SUPPORT GROUPS

Strengthening communities through peer support.

About Support Groups

There are many Brain Injury Support Groups throughout the state of Washington. Each group has developed its own unique style based on the needs and interests of its participants.

Support Groups provide the opportunity to:

  • Gather information and news
  • Share common needs and strengths
  • Express any type of view without being judged
  • Socialize with people who have common experiences
  • Meet new friends and find new connections in the community
  • Find courage and take risks in a safe place

Brain Injury Support Groups in Washington

Note: Support Groups with a are affiliated with the BIAWA.

Bainbridge Island Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group
Survivors, Family Members and Caregivers, all are welcome
2nd Tuesday of every month, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Bainbridge Island Library, downstairs meeting room
1270 Madison Ave N. Bainbridge Island WA
Contact: Roberta Dueno (206) 842-8005

Bellevue/Eastside
1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 1:00-2:30pm Highland Community Center - 14224 Bel Red Road Bellevue, WA
Contact: Karen Ljunggren 425-653-2480 for more information.

Bellingham Brain Injury Support Group
2nd Thursday of every month 7:00 – 9:OO P.M.
New Location: DVSAS (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES) OFFICE (Downstairs)
1407 Commercial St, Bellingham, WA 98225.
This is for both the caregiver and regular meetings.
Contact: Mary Hughes 360-548-8536

Bellingham Caregiver Support Group

August Meeting cancelled.  Next meeting on September 8th.Reminder:  Annual Picnic on August 6th from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. @ Squallicum Creek Park
2nd Thursday of every month 7:00 – 9:OO P.M.
New Location: DVSAS (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES) OFFICE (Downstairs)
1407 Commercial St, Bellingham, WA 98225.
Contact: Janet Mott 206-972-9305

Bremerton
4th Wednesday of each month 4:30–6:00pm
St Paul's Episcopal Church at 700 Callahan Drive, Bremerton. 
The group meets in the main level meeting room.
Contact: Janice Worman OTR/L at 360-744-8980

Colville - Stevens County
3rd Tuesday; 4:00 pm-6:00pm (Survivors)
The Meeting Place
887 South Walnut  Colville, WA 
Danny Holmes 509-680-4634

Colville- Stevens County
3rd Tuesday; 6:00pm-7:30pm (Caregivers)
Hecht Building near Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital
Danny Holmes 509-680-4634

Cowlitz Brain Injury Support Group
Second Thursday of each month 11:30am–12:30pm
DSHS Office 305 Pacific Avenue, Suite B, Kelso, WA
Contact: Carla Whitson carlajow@braininjurywa.org or 360-991-4928

Edmonds – Swedish Brain Support Group
1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm
2nd Floor cafeteria at Swedish/Edmonds (formerly Stevens) Hospital
21601 76th Avenue W, Edmonds, WA
Contact: Lou Nash at 425-776-7264 or Lou_Nash@Frontier.com
Web: http://www.swedish.org/Locations/Edmond-Campus/Edmonds-Map-and-Directions

Everett/Snohomish County Brain Injury Support Group
3rd Thursday of each month; 6:30-8:00pm
Providence Medical Center, Pacific Campus – (main floor) Monte Cristo Room; 916 Pacific Avenue,
Everett, WA 98201
Contact: Janet Mott 206-972-9305
Email: Janetm@biawa.org

Gig Harbor
Brain Injury Networking Group, 2nd Thursday of each Month 6:00 – 7:30 pm Location: Inn at Gig Harbor in the Cascade Room, 3211 56th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Contact: Channa Beckman at 253-851-0007
Email: gigharbor.bing@gmail.com

Grays Harbor Brain Injury Support Group
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 12:00-2:00PM
Effective June 18, 2015 - Our group is moving to:
Emerson Manor (Conference Room) - 703 Simpson Ave
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Contact: Barb George 360.281.5332, barbmgeorge@gmail.com

Lewis County
1st Tuesday, 5:00pm – game night
2nd Tuesday, 5:00pm – social group
3rd Tuesday, 5:00pm – study group
4th Tuesday, 5:00pm – social group
For meeting location, please contact:
Larry Carroll at 360-864-4341 or Ann Grabhorn at 360-983-3166

Moses Lake
3rd Monday of each month; 11:30-1:30pm
Big Bend Community College
ATEC Building
Contact:  Jennifer McCarthy 509-766-1907

Olympia Brain Injury Support Group
Second Tuesday of every month - 6:00-8:00pm
Providence St Peter Hospital: 413 Lily Rd NE Olympia, WA 98506
Main Hospital building, 2nd Floor, Room 200 (Just past the cafeteria)
Olympia, WA
Driving Instructions
Contact: Suzann at 360-878-7240

Pullman
Meetings cancelled until further notice. 

