Brain Injury Services now available in District III

Enterprise - March 21, 2006

By Linda Spiker/Staff



The Jason Foundation’s Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia has extended its availability to the Third Planning District, which includes the counties of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington and Wythe.

Special funding has allowed the foundation that helps people with brain injuries and their families to expand in District III by adding an additional full-time position to serve this six-county area.

Fran Rooker, president of The Jason Foundation and founder of the Brain Injury Services of SWVA, said the additional funding "means that now people with brain injuries and their families in your area have access to specialized case management services. There is no fee for this service."

According to Rooker, part-time services began last November with a case manager located in the Appalachian Independent Living Center in Abingdon. Now, state grants have expanded that position to full time, and added an additional position for the District Three counties.

"This is the core critical service Greg and I wished we had to assist and support our family after Jason’s injury. Our goal has been to grow this service throughout Southwest Virginia, funded in part through state general funds…More and more people today are living after brain injury. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we strive to help them and their families rebuild their lives."

The Rookers lost their son Jason two years after his accident that resulted in a brain injury. They sought for knowledge about such injuries and what resources are available, and were frustrated at not being able to find a central location that would tell them what they needed to know. After their son’s death, they started The Jason Foundation to offer help and hope to others who were seeking the same information. The Rookers are well known in the Wytheville area, as Greg Rooker was owner/publisher of the Southwest Virginia Enterprise for several years.

As a result of the Rookers’ determination, the Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia was born to create partnerships with assistive agencies. Through BISSWVA, patients and their families can get support for behavior and mental health, cognitive skills and communication, education and school re-entry, employment and job training, health and medical services, home modifications, mobility and transportation, recreation and socialization, self-care and independent living, and volunteering.

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia is also available to people living in the Roanoke and New River valleys.

To contact The Jason Foundation, or for a free brochure, call (540) 633-2225.

Contact case manager Kristen Gregory at (276) 628-2979, Ext. 307.

Linda Spiker can be reached at 228-6611 or




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