Support Group Listing

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

NEWVIRTUAL

 

 

All are welcome to join the BIAPA Statewide Virtual Support Group. We meet virtually on Zoom every third Thursday of each month at 5PM. We are a support group with survivors, caregivers, friends and family.

Email SURVIVORSUPPORT@BIAPA.ORG to sign up to join our email list.

SHADYSIDE Brain Injury Support Group - Pittsburgh
SHADYSIDE Brain Injury Support Group - Pittsburgh

CLICK HERE to download a list of support groups that are meeting virtually or in person with a reservation.

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

Find a local support group near you. Click on the map below for your location to see details on the groups near you.

Looking for regional support groups? Scroll down or click button below.

NORTHWEST REGION

Cameron, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties

 

CLARION COUNTY

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; mmccarthy@clarion.edu
Meeting Day: 1st 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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NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union Counties

 

LYCOMING COUNTY

Williamsport  

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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MONTOUR COUNTY

Danville  
Name: Virtual Neuro Support Group
Location: Geisinger Encompass Health Rehab Hospital
Address: 64 Rehab Lane, Danville, PA 17821
Contacts: Deneen Porzi 570-271-6733 or deneen.porzi@encompasshealth.com
Meeting Day: 2nd Wednesday of each month (except January and February)
Meeting Time: 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Format:  Meeting virtually, please contact Deneen for meeting link.

Topical discussions, speakers, 3 social events per year

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NORTHEAST REGION

Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties

 

LEHIGH COUNTY

Allentown  

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: Lori Moyer-Wolfe: 610-776-3257, lmoyer@gsrh.org
Website: https://www.goodshepherdrehab.org/brain-injury-support-group-allentown
Meeting Day: 3rd Thursday of each month (Call to inquire if in-person meetings have resumed)
Meeting Time: 6:30 PM
Format: Must RSVP for meeting. Masks required. Group discussion, guest speakers, social and emotional
support, social events, agenda determined by the participants.

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LUZERNE COUNTY

Wilkes-Barre  

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 Kopicki, LCSW CBIS:  570-826-3888
Connie Myers:  570-826-3888 (Please call to confirm meeting day of in the event of a last minute cancellation)
Meeting Day:
Meeting Time:
Format: Support group meetings are on hold until further notice.

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MONROE COUNTY

Pocono Mountains Region 

Name: Brain Injury Support Group of the Poconos
Location: St. Luke's Hospital Monroe Campus
Address: 3533 Route 611, Suite 1, Bartonsville, PA 18372
Contact: Michael Idell, 570-599-6424, michaelidell@asbisg.org
Meeting Day: 1st Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Format
: We offer a nonjudgmental, safe, open supportive atmosphere for those recovering from traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries. Survivors and support partners hare successes and challenges to learn from one another. Find us on Facebook; https://facebook.com/groups/344608312902573/

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SOUTHWEST REGION

Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland Counties

 

ALLEGHENY COUNTY

 

Pittsburgh 

Name: Moving Ahead Support Group
Location: Encompass Health Rehab Hospital of Harmarville
Address: Guys Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Contacts: Tom Byrnes, MS Ed, Brain Injury Recovery Expert, movingahead.support@gmail.com; 412-670-4861;
Judy Murchak, Family Member of TBI Survivor, judymurchak@hotmail.com; 412-821-1431
David Miller, PT, DPT, NCS, David.Miller2@encompasshealth.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  

NameSHADYSIDE Brain Injury Support Group
Location: ReMed
Address: 5830 Ellsworth Ave, 2nd Floor , Pittsburgh, PA 15232-1778
Contacts: Monica Bielawski:  412-956-1694 or, email at Shadyside.tbi.group@gmail.com
Meeting Day:
3rd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Format: Will resume in person meetings as soon as permitted to do so. Please email Shadyside.tbi.group@gmail.com for Zoom link to virtual meeting.

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 wants to learn about or is willing to educate about surviving brain injury. We're meeting on Zoom for now!