Pullman - People First of Palouse
2nd Thursday of each month 6:30-8:00pm
Gladish Community & Cultural Center
115 NW State Street, Room 213, Pullman
Contact:  Donna Lowry 1-800-758-1123 or pfow@clarkston.com

Puyallup Caregiver Support Group
1st Tuesday of every month, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital
Mt. Tahoma Room, Meadow Pavilion
401 15th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98372
Contact: Jackie or Jeanne - jakpope76@aol.com or Jesalvini@hotmail.com

Puyallup

1st and 3rd Thursdays from 6-7:30pm
Good Samaritan Hospital in the Baker Room, Puyallup
Contact: Jeff Hartson 253-213-2833 or jffhrtsn53@gmail.com

Quad Cities
2nd Saturday of each month, 9:00am
Tri State Memorial Hospital 1221 Highland Avenue, Clarkston
Contact: Deby Smith at 208-305-4789
msdebys@yahoo.com

San Juan County
Telephone Support only, 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Contact: Andrea Simmons at 360-378-9541

Seattle Brain Injury Caregiver Alliance
Meetings 4th Wednesday of every month from 6:00-7:30pm
This group is trying out new meeting spaces. Contact Natasha for exact location.
Contact: Natasha Pietila at 415-246-1092 or natashap.bica@gmail.com
http://nwbicablog.wordpress.com/

Seattle Free Gentle Yoga for People with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Most Fridays, 4:00-5:00pm  
Embrace the Moon, 1716 NW Market St, Seattle WA 98107
Sponsored by the Seattle Wallingford Support Group for People
with Mild Brain Injuries Contact: Janet Novinger at 206-547-2526

Seattle Buckley’s in Belltown (was Two Bells Tavern)
Where: 2331 2nd Ave, Seattle WA 98121http://www.buckleysseattle.com/btdirections.htm
Description: Meets 2nd Thursday of the month 1:00-3:00pm
NO MEETING IN JULY, 2016
Contact: TBI Resource Line at 877-824-1766<tel:877-824-1766

Seattle - Pediatric Brain Injury Support Group - King County
A two-part support group with social interaction and activities
for children ages 5-17 and a separate group for caregivers.
Occurs three times per year. October 23rd, 2016 from 12:00 to 3:30pm.
Download Korey October Event Flyer PDF
Contact: Sharon Ashman 206-987-2144 or sharon.ashman@seattlechildrens.org

Seattle - Swedish Cerebrovascular Support Group
July Meeting Cancelled!
For patients that have been diagnosed and treated for AVM: open to patients, families, and caregivers.
3rd Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill
James Tower, 1st Floor
Education and Conference Center, Room D
www.swedish.org/cerebrovascular
swedishaneurysmsupport@swedish.org
206-320-4985

Seattle - Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus
Meets the 4th Thursday of the month from 1:00-2:30pm
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus; 500 17th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
East Tower Building; Dining Room/Cafeteria area; Mother Joseph Room
Website:www.swedish.org/locations/cherry-hill-campus
Map & Directions
Contact: Michele Kauffman - tbimichele@gmail.com or 206-535-0920 or 
Terry Furnia - terryfurnia@gmail.com or 206-242-8604

Seattle - HeadStrong Supports Youth and Families recovering from TBI
Come meet other youth, young adults, and families for social events, sharing resources, and caregiver support dinners.
HeadStrong Social Events are typically on the 3rd Sunday of the odd months (Jan, March, May, July, September, November)
HeadStrong Seattle Caregiver dinners are typically on the 4th Tuesday of the even months (Feb, April, June, August, October, December) HeadStrong South (Tacoma) Caregiver dinners are typically on the 4th Tuesday of the odd months (Jan, March, May, July, September, November)
Please see our calendar for more information on event dates, times, and locations.
Website: www.headstrongforlife.org
Contact: Desiree Douglass at dld@headstrongforlife.org or 360-220-1422 or
Becky Prichard at serioussoccer@msn.com or 360-621-0109.

