The Brain Injury Foundation of St Louis

SAINT LOUIS, MO   |  bifstl.org

Mission

It is the mission of The Brain Injury Foundation of St. Louis to provide innovative, community-based solutions to meet the specific social and vocational needs of individuals with brain injuries.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Patricia Nance MA, CCC-SLP

Director of Client Services

Sarah Davis CBIST

Main address

7850 MANCHESTER RD

SAINT LOUIS, MO 63143 USA

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EIN

37-1644726

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

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Programs and results

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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?

Transitional Home & Community Support

Transitional Home & Community Support of individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury assists individuals with brain injury gain the skills needed for independent living and participation in the community. Supports include budgeting, safety, accessing transportation, participation in community activities, cooking and nutrition, problem solving and memory strategies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Return to Work Support for individuals with Brain Injury provides support to individuals whose work and career were interrupted by a brain injury and would like to return to that job or something closely related, preferably with the same employer.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Job Development for individuals with brain injury includes employment preparedness, job development, and employment retention services.
*Identifying & refining realistic vocational goals
*Determining accommodations that will be needed for success
*Preparing for interviews
*Securing a job offer
*Self-advocacy
*Negotiating accommodations
*Job retention

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provides continued support and training on the job for individuals with brain injury who have secured a new job through MO DVR Job Development services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Helps individuals with brain injury prepare for competitive employment with authentic work experiences in the community supported by BIFSTL staff. Teaches skills needed to maintain competitive employment including strategies to cope with social and behavioral challenges, physical stamina, cognitive deficits and other barriers to direct vocational placement or entry into job development services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Psychotherapy and counseling for individuals with brain injury. Provided by a licensed behavioral health professional who specializes in Brain Injury and the unique challenges and features of treatment for those impacted by it. Addresses depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns, substance abuse, family dynamics, grief and co-occurring disorders. Group and individual therapy for individuals the brain injury as well as their families and caregivers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities or CARF 2018

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities or CARF 2019

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities or CARF 2020

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities or CARF 2021

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities or CARF 2022

Awards

Employer of the Year 2022

Missouri Rehabilitation Association Eastern Chapter

Affiliations & memberships

The Employer of the Year 2022

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Individuals who experience brain injury whether through stroke, trauma, medical condition, or military are often underserved. Brain injury is often called the invisible disability because it is not evident to the casual observer. The average citizen cannot see the difficulties they go through every day. Some of the common limitations experienced by individuals with brain injuries include severe short-term memory deficits, speech difficulties, difficulty with emotional regulation and behavior, as well as physical impairments. These impairments prevent individuals with brain injury from finding meaningful work and alienate them from the community.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The most common theme expressed in our satisfaction surveys was the need for a social outlet. The clients we support are those aspiring to return to the workforce but many want to maintain their benefits and participate in part time competitive employment. Many of our clients work part time but wanted to have a sense of purpose on the days they were not working. This was how the Dura Mater Clubhouse started.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The Brain Injury Foundation of St Louis

Board of directors
as of 05/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Patricia Carroll

Retired / MO DHSS

Term: 2021 - 2022

Kurt Steinmetz

Charter Communications

Dina McPherson

Truth Academy

Patricia Carroll

Retired / MO DHSS

Tim Dalaviras

Total Health and Productivity LLC

Colleen Murphy

Author

John Kindschuh

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/9/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/09/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.