Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services

Contact Information

Agency:Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Agency Office:600 Washington Street
Boston, MA02111-7041
Phone # 1:617 204-3852
Phone # 2:800 223-2559
Phone # 3:617 204-3817 - TTY
Contact:Nicky Osborne - BI&SSCS Director
Email Address:
Website Address:


The Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP), a program of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission - Brain Injury & Statewide Specialized Community Services, provides services that support individuals with brain injury and their families. Eligibility for SHIP is determined by residency in Massachusetts, regardless of age; a documentable, externally caused traumatic brain injury, which results in significant impairments. Anyone may contact SHIP and request an application. Staff can assist with completion of application upon request. SHIP provides the following services to anyone: information and referral; social and recreation programs; general technical assistance; advocacy and guidance; outreach to homeless people with brain injury; outreach to veterans with brain injury. The following services may be available to eligible applicants: service coordination; regional service centers for skills training; a range of residential support services, case management, 1:1 skills training and support, and substance abuse services. There may be a waiting list for some services.

Program Type

  • Case Management
  • Day/Work Activity
  • Independent Living
  • Information/Referral
  • Respite
  • Social/Leisure
  • Transportation
  • Counseling

Service Types

  • Outpatient-Substance Abuse
  • Socialization Activities

Populations Served

  • Brain/Head Injury

Languages Spoken

  • Cambodian/Khmer
  • French
  • Haitian-Creole
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Accessibility Features

  • Services at Home
  • Services at Work
  • Services at School

Areas Served

Local Area

Additional Information

State Agency





0 to 99

Age Groups Served

  • Birth to 3
  • 3 - 4
  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 – 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Program's minimum age for Elder Services


Direct and Indirect

Referrals From

  • DMA
  • DMH
  • DDS
  • DPH
  • DSS
  • ELD
  • LEA
  • MCB
  • MCD
  • MOD
  • MRC
  • OHA
  • Other
  • PYD
  • VET
  • JTPA
  • DTA
  • DET


  • Personal Funds

Waiting List


Resource last updated on: 2/2/2015

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