Seattle - Harborview Medical Center

For people who have had a traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Family, friends and caregivers are invited to attend - First Thursday of every month.
UWHarborview/Maleng Building, MB#118, 12-1:30pm.
"Social Happy Hour" to follow @ Diva Espresso, across the street location 502-9th Ave, 1:45-3:00pm.
Contact: Michele Kauffman 206-535-0920tbimichele@gmail.com or
Joel Laguatan 206-948-8552joelvl62062@yahoo.com

Seattle You & Me TBI Support Group
*This Support Group is currently not meeting.

West Seattle/Alaska Junction Brain Injury Support Group
*********NEW LOCATION*********
*Effective Thursday, July 21, 2016*
3rd Thursday of month, 1-2:30pm
Senior Center of West Seattle
California Ave/Oregon St
4217 SW Oregon St., 2nd Flr Café
Seattle, WA 98116
Contact: Joel Laguatan at 206-948-8552 joelvl62062@yahoo.com

Seattle Wallingford TBI Survivors
Mild TBI Survivor Group
3rd Tuesday of every month, 4:00-5:30pm
Good Shepherd Center, Room 221
4649 Sunnyside N. Seattle
Contact:  Janet Novinger at (206) 547-2526

Seattle - Young Adults With TBI

Meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, from 6:00-7:30pm
University of Washington Medical Center Seattle
1959 NE Pacific St, Seattle WA 98195
in the Conference Room in back of the Cafeteria.
Contact: Brandon Blake - facilitator Yawtbi@gmail.com

Sequim/Port Angeles
*This support group is currently not meeting.
Contacts are available for phone or e-mail support.
Contacts: Lloyd and Luanne Huff
Phone: 360-928-2071
Email: lloyd-huff@Q.com

Silverdale
2nd Thursday of each month 3:00–4:30pm
Harlow Medical Center at 1780 NW Myhre Road, Silverdale.  Use the flagpole entrance, the group meets in the Iris Room.
Contact: Janice Worman OTR/L at 360-744-8980

Skagit Valley
2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm
Creekside Retirement Community, Puzzle Room
400 Gilkey Road; Burlington, WA
Contact: Karen Furney 425-268-2934

Spokane - Brain Injury Self Development TBI Advocacy Club & Leadership
Every Tuesday from 2:30-4:30pm
Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College Institute for Extended Learning
Building 24; Room 204
Gail Tumlinson at Gail.Tumlinson@scc.spokane.edu

Spokane County Brain Injury Support Group
4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm
Spokane County Library, 12004 East Main, Spokane Valley
Conference Room A
Contact: Craig Sicilia at (509) 218-7982 or Toby Brown 509-868-5388

Spokane County Disability Advocacy Group Day
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 12:00–2:00pm
Downtown Public Library, 900 West Main; Spokane, WA
Contact: Craig Sicilia at (888) 308-6804

Spokane - County Disability Group Evening
2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:30pm-8:00pm
511 N. Argonne Road; Ambitions Corporate Offices; enter through side door
Spokane Valley, WA
Contact: Craig Sicilia 888-308-6804
Email: craig@brainenergysupportteam.org

Spokane Education Integration Brain Injury Support
For current schedule, please call: Craig Sicilia at (888) 308-6804
Email: craig@brainenergysupportteam.org

Spokane Family & Care Giver Brain Injury Support Group
Spokane Family & Care Giver Brain Injury Support Group 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30–8:00pm St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S Cowley Street, Room LL200 Spokane Contacts: Ashley Richards, 509 838-9348, SpokaneBIAWA@gmail.com

Spokane - Living Well - TBI Support Group For Students
First Thursday from 2:30-3:45pm
Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College Institute for Extended Learning (Downstairs next to the Computer Lab)
Gail Tumlinson at gtumlinson@iel.spokane.edu

BIAWA Spokane TBI Social Group
Monthly Activities – Place, date and time vary due to activity
Contact: Ashley Richards, 509-838-9348, SpokaneBIAWA@gmail.com

Spokane - TBI/PTSD Veterans Fellowship
Every Sunday 5PM Life Center Church (by SFCC)
1202 North Government Way
Contact: Craig Sicilia (888) 308-6804 craig@brainenergysupportteam.org

