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The Center for Head Injury

Address: 11828 Lackland Rd. St. Louis, MO 63146

Phone: (314) 983-9230

Fax: (314) 983-9235

Email: info@headinjuryctr-stl.org

Website: www.headinjuryctr-stl.org

Description:
The Center for Head Injury Services (The Center) was founded in 1986 from a community need for specialized services for persons recovering from a brain injury.  Today, the Center serves people with a variety of special needs as a result of a neurological impairment, developmental disabilities, and blindness.  The Center’s mission is to help people with brain injury and other disabilities reach their maximum potential by developing skills, creating opportunities and shaping brighter futures.  The Center has for 15 years held the highest level of international accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  Each year, the Center helps over 550 Missourians from the St. Louis Metropolitan area gain a more independent lifestyle.  The Center has a proven track record of developing and implementing innovative programs and now offers 17 specialized programs that include a center-based adult day program; medical therapies including physical, occupational, and speech/language therapy; in-home services; neuropsychological testing; counseling; pre-employment training, job placement, job coaching and retention; a school-to-work transition program; a day treatment program for adults with autism; applied behavioral support services; a community support program to assist with transitions from home to supported living, a microenterprise training people in the art of making all-natural dog treats, Wags in a Bag, and a one of a kind social enterprise, Destination Desserts.  When the Center was founded in 1986 the conversation was about “disabilities.”  Today that conversation is increasingly about a person’s “abilities.”  By focusing on what a person CAN do, rather than what they can NOT do, the Center is helping to break down preconceived notions and open doors for people.  The Center is sweeping away barriers and creating opportunities in people’s lives, opportunities that lead to success and brighter futures.

Administrative Agency for Adaptive Equipment:
The Center for Head Injury Services serves as the Administrative Agency for Adaptive Equipment. Adaptive Equipment is any item, piece of equipment, device, controls, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to address the health/safety and accessibility and/or mobility to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with developmental disabilities.  This program is designed to serve St. Louis City residents with developmental disabilities who are not on a wait list for Medicaid Waiver funds and are not currently receiving Medicaid Waiver funds.  This service is designed for consumers who live in their natural home or live independently with supports in the community.  The agency will also facilitate maintenance and repair service as needed.  Assessments will be completed by the agency's Occupational Therapist, and the agency will then assist consumers with gathering bids for equipment or maintenance, and choosing the vendor.  The agency will ensure that equipment is installed, and appropriate training is provided.

Social Enterprises:
The Center owns and operates two social enterprises as a means to provide training and employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in the St. Louis area.  A social enterprise is a business formed with socially conscious guiding principles.  For The Center, that means programs designed to train, employ and advance the lives of people with disabilities and creating self-sustaining and viable businesses that will serve the community in many different ways.  All the products from The Center’s social enterprises are handmade, packaged and sold with an integrated workforce.  In addition to training and jobs, 100% of the proceeds of the businesses go to support The Center’s mission.

Destination Desserts is a bakery and catering service that produces gourmet cookies, cupcakes and other desserts.  Equipped with a food truck, the Destination Desserts team travels to point of purchase sales locations throughout the St. Louis metro area including St. Louis City and County businesses, parks and events. 

Wags in a Bag is a dog treat bakery that produces four all-natural dog biscuit varieties and specialty frosted treats.  Wags in a Bag is a regular vendor at fairs and other events where furry friends are welcome, and sells its treats directly and through specialty pet shops.

Website: www.destinationdesserts.org

Job Retention:
This service ensures a consumer’s employment in the competitive environment is maintained in a long-term capacity.  It is initiated once an individual’s Vocational Rehabilitation supported employment benefits have been exhausted or denied, and the individual’s employment support needs are at a frequency of 25% or less of his/her total hours worked.   
 
The Center’s Job Retention services are uniquely designed and tailored to meet each participant’s individual support needs. Focused services are provided to assist with maintaining already established skills, learning of new job skills, increased level of independence, building good working relationships through natural supports, self-advocacy, employee and employer satisfaction, and personal growth.

Vocational Skills Training:
The Vocational Skills Training program supports eligible individuals with acquiring, developing and maintaining the skills needed for employment.  The program strives to assist individuals with reaching their maximum potential in their chosen field.  The program will assist them with learning job duties and responsibilities in a true community-based setting.  While employment is not guaranteed at the conclusion of training, participants gain valuable information about working, such as employer expectations, earned wages/income and overall satisfaction with their chosen career.