California Support Groups

Traumatic brain injury survivors face a variety of different issues. While everyone with TBI has different challenges, depending on the severity of their injury, other people undergoing similar challenges can best understand the problems you are facing. TBI support groups provide the emotional support TBI patients and their families need to tackle the obstacles of living with a traumatic brain injury. Support groups are a wonderful way to make new friends and to learn about TBI.

Different TBI support groups focus on different aspects of coping with TBI. For example, some groups offer special separate meetings for the family members and caregivers of TBI patients, while other groups have one meeting for both the TBI patient and his or her family. Some groups focus on helping new TBI patients adjust to their new lifestyle, while other groups focus on offering adaptive recreational activities for people with TBI. Some support groups offer support for people with either TBI or SCI and several support groups offer help to people with any form of physical disability. It is a good idea to check out several groups before deciding which one to join; some people find it helpful to belong to more than one group.

We have tried to make the following list of TBI support groups in California as complete as possible. Since groups change meeting places and meeting times and may disband without notice, we advise you to call ahead before visiting a group’s meeting place for the first time.

If you cannot find a TBI support group, you may want to consider starting your own.

Apple Valley

Brainstorming 4 Us

A monthly support group in the Apple Valley area. You can visit their website for more information at www.brainstorming4us.com

Contact:

info@brainstorming4us.com

Bakersfield

Brain Injury Support Group

Please call for more information on dates and times of the support groups.

Meeting place:
5001 Commerce Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Contact:

661-834-2086

Burlingame

ABI Support Group

Day & Time
Please call for more information on dates and times of the support groups.

Meeting place:

1764 Marco Polo Way
Burlingame, CA 94010

Contact: 650-595-0783

Castro Valley

Eden Medical Center Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

Please call for current information on the support groups held at Eden Hospital.
510-727-2761

Meeting place:
20103 Lake Cabot Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Contact: 510-889-5064

Escondido

Head Injury and Trauma Spinal Support System (HITSSS)

Please call for more information on dates and times of the support groups.

Meeting place:

555 E. Valley Center
Escondido, CA 92030

Contact: 800-986-4487

Eureka

Heads Up

Please call for more information on dates and times of the support groups.

Meeting place:

1910 California Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Contact: 707-443-8951

Hemet

Hemet Valley Head Trauma Support Group

Please call for more information on this group.

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 3672
Hemet, CA 92546

Contact:

909-767-1680

Huntington Beach

Adult Day Services of Orange County

Please call for more information on dates and times of the support groups.

Meeting place:

9451 Indianapolis Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Contact:

714-593-9630

Inglewood

New Pathways Westside Brain Injury Support Group

This group gives members the opportunity to learn more about their specific condition as well as to talk to member in similar circumstances. Each meeting features informative guest speakers. Please call for more information on dates, times, and eligibility to join.

Meeting place:

Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital
333 N. Prairie A
Inglewood, CA 90301

Contact: 310-674-7050, Ext: 3100

Website: www.centinelafreeman.com/memorial/HospitalServices/New%20Pathways

Laguna Hills

Saddleback Brain Injury Support Group

Please call for more information on dates and times of the support groups.

Meeting place:
24451 Health Center Dr.
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Contact:

949-452-7255

Larkspur

Brain Injury Survivors Support Group

Please call for more information on this TBI support group.

Meeting place:

1144 Magnolia
Larkspur, CA 94939

Contact:

415-461-6771

Pomona

Pomona Brain Injury Support Group

Call for more information about this group.

Meeting place:

255 E. Bonita Ave.
Pomona, CA 91769

Contact: 909-596-0955

Oxnard

TBI Support Group

Call for information on this group.

Meeting place:

1600 N. Rose Ave
Oxnard, CA 93030

Contact:

805-642-4390

Redding

Brain Injured Guidance Group (BIGG)

Call 530-245-1796 for information on BIGG.

Meeting place:

105 "B" Hartnell Avenue
Redding, CA 96002

Contact: 530-221-1452

Sacramento

Participants in Progress

This is a peer support group for people with any type of physical disability. The group hosts monthly outings. Please call for more information.

Address:
Participants in Progress
P.O. Box 162426, Sacramento, California, 95816
Phone: 916-456-1837

San Bernardino

Support Groups for Students with Acquired Brain Injury

This group is especially for students struggling with the challenge of TBI. Please call for more information.

Meeting place:

701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., #107
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Contact: 909-888-6511 ext: 1642

San Diego

Challenged Women’s Support Initiative (CWSI)

This group welcomes women and men with physical disabilities of all types, as well as family members, caregivers, and anyone who is interested in supporting the physically challenged. The group meets every second Wednesday of the month. The meeting is from noon to 1:30, but participants are asked to please arrive by 11:30 a.m. in order to check-in. For those unable to attend the meetings, the group also offers telephone and e-mail peer support and education.

Meeting place:

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women
Benbough Room
3003 Health Center Drive, San Diego, California, 92123

Contact: Mary Thompson 858-939-6709 or Mary.Thompson@sharp.com

Website: http://www.sharp.com/services/index.cfm?id=684

Brain Injury General Meetings

Call for details.

Address:

P.O. Box 84601
San Diego, CA 92138

Contact:

619-294-6541

Website: www.sdbif.org

TBI Support Group

Call for more information on this group.

Meeting place:

200 W. Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103

Contact: 800-986-4487

San Jose

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Please call for details.

Meeting place:

403 S. Cypress Avenue
San Jose, CA 95117

Contact: 408-295-9896, Ext: 18

San Rafael

Connections

Please call for more information at the Connections support group.

Meeting place:

1675 Grand Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Contact: 415-453-4069

Santa Barbara

Brain Injury Support Group—Jodihouse

Please call for more information on this group.

Meeting place:

1235 Veronica Rd., #C
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Contact: 805-563-2882

Website: www.jodihouse.com

Santa Monica

TBI Social Network

This group of TBI survivors meets for dinner. Please call John Simpson at 310-364-4640 for current information on dates, times, and places.

Address:

1444 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA

Website: www.angelfire.com/ca/kktbisocialnetwork

Santa Rosa

Brain Injury Network of Sonoma County

Please call for information on the Brain Injury Network

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 9217
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Contact: 707-544-4323
Email: braininjurynetwork@prodigy.net

Saratoga

Spectrum of Abilities

This group in the Bay Area is dedicated to social gatherings and support for all LGBT and S people with physical disabilities, and their caregivers, family, and friends.

Meeting place:

Southwest YMCA
13500 Quito Road
Saratoga, California 95070

Contacts:

Mark 408-733-0387
Grant 650 996-8316

Sunnyvale

Think-A-Heads

Please call 408-257-4719 for information on this TBI survivors support group.

Meeting place:

550 East Remington St.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Contact: 408-448-2260

Walnut Creek

New Lift Support Group

This group’s meetings are held at the John Muir Outpatient Therapy Center in the Outpatient Therapy Center. Please call for more information.

Meeting place:
1981 N. Broadway
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Contact:

510-204-5388

Support Group for Disabled Women

This support group for women with various physical disabilities is led by Ann Herman, a Social Worker who has been a C6/7 quad for thirty years.

Contact:

Ann Herman 858-541-3171