All services provided by the TBI Network are based on the agency’s six guiding principals which include:
1. Persons will be eligible for involvement with the program regardless of their current attitudes or beliefs regarding alcohol or other drugs.
2. Involvement with clients is holistic, i.e., all problems of community integration must be addressed, not just those thought to be directly related to substance abuse or traumatic brain injury.
3. The client and family are the decision-makers regarding goals and objectives and staff are information providers and facilitators.
4. Attitudes, beliefs and skills acquired in a person's home community are more likely to be sustained in that community than attitudes, beliefs, and skills learned elsewhere that require generalization.
5. Client, family, and service providers are a team whose efforts need to be actively coordinated.
6. When facilitated through case-specific consultation, the expertise of local service providers is extremely applicable to the problems of substance abuse following traumatic brain injury.
Whatever It Takes
The TBI Network Executive Director, John D. Corrigan PhD, in conjunction with Barry Willer PhD, developed a list of strategies in 1994 for working with persons who had sustained a brain injury. They named these principles "Whatever it Takes" (WIT). These concepts, created to address the complex needs and fragmented services experienced by persons who have sustained a TBI, are embraced as a basis for understanding client needs and the development of treatment services at the TBI Network. These principles are:
1. No two individuals with acquired brain injury are alike.
2. Skills are more likely to generalize when taught in the environment where they will be used.
3. Environments are easier to change than people.
4. Community integration should be holistic.
5. Life is a "place and train" venture.
6. Natural supports last longer than professionals.
7. Interventions must not do more harm than good.
8. Service delivery systems present many of the barriers to community integration.
9. Respect for the individual is paramount.
10. Needs of individuals with brain injuries last a lifetime; so should their resources.