Mission and History



Our Mission and Vision


Our Vision at Community Brain Injury Services is for every survivor of brain injury to have the opportunity to realize a life of purpose and self-determined value. Our Mission is to empower survivors of brain injury to regain and maintain independence through innovative, outcomes-based services.
 

The History of Community Brain Injury Services


Prior to 1999, Virginia offered little to survivors of brain injury after medical rehabilitation. mill house advocacy wheelchair ramp dedicationWith the increased incidence of brain injury, the need for long term community based services became evident to both local individuals and state officials. In 1999, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services responded by funding the state’s first clubhouse for survivors of brain injury, The Mill House. Located in Richmond, The Mill House offered an innovative approach to community reintegration where survivors could claim ownership over rehabilitation and actively pursue long term goals.

The Mill House, operating under the nonprofit name Community Brain Injury Services (CBIS), not only succeeded in bringing needed services to Richmond, but also obtained grant funding to open a second clubhouse and to provide case management services. In 2005, CBIS founded The Denbigh House in Newport News, now serving survivors in the Middle Peninsula and Peninsula area. In 2007, CBIS began serving survivors of brain injury in the Metro Richmond area with case management services.