Workshop Wednesday: The Intersection of TBI and Mental Health

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This event was held on January 19, 2021. 

Event Description

The brain affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts. A TBI can affect physical functions, thinking abilities, behaviors, and more. TBI's are common among vulnerable populations including, veterans, athletes, homeless communities, and people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. 


Join Judy Dettmer, Director for Strategic Partnerships at the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA), as she once again explored the intersection of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Mental Health. This training provided participants with a brief introduction to TBI and updates on data surrounding the relationship and intersectionality with mental health.   


In this training, participants gained clarity about TBI's including, what a TBI is, how TBI's occur, their classification and severity, ways to help identify TBI's and recognize how misdiagnosis contribute to inappropriately targeted treatment and rehabilitation, and steps to help patients with a TBI.



Judy Dettmer, Director for Strategic Partnerships, NASHIA












Judy Dettmer has been working in the field of brain injury for 30 years. Ms. Dettmer serves as NASHIA’s Director for Strategic Partnerships and a Technical Assistance Lead for the Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance and Resource Center. Ms. Dettmer has worked extensively with adults, children and family members of individuals with brain injury. She has provided direct and systems consultation to improve the lives of individuals with brain injury. Judy has also assisted with research efforts related to brain injury and has conducted countless presentations, classes and seminars on brain injury both in the state of Colorado and nationally. Ms. Dettmer has provided technical assistance to numerous states on topics including but not limited to; screening on brain injury; developing infrastructure within state systems; interagency partnership development; and creation and management of advisory boards and councils. Judy has become a national leader in the field of criminal justice and brain injury, developing screening, identification and accommodations protocols in Colorado that have been routinely modeled by states. Ms. Dettmer is currently a co-facilitator for the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury. 

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