PA 18951
Contacts: Ed Spess, Family Member:  215-933-2578;
Dianne Beres, MSW, LSW: 215-538-3488
Meeting Day: 3rd Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Format: Social and emotion support for families and friends of survivors of brain trauma.  Meetings also include topic discussions, education opportunities and guest presentations.

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Sayre  (Bradford County)


Name: Twin Tiers Sports Post-Concussion Support Group
Location:
 Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA
Address: One Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840
Contact: Steven C. Hicks:  607-857-7650, twintierspcsg@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/TwinTiersSportsPostConcussionSupportGroup/
Meeting Day: A non-specific Sunday each month from September through May.  No meetings are held in June, July or August
Meeting Time: 2:00 PM (live web based simulcast also offered)
Format:  EVERYONE is welcome to the meetings, not just limited to sports related concussions. Each meeting offers a guest speaker or guest topic after which there is a discussion period.  The goal of the group is to provide individuals and/or their families that are dealing with concussions, especially sports related concussions, the opportunity to learn more about the injury and be able to talk about their injury in order to help with the healing process.  Also, to provide an outlet for these individuals and/or families that feel like nobody knows what they are going through or feel there is nobody out there to help them through the healing process.  I describe this feeling as the "Deserted Island Effect.".  The purpose of the support group is to help the individual and/or families off their "Deserted Island".

Meetings can also be attended FREE online via the online meeting sit GoToMeeting or through Facebook Live.  In order to participate through Facebook Live you have to a member of the Facebook Support Group listed above. Each meting is recorded and posted on the Facebook Support Group page; all you must do is send a request to be added.

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Sewickley  (Allegheny County)

Name: Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group
Location: HealthSouth of Sewickley
Address: 303 Camp Meeting Road, Sewickley, PA 15143
Contact: Michelle McCann:  412-749-2388
Meeting Day: 3rd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 12:00 - 1:15 PM
Format: Topic focused discussions, occasional speakers, occasional social events.  Complimentary lunch provided.  Please call in advance for special dietary needs.

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Tyrone  (Blair County)

Name:  Brain Injury Support Group - Tyrone (BIG-T)
Location: Epworth Manner, 951 Washington Ave, Tyrone
Contact: Beth Thomas, MA:  814-684-0335 (leave a message) btphone@gmail.com
Meeting Day:  This group plans to meet twice a year, with social events in between, dates to be determined.
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM (approximately)

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Wilkes-Barre  (Luzerne County)

Name: Brain Injury Support Group at John Heinz
Location: The Board Room at John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation
Address: 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Contacts: Donna Kopick, LCSW CBIS:  570-826-3888
Connie Myers:  570-826-3888
Meeting Day: Last Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Format: Open discussion, some speakers, plan developed by the group month by month

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Williamsport  (Lycoming County)

Name: Head Injury and Stroke Survivors Support Group
Location: Williamsport Hospital
Address: 700 High Street, Williamsport, PA 17701
Contacts: Mary Ann Belfy:  570-321-2656
Meeting Day: 4th Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Format: Speakers often, followed by socialization

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Wyomissing  (Berks County)

Name: Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissin
Address: 2802 Papermill Road, Wyomissing, PA
Contacts: Heather Nissley: 484-628-2681; Heather.Nissley@readinghospital.org
Meeting Day: 3rd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM

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York  (York County)

Name: Aim High Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of York
Address: 1850 Normandie Drive; York, PA 17408
Contact: Sarah Kurowski:  Sarah.Kurowski@healthsouth.com
Carol Gibbons:  Carol.Gibbons@healthsouth.com
Day: 2nd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Format
: Aim High is organized and led by HealthSouth staff therapists Sarah Kurkowski (OT), Azella Dunams (OT), Ashley Riehl(OT) and Carol Gibbons (PT).  Guest speakers, who bring various types of knowledge and awareness to our attendees, are frequently in attendance.  Speakers from the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, the Tri-State Advocacy Project, as well as a neuropsychologist who has spoken to topics including adjustment strategies, as well as various cognitive abilities that may be impacted following brain injury or stroke have already attended the meetings.

At each meeting we take time to discuss monthly accomplishments, such as driving or returning to work, thus inspiring our friends who are in attendance at the meeting.  Hardships and advice on how to cope are also discussed.  The goal of the meeting is to provide an environment in which attendees feel comfortable sharing feelings, discussing important topics, and encouraging one another.  Twice a year a "break out" session is held in which caregivers/support persons and survivors separate and have the opportunity to openly discuss concerns, struggles and topics of interest.  There are many members of this group who have been loyal for years and new faces are always welcome to our group!

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York (York County)

Name: INSPIRE
Location: Wellspan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, Apple Hill Medical Campus
Address: 55 Monument Drive, York PA 17403, Second Floor of Rehab Hospital
Contact: Haley Smith hsmith10@wellspan.org or Lauren Ruth lruth2@wellspan.org
Time: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:00-7:30 PM
Format: Open discussion, special topics, speakers, activities. Survivors, families, and friends of brain injury and stroke encouraged to attend.