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Pittsburgh

NameUPMC Rehabilitation Hospital TBI Support Group
Location: UPMC Mercy
Address: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Contacts:  Dr. Jerrold Yeo:  412-232-4064; yeoj@upmc.edu
Meeting Day: Virtual meetings on 2nd Monday of each month (Group does not meet in January)
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Format
: Please email Dr. Yeo for link to meeting. Thirty minutes of BI topic presentation by interdisciplinary professionals and then 1 hour of open discussion.
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Pittsburgh  

NameWest Penn Hospital Brain Injury Support Group
Location: West Penn Hospital
Address: West End Overlook Park, Marlow Street, Pittsburgh (weather permitting)
Contacts: Amanda: 412-608-0713
Meeting Day:
Third Wednesday of every month
Meeting Time: 6:30 PM
Format:  An evening of encouragement, laughs, getting to know one another, and refreshments. All are welcome. Free parking, handicap/wheelchair accessible access. Alternate Zoom meeting on inclement weather days.

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Sewickley  

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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WESTMORELAND COUNTY

Latrobe 

Name: Westmoreland Persistent Post Concussive Symptoms Support Group
Location: Excela Health Latrobe
Address: Excela Square, Latrobe
Contacts: James Masterson: jmasterson@excelahealth.org or Kim Charmo: 725-689-1070
Meeting Day: Second Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Format: Group discussion, occasional guest speaker.

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WESTCENTRAL REGION

Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana and Somerset Counties

 

BLAIR COUNTY

Altoona 

Name: Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona
Address: 2005 Valley View Boulevard, Altoona, PA 16602 (ADL Suite)
Contacts: Courtney Yogus: courtney.yogus@encompasshealth.com & Elizabeth Hoover: elizabeth.hoover@encompasshealth.com
Meeting Day: 2nd Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Format: Varies, speakers on occasion, topics on occasion; agenda determined month by month.

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Altoona 

Name: Altoona Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Center for Independent Living
Multipurpose Room
Address: 2900 Beale Avenue, Suite 118, Altoona, PA  16601
Contacts: George Palmer: 814-949-1905
gpalmer@cilscpa.org
Meeting Day: Every Tuesday at 12:00 Noon
Meeting Time: 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM
Format: Meeting both in person and virtually, please contact George for details on virtual link. BYOF - Bring your own food.

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Tyrone  

Name:  Brain Injury Group - Tyrone (BIG-T)
Location: Epworth Manor, 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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INDIANA COUNTY

Indiana  

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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SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, Schuykill and York Counties

 

BERKS COUNTY

Wyomissing

Name: Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing
Address: 2802 Papermill Road, Wyomissing, PA
Contacts: 484-659-0455; RHRWSupportgroups@towerhealth.org
Meeting Day: 3rd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 4:00 PM
Format: The meeting will is available both virtual and in person. There is no registration fee. To register, please email chester.johnson@towerhealth.org

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Mechanicsburg

Name: West Shore Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Marzoni's Private Dining Room
Address: 4925 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Contact:  Pat Kautz:  717-580-6129, patkautz3@gmail.com
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Format: Meetings are open to survivors of brain injury, their family members, friends, and caregivers. This is an informal discussion to provide social and emotional support, to provide a way for people to talk freely with each other about how they are handling their brain injury issues to help one another. Zoom meetings are also scheduled for those who cannot attend as needed.

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DAUPHIN COUNTY

Hershey 

Name: HERSHEY BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP
Location:  Hershey Free Church
Address: 330 Hilltop Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036
Contacts:  Melissa Carmen, 717-361-2854
Meeting Day: 3rd Thursday each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Format: Offers a relaxed informal atmosphere where mutual support can flourish. There is a blend of experienced traumatic brain injury survivors, family members, caregivers, and new attendees of all ages who benefit from the experiences that are shared. On occasion, speakers will attend to give a presentation to the group.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY

Chambersburg 

Name: Head Back
Location: Various Locations
Address: Various Locations
Contacts: Karen Dubbs:  717-263-5721
Meeting Day: Last Thursday of each month. Group only meets June, July & August.
Meeting Time: 6:00 PM
Format: Please call for locations.
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LANCASTER COUNTY

Lancaster 

Name: Lancaster Area Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Acadia, Suite 105
Address: 1813 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster, PA 17601 (call for directions if needed)
Contact: Kathleen Meade:  717-394-3466, Ext. 305
Meeting Day: 1st Thursday of the month
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 8:15 PM
FormatCurrently meeting virtually, please reach out to Kathleen for details.

