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Kristin Olliney and Isabella

"She’s come really far … but she has a long journey ahead of her, but we’ll take that together, too."

In 2010, Kristin Olliney and her daughter Isabella's lives were changed forever when Isabella came down with sudden acute encephalitis, which caused brain damage. Despite the number of challenges they face every day, Isabella and her mother face them head on and work on her rehabilitation every day.

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Brains At Risk Program

brainsatriskAbout the Brains At Risk Victim Impact Panel
Brains At Risk is an awareness and prevention program that was developed over twenty-five years ago by the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) that links dangerous driving behaviors to the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The curriculum combines video, graphics and group discussions to demonstrate the importance of choices made behind the wheel.  The most impactful part of Brains At Risk is when the attendees get to hear the personal stories of those whose lives have been permanently affected by an impaired or reckless driver or underage drinking. 

Brains at Risk Referral Process
To make a referral, download and print the form below, fill it out, and fax it to 508-475-0039. Brains At Risk will provide the referred individual with the necessary information for the seminar within two weeks and notify the appropriate agency of program completion or failure within five days of the scheduled seminar. Download the Referral Form.

What to Bring to the Program
1. A $50 money order payable to BIA-MA. This is required to in order to participate in the Brains At Risk program. No cash or personal checks will be accepted. Money orders are issued by banks, convenient stores and grocery stores.
2. A photo ID is required along with the program paperwork.

Program Policies
-If you arrive LATE, you will not be admitted in for ANY reason.
-Anyone who has consumed alcohol or other substances prior to attending will not be admitted.
-Eating, drinking, sleeping, talking or texting is not permitted during the program.
-Please remove all hats, hoods and sunglasses while inside the program facility.
-Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
-Please turn off all cell phones, pagers and any other electronic devices before entering the facility.
-Please use the restroom before the program. You will need to check in, pay, hear the presentation and fill out an anonymous evaluation.
-Arguments with BIA-MA staff over guidelines or ejections will be reported to probation/court and  local police if needed.
-BIA-MA reserves the right to deny entry and/or to remove you from the course if these or any other guidelines not listed are not met without any refund. If you have any questions or concerns at anytime, call the Brains At Risk Office Monday – Friday 9:00am-4:00pm at 508-475-0036. Please do not call the location hosting the program as they will not give out information or directions.

Rescheduling
If you are unable to attend your scheduled seminar, you must notify the Brains At Risk Office within 21 business days. The Brains At Risk Office is open Monday-Friday between 9:00am - 4:00pm at 508-475-0036.

Rescheduling Missed Programs
If you have missed your scheduled date for the Brains At Risk Program please click on this link: Reschedule Your Brains at Risk Program

Directions to Brains At Risk Locations

Acton Police Station Haverhill Police Station Spaulding Rehab, Boston
Baystate Medical Center HICS Quincy Spaulding Rehab, Cape Cod
Braintree Rehab Leicester Police Station Stoneham Police Station
Cambridge Safety Marlboro Police Station Wakefield
Fall River Police Department Neuro Worcester Warren House
Franklin Police Station Salem Police Station Westminster

 

Read Brains At Risk FAQs

For more information, please contact us at brainsatrisk@biama.org or call 508-475-0036 Monday - Friday between 9:00am - 4:00pm.

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