Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Boston Medical Center

With expertise in both adult and pediatric trauma and as a regional referral center, Boston Medical Center (BMC) is the largest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England.

The BMC Trauma Center has a reputation as one of the country's finest centers. Verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I adult trauma center, BMC provides the highest level of care to patients with serious, life-threatening injuries.

The Acute Care and Trauma Surgery team is available 24/7 for patients in need of immediate surgical care due to injury and for those experiencing urgent surgical emergencies because of illness. Surgeons, advanced practice providers, critical care nurses, and other skilled staff work together to deliver exceptional care to our patients throughout the care continuum, from the Emergency Department to the outpatient clinic. Department members also care for patients in the newly renovated, state-of-the-art Surgical Intensive Care Unit, which admits more than 1,500 patients annually. 

Boston Medical Center has extensive support available through multiple programs for survivors of trauma.

TSN Coordinator

Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW
LAllee
Email Coordinator

Address
One Boston Medical Center Place
Boston, Massachusetts, 02118


Upcoming Programs & Events

NextSteps

Online class begins July 6, 2022

NextSteps is a free online program to help you manage your life after a serious injury. You can engage in the weekly education modules and live chats with other trauma survivors. NextSteps can help you explore the ways your life has changed after traumatic injury and how you can move forward on your journey. This program can help you manage difficult emotions and find the courage to achieve your goals. Join us! Learn more

Virtual Support Group for Trauma Survivors

July 13, 2022 • 3:00-4:30pm (EST)

This Month's Topic: "Finding Acceptance on Your Journey". Virtual Support Groups are free 90 minute online groups to support survivors of physical injury. Groups are co-led by TSN Trauma Professionals and TSN Peers. Learn more

Virtual Support Group for Trauma Survivors

July 27, 2022 • 6:30-8:00pm (EST)

This Month's Topic: "Finding Acceptance on Your Journey". Virtual Support Groups are free 90 minute online groups to support survivors of physical injury. Groups are co-led by TSN Trauma Professionals and TSN Peers. Learn more

Amputee Support Group

First Wednesday of every month • 1:00-2:30pm (EST)

Amputees, families and friends are invited to attend. We meet to discuss common areas of interest, including accessibility and resources. We socialize, share coping strategies and support each other. Learn more

Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Support Group

Every Thursday • 4:00-5:00pm (EST)

Join the Greater Boston Chapter of United Spinal Association for one or more of our weekly virtual support groups for individuals with spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D). Our groups include Women with SCI/D, Nutrition, Significant Others of Individuals with SCI/D, Spanish Speakers, Newly Injured, After Dark: Intimacy & Relationships, General SCI/D Discussion, Family & Friends, Children with Loved Ones with SCI/D (monthly), and a monthly Saturday Education Series. Learn more

BABIS (Boston Acquired Brain Injury) Support Group

First Saturday of every month • 10:00am-12:00pm (EST)

For brain injury survivors, family and friends, this large support group averages 60+ people each month. We also have a facilitated family/caregiver (brain injury-related) support group which meets at the same time. Learn more


Community Resources

The Community Violence Response Team at Boston Medical Center

https://www.bmc.org/acute-care-trauma-surgery/community-violence-response-team-cvrt

The Community Violence Response Team at Boston Medical Center has clinicians dedicated to providing individual and family counseling services to survivors of violence and family members who have been impacted by violence. In addition, we have case management and family advocacy services to provide additional support and assistance. All services are non-insurance based and are free to the clients and their families. These services are offered to children and adults of all ages. Survivors of violence and their families will be offered support while inpatient at the hospital as well as follow up after discharge. Services include crisis intervention, psycho-education, ongoing counseling, therapeutic support, case management, advocacy and referrals to community partners. Family survivors of homicide victims will be offered assistance with burial planning, ongoing support and counseling.

Violence Intervention Advocacy Program

https://www.bmc.org/violence-intervention-advocacy-program

Boston Medical Center's VIAP Program helps guide victims of community violence through recovery from physical and emotional trauma. Using a trauma informed model of care, VIAP empowers clients and families, facilitates recovery by providing services and opportunities. VIAP presents options for families that bring hope and healing to their lives. In turn, this guidance helps strengthen others who are affected by violence and contributes to building safer and healthier communities.

Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center

https://www.bmc.org/psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine provides addiction treatment, emergency psychiatric services, child and adolescent services, adult services, integrated behavioral health services and global and local research programs. Our faculty, clinicians and staff are deeply committed to providing excellent care to the diverse populations served by Boston Medical Center, the Boston Veterans Administration Health System, and our community health center partners. Our programs focus on mitigating the social determinants of health and providing culturally sensitive care, training, and research. Explore our department, its outstanding clinical services, and world-class research and training opportunities.

The Domestic Violence Program at Boston Medical Center

https://www.bmc.org/domestic-violence-program

BMC's Domestic Violence Program is a resource for patients, employees, community members, and anyone who is seeking information or help with domestic violence. Our Advocates will listen without judgment, without telling you what to do, while offering information and support in the areas you want help with.

Immigrant and Refugee Health Center at Boston Medical Center

https://www.bmc.org/immigrant-refugee-health-center

The BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center connects all of Boston Medical Center’s existing programs and expertise in immigrant and refugee health care into one central point of entry where any immigrant patient can be connected with all of BMC’s medical, mental health and social services that they need in order to heal, rebuild and thrive. We all know the challenge of navigating a complex health care system. By aligning BMC’s immigrant and refugee programs under one medical home model, we can ensure that all of our patients are connected with BMC’s full menu of comprehensive care, can access these services in an efficient way, and are supported by knowledgeable, caring staff in navigating our healthcare system.

The Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center

https://www.bmc.org/programs/good-grief-program

The Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center provides therapeutic support to children who have experienced an important loss such as the death of a significant person, divorce, or separation from a primary caregiver. After a loss, children need the support of caring adults to help them make sense of their loss, to support their grief, and to strengthen their strategies to cope. The Good Grief Program offers a steadying and supportive force for children who are grieving as they respond to their loss or losses.

Child Witness to Violence Program at Boston Medical Center

https://www.bmc.org/child-witness-violence-project

The Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP) provides free, specialized counseling, advocacy, and outreach services to support young children and their caregivers. CWVP works with children, ages birth to 8 years old, who have been exposed to domestic violence, community violence, or other potentially traumatic events. From within Boston Medical Center's Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, CWVP has provided therapy to thousands of children and their families since its inception in 1992. CWVP is staffed by a multi-cultural team of social workers, educational and clinical psychologists, mental health clinicians, early childhood specialists, and a consulting pediatrician. The Child Witness to Violence Project facilitates local, state-wide, and national training's for mental health clinicians, health care professionals, police, educators, and many other social services professionals who support children who have been exposed to violence.

Child Protection Team at Boston Medical Center

https://www.bmc.org/medical-professionals/pediatric-resources/pediatrics-child-protection-team-cpt

The Child Protection Team (CPT), part of the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, works with patients, families and staff to improve pediatric health and well-being by consulting on issues of suspected child maltreatment. Trains BMC doctors, nurses and other professionals how to protect, recognize and manage child maltreatment. We work collaboratively with many departments within BMC to ensure that comprehensive care is provided, and that providers and staff have support and training in child maltreatment. The Child Protection Team is a multidisciplinary group of pediatricians and social workers. Our team has specialized training and works collaboratively to ensure comprehensive care is provided to meet the needs of children and families. Our team provides consultation 24-Hour a day 7-days per week.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Youth Violence Prevention Resources

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/youthviolence/index.html

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention funds national research and specializes in health education, resources, and raising awareness. Youth violence is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities. Youth Violence Prevention efforts should aim to reduce factors that place youth at risk for perpetrating violence and promote factors that protect youth at risk for violence. Many prevention tools have been developed and implemented; many of these prevention programs and strategies have been evaluated and found to be effective at preventing violence and related behaviors among youth. Contact Information: 1-800-232-4636 / TTY: 888-232-6348

Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST)

https://northsuffolk.org/services/emergency-services/boston-emergency-services-team/

The BEST team, under the leadership of Boston Medical Center and with the support of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, provides 24/7 crisis response and emergency mental health services to children, adolescents and adults in Boston, Brookline, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop communities. This team includes bilingual responders to serve all the residents in our communities, providing access to a comprehensive, highly integrated system of crisis evaluation and treatment services.