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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YORK COUNTY

York 

Name: Aim High Support Group
Location: Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of York
Address: 1850 Normandie Drive; York, PA 17408
Contact: Sarah Kurowski:  Sarah.Kurowski@encompasshealth.com
Day: 2nd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Format
: Currently meeting virtually, please reach out to Sarah for details. Hoping to resume in person meetings in summer 2022. Aim High is organized and led by Encompass staff therapists Sarah Kurowski (OT), Azella Dunams (OT), and Ashley Riehl (OT).  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 

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: If you prefer, you can participate virtually in the meeting. Please contact Haley or Lauren at wsrhbraininjuryprogram@wellspan.org for a link to the meeting.

Open discussion, special topics, speakers, activities. Survivors, families, and friends of brain injury and stroke encouraged to attend.

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SOUTHEAST REGION

Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties

 

BUCKS COUNTY

Langhorne  

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 & 3rd Tuesdays of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Format: Meeting virtually, please contact Mike Hrbowski for link to meeting.

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Quakertown 

Name: Brain Injury Family Support Group
Location: Meeting virtually
Address:
Contacts: Caitie Chovanes: CChovanes@successrehab.com or
Dr. Karen Rosenberger: 215-538-3488
Meeting Day: 3rd Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Format: Monthly meetings held via Zoom. For additional details on the Zoom meeting, including a link to the meeting, please contact either Caitie Chovans - CChovanes@successrehab.com or Karen Rosenberger - KRosenberger@successrehab.com.

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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CHESTER COUNTY

Malvern 

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  - 6:30 PM
Format: To join the group, please call 484-596-5430 to leave name, address, and email address. You will be added to the group. 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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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Elkins Park 

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: Debbie Eisen:  215-663-6857; debra.eisen@jefferson.edu
Meeting Day: 2nd Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Format: Meeting virtually, please email Debbie for details and a meeting link.

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King of Prussia 

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; twbuzby@gmail.com
Meeting Day: Third Friday of each month.
Meeting Time: 12:00 Noon
Format: This group currently meets virtually. Please email Todd for a link to the meeting.

Open discussion for brain injury survivors and supporters.

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PHILADELPHIA COUNTY

Norristown  

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; Charlene Towers:  610-999-0713
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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Philadelphia

Name: Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Magee Rehabilitation
Address: 1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contacts: Sonya Dibeler:  215-587-3411; Sonya.Dibeler@jefferson.edu, or Rebecca Levenberg; Rebecca.Levenberg@Jefferson.edu
Meeting Day: 1st Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 5:30 PM
Format: Meeting virtually, please call for details.

This group is geared toward the needs of persons with
brain injury and family members.

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Philadelphia 

Name: Stroke Support Group
Location: Magee Rehabilitation
Address: 1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contacts: Sonya Dibeler:  215-587-3411; Sonya.Dibeler@jefferson.edu, or Rebecca Levenberg; Rebecca.Levenberg@Jefferson.edu
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  

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: Planning to resume in person meetings in September 2022.

Determined month by month, speakers arranged on topics generated by group.

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Philadelphia  

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: Currently not meeting, hoping to resume meetings in September 2022.

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  

Name:  Center City Adult Brain Injury Survivor Support Group
Location: Subway Restaurant, 2217 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Contact: Kate Morison, MA, LPC, CBIS:  267-309-1743, phillybraininjurygroup@outlook.com
Meeting Day: 3rd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 7:15 PM
Format: Meeting is virtual via Microsoft Teams. Please email Kate Morison for meeting link and details.

This is a support group for adults (18+) living with brain injury.
The group emphasizes social support/social development.

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Philadelphia  

Name: A SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS:  Coping with Changes After Brain Injury
Location: Good Shepherd Penn Partners, 1800 Lombard Street, Philadelphia - Multipurpose Room
Contact:  Jess Kasper, MS, OTR/L:  215-893-6425
Meeting Day: First and Third Wednesday of each month
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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Philadelphia  

NamePenn Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Heart and Vascular Pavilion
Address: 51 N. 29th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Alexa Walter; alexa.walter@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
Meeting Day: 4th Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM

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Copy of Every third Thursday of each month