Desiree Douglass, HeadStrong and Gordon L. Day, Ph.D, Aspiro presented on the basics of TBI, neurological impacts, and resulting potential behavioral and communication challenges. Law enforcement officials and mental health professionals had an interactive discussion on identifying TBI when responding to calls and tools for intervention. We talked about communication tools for crisis de-escalation when impulse control, anger, memory challenges that are the result of TBI are present.
Half of the 5.3 million Americans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are children. Often, survivors of TBI do not have any obvious or observable physical injuries. However, the behavioral and emotional impacts from TBI put survivors at risk for increased interaction with law enforcement and mental health care providers. Awareness on the part of law enforcement officials and mental health care providers in the criminal justice system can reduce the potential for traumatic experiences and excessive legal consequences for young people who have suffered a TBI. Recent studies are showing that up to 60 to 80 percent of people incarcerated in the US had a TBI BEFORE they were incarcerated. This emerging statistic has huge implications for our recovery interventions for TBI.