Sending love & appreciation as deep as the ocean & as high as the sky to our support group families! 💚
BEST is excited and honored to announce our BEST Superhero of the Month for 2018, a true beacon of light for the brain injury community and beyond.
Congratulations and BEST wishes to Maggie DePuye-Phillips!
DePuye-Phillps serves as a BEST board director and BEST guest blogger. She is also a dedicated caregiver, instructor, counselor and mentor.
Here’s what Maggie’s nominator had to say about her:
Maggie often uses the symbol of a lighthouse when talking about caregiving and BEST: a beacon of hope where the light of support is always on.
Maggie herself is that very lighthouse she describes, offering care, support and hope to fellow caregivers and the brain injury community through her hard work, generous nature, unwavering support, strong leadership, advocacy for others and boundless positive energy.
Maggie is a caregiver for a veteran with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Through her personal experiences, extensive research and teaching background, Maggie has been a ray of light and valuable resource for caregivers and families in both the civilian and military communities.
Through Maggie’s service as a longtime board director for BEST, she brings amazing leadership, wisdom, determination and positivity to the organization.
Maggie also serves in the deaf and hard of hearing community as a counselor, instructor and mentor.
Maggie’s superhero-powered light shine bright for our community–we are deeply grateful for all she does for others.
Have a superhero in your life? Nominate them today by clicking here!
At the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), we provide support, resources, services, education, social opportunities and more for the brain injury community and their caregivers and families.
Our online presence can be accessed at any time, from anywhere.
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Here are the five BEST ways to connect with us!
- brainenergysupportteam.org: Our website features information about who we are, what we do and how you can get involved. Whether you are a brain injury survivor, caregiver, family member, medical or health/wellness professional with an interest in brain health, we have something for everyone on our website. Please visit today.
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According to the Brain Energy Support Team’s Jeff Hartson, brain injury is prevalent in correctional facilities and the numbers of those affected to continue to grow. While estimates vary from facility to facility, traumatic brain injury (TBI) typically impacts from thirty to seventy percent of those incarcerated. Those individuals who have a TBI may experience significant and additional challenges in these kinds of settings.
A new project, Traumatic Brain Injuries in Corrections, is a collaborative effort with the University of Washington, the Washington State Department of Corrections and other participating entities, to assist front line correctional staff to understand the most effective ways to interact with people who have a TBI. The project team is working on creating brain injury training programs, resources and tools for correctional staff to utilize. In addition to corrections staff training, tools and resources that are being implemented, brain injury support group structures and other educational opportunities are being explored as well.
Hartson has been serving on the project as a subject matter expert, due to his vast professional and personal experience.
Hartson is a Brain Energy Support Team board director, brain injury support group facilitator and was recently appointed to serve on the Washington State TBI Council. Hartson’s previous professional experience in the public sector has prepared him well for his newest role: he has a combined thirty years of public service as a correctional officer, emergency medical technician, search and rescue team member, a role as a reserve sheriff’s department deputy and a volunteer firefighter. Hartson’s other recent projects have included providing subject matter expertise in brain injury awareness and education for disaster preparedness and local emergency preparedness efforts in Pierce County, Washington.
On the personal side, Hartson is also a brain injury survivor himself.
It’s with this foundation of experience and passion to serve his community that he can lend his support, ideas and energy to this critical project.
For Hartson, his participation has been deeply rewarding.
“Along with my role as a corrections officer for over 20 years, other experiences in public service, and now as a TBI survivor, I have taken my experiences and being a TBI ‘thriver,’ to help the team create and provide tools for the staff to work with to help them deal with de-escalation, crises and interactions with inmates who have TBI,” says Hartson.
“It’s been a great experience overall,” continues Hartson. “The interest has been phenomenal and there’s great comradery amongst the project participants.”
To learn more about the Traumatic Brain Injury in Corrections Project, please click here for more information.