Indiana pilot program finds success in identifying TBI in inmates, connecting them to resources

February 07, 2015
As a result of a four-year, $1-million grant, a pilot program in Indiana's Marion County is screening ex-offenders seeking job and resume training and references for traumatic brain injuries in hopes of reducing the rate of recidivism. One out of 10 has shown symptoms. Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE) screeners help connect clients with social and rehabilitation agencies to teach coping skills or provide medication to overcome the effects of TBI. Based on the success of the program in Marion County, the program is being expanded to Allen County and into Indiana prisons where corrections officials will be taught to recognize TBI in inmates and personalized responses to help offenders.