Spokane TBI Survivor Support Group
2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm – 8:00pm St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S Cowley Street, Room 200 Spokane Contact: Ashley Richards, 509 838-9348, SpokaneBIAWA@gmail.com

Stanwood - Camano Island-North Snohomish County
3rd Monday of each month, 6:30–8:00pm
Stanwood Community and Senior Center Library,
7430 276th Street NW, Stanwood
Contact: Karen Furney at (425) 268-2934

Stevens County TBI Support Group
3rd Tuesday of each Month 4:00-6:00pm
8875 S. Walnut St. Colville, WA 99114
Contact: Danny Holmes 509-680-4634 or
Craig Sicilia 509-218-7982 craig@tbiwa.org

Tacoma - Cascade Park Active Day Adult Day Health - TBI Support Group
Meets every third Tuesday of each month - 6:00–7:30pm
Location: 232 St. Helens Avenue; Tacoma, WA
Contact: Tim Renn 253-627-9990

Tacoma - HeadStrong supports Youth and Families recovering from TBI
Come meet other youth, young adults, and families for social events, sharing resources, and caregiver support dinners.
HeadStrong Social Events are typically on the 3rd Sunday of the odd months (Jan, March, May, July, September, November)
HeadStrong South (Tacoma) Caregiver dinners are typically on the 4th Tuesday of the odd months (Jan, March, May, July, September, November) Please see our calendar for more information on event dates, times, and locations.
Website: http://www.headstrong4life.org/headstrong-calendar/
Contact: Desiree Douglass at dld@headstrongforlife.org or 360-220-1422 or
Becky Prichard at serioussoccer@msn.com or 360-621-0109.

Tacoma Brain Injury Support Group 
2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 6:30–7:30pm
TACID, 6315 South 19th Street, Tacoma
Contact: Jeff Hartson 253-213-2833 or jffhrtsn53@gmail.com

Tacoma Caregiver Matters

3rd Saturday of the Month 2:00- 4:00 pm
BEST Space 2607 Bridgeport Way W, 2G, University Place, WA 98466
For more information call 877-719-2378 x 104

TriCities – Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group
1st Wednesday of each month, 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Kadlec Neurological Resource Center
1268 Lee Blvd
Richland, WA 99352
Contact: 509-943-8455
Web: Kadlec Neurological Resource Center Website

Vancouver Support Group
2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center Third floor, conference room “A” 2211 NE 139th Street Vancouver, WA 98686 (near I-5 & I-205 interchange)
Carla Jo Whitson at 1-360-991-4928

Walla Walla
Contact: Craig Sicilia at (509) 218-7982
Every Sunday:  On-line Chat Nights 6:00pm

Wenatchee Stroke and Brain Injury Group
3rd Monday of each month, 1:30–3:00pm
Wellness Place, 609 Okanogan Ave, Wenatchee
Contact: R. Lisa McKee 509-664-4868 x 5938 or RMcKee@wvmedical.com

Whidbey Island – Coupeville
3rd Monday, 6:30-8:00PM.
Whidbey General Hospital
101 N Main Street, Coupeville WA (enter at rear of building, lower level, held in either conference room A or B)
Hospital telephone: 360-678-7656 Ext. 4001
Contact: Kelly or Kathy Thompson 360-222-4122

Yakima – Adaptive Recreation for Community Integration
Activity-based support group that meets in the community depending on the activity. This group is for survivors, friends, family, and caregivers.
Once per month, dates and times vary.
Facebook: Adaptive Recreation for Community Integration
Contact: Emily Lowndes, (931) 308-8189, Emily.lowndes@gmail.com
Info: PDF

Yakima – Aphasia Support Group
Twice per month, dates vary, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Yakima Regional Outpatient Clinic, 111 S. 11th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902
Contact: Bethany Davis, MA, CCC-SLP, (509) 575-5068 or (509) 833-1983, brainstormrehab@hotmail.com
Info: PDF

Yakima – Brainstorm Rehab Support Group
Once per month, dates, times and locations vary.
Facebook: Brainstorm Rehab
Contact: Bethany Davis, MA, CCC-SLP, (509) 833-1983, brainstormrehab@hotmail.com
Info: PDF

 

 


 

For more information about Brain Injury Support Groups or assistance finding the
right Support Group call the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Center
at BIAWA 877-824-1766, or the Brain Energy Support Team Website