AskMOVA (Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance)

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/askmova

AskMOVA is a free online resource offered by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA). MOVA supports free and accessible direct services throughout Massachusetts that help crime victims and their families recover from the impacts of violent crime. AskMOVA allows victims, survivors, and service providers to find these free services in an area that is convenient, accessible, and safe for the victim or survivor.

Victim Witness Assistance Program

https://www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/victim-assistance

The Victim Witness Assistance Program of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office provides information, support, and assistance to witnesses, victims of crime, and their family members at no cost. SCDAO provides these services to all Suffolk County crime victims, witnesses and survivors without discrimination.

Victim Compensation and Assistance Division

https://www.mass.gov/massachusetts-victims-of-violent-crime-compensation

If you, a family member or a loved one has been the victim of a violent crime, you can fill out an application with the Victim Compensation Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership

https://www.masspartnership.com/

The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) manages behavioral health care for more than 500,000 MassHealth Members statewide. Working with its network of providers, MBHP offers high quality, accessible, culturally sensitive health care to Members of the MassHealth Primary Care Clinician (PCC) Plan, Community Care Cooperative (C3), Mass General Brigham ACO, Steward Health Choice, and the BeHealthy Partnership. We also serve children in state custody and others.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

https://www.afsp.org/

Mission: Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide. Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. Contact Information: 1-888-333-2377

The Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery

https://www.brittanyfund.org/

Brittany Loring, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings, founded Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery shortly after sustaining injuries on April 15, 2013. The Brittany Fund strives to provide financial support to survivors of trauma so they can focus on their physical and emotional recovery.

AMPOWER

http://www.empoweringamputees.org/

The mission of AMPOWER is to empower and strengthen those affected by amputation or limb difference through peer mentorship, educational resources, and community events.

Amputee Coalition

http://www.amputee-coalition.org/

The mission of the Amputee Coalition is to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention. Resources and information for children, adults, and families. Contact Information: (888) 267-5669

Americans with Disabilities Act

https://www.ada.gov/

The ADA website provides information and technical assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact Information: 1-800-514-0301 (voice) / 1-800-514-0383 (TTY)

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

https://www.adaa.org/

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research. It helps people understand the disorders and educates them about scientifically supported treatments so they can make informed decisions. It also supports professionals who provide treatment and conduct research. Click the link to learn how ADAA could help you or your family. Contact Information: 240-485-1001

New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center

https://www.bu.edu/nerscic/

The Center has a long and distinguished history in working with the spinal cord injury community across the New England region. As a Model System, SNERSCIC serves as an advocate and resource for individuals with SCI, their families and caregivers, and healthcare professionals. SNERSCIC works to enhance the lives of people with SCI across their lifespan through innovative science and technology, with particular attention to underserved populations.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

http://www.christopherreeve.org/

The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. Contact Information: 1-800-225-0292

Brain Injury Association of America

https://www.biausa.org/

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) works to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education to improve the quality of life for adults and children affected by brain injury. BIAA is dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury. It has a network of state affiliates, local chapters, and support groups. Contact Information: (877) 995-7674

Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts

http://www.biama.org/

A nonprofit organization, BIA-MA provides Support & Resources to brain injury survivors and their families; Prevention Programs to educate the public on the impact of brain injuries; Education & Training for brain injury survivors, caregivers and professionals; and Legislative Advocacy for improved community services and safety laws (seat belts, helmets).

Brainline

http://www.brainline.org/

Brainline provides education and resources about Brain Injury and PTSD for both adult and pediatric survivors and their families. They focus on treatment and recovery information for moderate to severe TBI symptoms in both adults and children. Contact Information: 703-998-2020

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline (SAMHSA)

https://www.samhsa.gov/

This helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish. The SAMHSA website also offers a treatment locator to identify local mental health providers. For assistance, call 1-800-662-HELP, TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or visit the website.

American Addiction Center

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide

The mission of American Addiction Center is to provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Through comprehensive and customized treatment plans, they instill hope that long-term recovery is possible. Their purpose and passion are to empower you, your family, and your community by helping you achieve recovery and optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. Contact Information: (888) 969-4402

Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center

https://www.bmc.org/addiction

The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center is a national hub for substance use disorders resources. Through more than a dozen treatment and support programs for patients of all backgrounds, here at Grayken, we revolutionize addiction treatment and education, replicate best practices, and provide policy, advocacy, and thought leadership.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

https://www.madd.org/

The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.


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