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TBI Outpatient Program

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Outpatient Program uses an interdisciplinary approach toward providing unique and individualized treatment to patients with traumatic brain injury and their families, with a goal of improving their quality of life.

The TBI Outpatient Program

New patients in the TBI Outpatient Program are scheduled for an initial evaluation with a provider specializing in brain injury.

  • Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) / Brain Injury Medicine Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant

After a thorough examination, a patient-centered plan of care is made to address your specific areas of concern. Depending on your symptoms and concerns, you may be referred for therapies or evaluations by other members of our interdisciplinary team.

Each member of your care team will perform an initial evaluation and establish a patient-centered treatment plan based on symptoms you may be having, and your unique lifestyle and needs. Therapy progress is coordinated by your provider and through regular team rounding and communication among the team.

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To Schedule an Appointment in the TBI Program:

New Patients

All new patients need a referral from their primary care doctor, an emergency department visit, or from another provider.

To provide the highest quality of care, all new patient referrals are reviewed by our TBI nurse to make sure that each patient is matched with the right type of brain injury provider. This process can take up to a week after a referral is received. You will be called when the process is complete.

  • New Referrals should be faxed to our Referral Center at fax: 612-873-1635.
  • We must have current patient contact information (address and phone) so that we can reach the patient, and the referral must include the date of the brain injury (or approximate date). If this information is not provided it may delay review of the referral and scheduling, and therefore delay treatment.
  • For referral status questions, call the Referral Center at 612-873-6663.

Current Brain Injury/TBI Program Patients

Patients already in the program should call 612-873-9494 for scheduling needs, form assistance, or to talk with a TBI nurse. You may also use MyChart to cancel an appointment or send a message to your care team.

Any other questions about the program should be directed to the TBI Outpatient Program Manager at 612-873-4172.

Financial Assistance

If you are uninsured or need financial assistance, visit our Financial Assistance page.

Costs of Care/Insurance

Find answers to questions about costs.

Find a list of accepted insurance.

Who do we serve in the TBI Outpatient Program?

  • Injury Type: Persons with any type of brain injury (concussion, mild, moderate, severe, non-traumatic, anoxic).
  • Age: Adolescents aged 13+, and adults of any age.
  • Time Since Injury: For mild brain injuries or concussions, the date of injury must be within the past 5 years. For more moderate or severe injuries, there are no limits on time since date of injury.
  • Spinal Cord Injury: Persons with brain injury who also have spinal cord injuries are eligible for TBI clinic evaluation (either incomplete or complete up to level C7).  We do not currently serve patients with recent complete spinal cord injuries beyond level C7.
  • Limb Loss: Persons with brain injury who also have limb loss are eligible for TBI clinic evaluation.
  • Medical Status: The TBI program generally serves medically stable persons who are living in the community either independently or with supervision or assistance.  The program may also serve external patients who are in sub-acute or long-term rehabilitation settings for medication management or specialty care that is not availablein the subacute rehabilitation setting.
  • Health Equity: The population served by this program includes individuals who are suffering from effects of a known or suspected brain injury regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, economic status, lifestyle, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs, or language.

Clinic & Specialty Center

715 South 8th Street, Level 3
Minneapolis MN 55404

Parking under the Clinic & Specialty Center is on Park Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets. Visit our parking page.

Below are just some examples of how our TBI Outpatient Program helps:

Vision

Visual symptoms can be common after TBI. Learn about common visual symptoms, tips to help, and the treatment we provide.

Mental Health

Learn about common emotional changes following TBI, as well as how sleep can play a role. 

More information:

Self Care

Taking care of yourself while recovering from a TBI is so important to enhance your healing. Simple things like drinking water, walking and positive thinking can help.

For Caregivers

Are you caring for a loved one who has sustained a severe TBI? That can be tough especially in times like these. We offer you suggestions to help.

Staying Active

TBI "symptom friendly" activities keep your mind and body busy and active.

Learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury:

What is a Brain Injury?

Mild, moderate or severe; every brain injury is serious.  

Symptoms

Symptoms of a brain injury can be present right away, or show up later. 

Prevention

Learn how to minimize risk.

Brain Injury Research

Hennepin Healthcare is a leader in cutting edge research.

TBI in Seniors

Brain injuries in seniors who fall are often overlooked. 

TBI Rehabilitation

Hennepin Healthcare is the right partner for your brain injury rehabilitation. 

CARF Certification

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), accredits Hennepin Healthcare’s Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program as an Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Program: Brain Injury Specialty Program for Adults and Adolescents. This accreditation demonstrates the TBI Outpatient Program’s commitment to outstanding care, quality improvement, safety, and patient satisfaction. The TBI Outpatient Program has been accredited since 2017. Accreditation lasts 3 years. We successfully re-certified in 2024. At the last survey, the surveyors commented, “The interdisciplinary outpatient brain injury specialty program has several innovative initiatives due to a creative and talented team that includes neuro vision rehabilitation as well as comprehensive interdisciplinary staff with brain injury specialists in occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, neuropsychology, psychology, social work, nursing and physical therapy.”

" 2024 Patient and Family Rating for the TBI Program: 4.4 out of 5 stars."

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TBI By the Numbers Infographic 2023

Contact

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Min Jeong Park Graf, MBBS

Medical Director

Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program

612-873-9494

Carolan Allison

Allison Carolan, MS, CCC-SLP

Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program Manager

612-873-4172

[email protected]