Traumatic Brain Injury
Berkshire County Arc works under contract with the Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services Department (BI&SSCSD) to
provide twenty-four-hour residential services for individuals who have a brain injury. These programs provide supports
that help people re-learn skills that enable them to live in their communities. Areas of skill development include neurobehavioral
and neurocognitive management; independent living; leisure, recreation and community integration; vocational/avocational;
and social/family. Individuals who live in the program attend classes at BCC and the Adult Learning Center, work on political
campaigns, take art lessons through Community Access to the Arts, and volunteer at local human service agencies. The people
supported through the programs came from large institutional settings and now have much greater quality of life in their
new homes located throughout Berkshire County.
In addition, Berkshire County Arc's employment division, the Advantage Employee Network (AEN), has been providing supported employment services to individuals with brain injury for the past decade. AEN has assisted many people with brain injury living in the Berkshires to obtain and maintain productive careers.