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Brain Injury in the Juvenile Justice System

In 2009, BIAV worked with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitation (DARS), the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and VCU’s Department of Neuropsychology to study the prevalence of brain injury among youth committed to the juvenile justice system. The following activities were supported in part by the Federal TBI Implementation Partnership Grant and the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Grant and in partnership with Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Virginia Collaborative Policy Summit on Juvenile Justice
BIAV hosted the Virginia Collaborative Policy Summit on Juvenile Justice on June 13-14, 2013 at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Richmond. This two-day event brought representatives together from five different states to discuss the successes and challenges of their various projects involving brain injury in the juvenile justice system. Each state presented an overview of its project before attendees broke into peer groups to explore topics such as: evaluation and screenings; treatment and intervention; and education and outreach. On the second day of the summit, participants again broke into small groups to create policy initiatives that could be implemented in their states and reported their plans to the other attendees. Evaluations indicated participants found the event to be a valuable opportunity to collaborate with their peers and exchange ideas.

Policy Summit Proceedings Report

Four-Part Video Series for Professionals
BIAV produced a four-part video series that will be used to train professionals with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice on ways to treat and engage the residents with whom they work. The topics of the videos include: Introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury; Overview of Project to Identify Brain Injury Among Incarcerated Youth; and Behavioral Implications and Strategies for Adolescents with Brain Injury Parts 1 & 2. The video series may be viewed by visiting our You Tube page at

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