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About Support Groups

Washington State boasts a colorful variety of Support Groups! 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
  • Develop and foster a community mindset 
  • 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

For more information about Brain Injury Support Groups or assistance in locating a Support Group that will best fit your needs, call the Washington Brain Injury Resource Center at BIAWA 877-982-4292, or visit the Brain Energy Support Team Website.

Support Groups with a * are affiliated with the BIAWA

Bellingham:

*Bellingham Brain Injury Support Group
1st Thursday of the month - 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Peace Health/St. Joseph Hospital - Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
Contact: Mary Hughes 360-631-2054


*Bellingham Caregiver Support Group

1st Thursday of the month - 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Peace Health/St. Joseph Hospital - Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
Contact: Janet Mott 206-972-9305
Email: janetm@biawa.org


*Bremerton:

4th Wednesday of each month 4:30–6:00pm
St Paul's Episcopal Church
700 Callahan Drive, Bremerton, WA 98310
The group meets in the main level meeting room.
Contact: Janice Worman OTR/L
Phone: 360-744-8980


*Everett:

Everett/Greater Snohomish Brain Injury Support Group
Meets 3rd Thursday of the Month, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
HOLIDAY DINNER ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Place: La Palmera Family Mexican Restaurant 11731 Airport Road, Everett, WA 98204
Contact: Janet Mott
Email: janetm@biawa.org
Phone: 206-972-9305 or 360-982-2915


*Port Angeles:

Port Angeles Brain Injury Support Group
Meetings First Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Olympic Medical Center - Wendel Room
939 Caroline Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Contact: Diana Bluthenthal 
Email: northolybrain@gmail.com

San Juan County:

Telephone Support only, 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Contact: Andrea Simmons
Phone: 360-378-9541


Shoreline:

Yoga Class
Starting December 2nd 
Mondays 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Spartan Recreation Center, Gymnastics Room
202 NE 185th St, Shoreline, WA 98155
The only Mondays we won’t have class are Memorial Day and Labor Day and Christmas or New Year’s if they fall on a Monday.
Contact: Janet Novinger
Phone: 206-547-2526
Janet@explorationsconsulting.com
 
www.explorationsconsulting.com

*Silverdale:

2nd Thursday of each month 3:00–4:30pm
Harrison Medical Center - Silverdale Harlow Medical Building
1780 NW Myhre Road, Silverdale, WA 98383
Use the flagpole entrance, the group meets in the Iris Room
Contact: Janice Worman OTR/L
Phone: 360-744-8980

Skagit Valley:

No Meetings in June, July, and August. Meetings will begin again in September 
2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Creekside Retirement Community - Puzzle Room
400 Gilkey Rd, Burlington, WA 98233
Contact: Karen Furney
Phone: 425-268-2934


*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, WA 98292
Contact: Karen Furney
Phone: 425-268-2934


Whidbey Island – Coupeville:

3rd Monday, 6:30-8:00 PM.
Whidbey General Hospital
101 N Main Street, Coupeville, WA 98239
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

Support Groups with a * are affiliated with the BIAWA


Bainbridge:

Phone Support Available
Contact: Roberta Dueno
Phone: 206-842-8005

Bellevue/Eastside:

*1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 1:00-2:30 pm
Highland Community Center
14224 Bel Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007
Contact: Karen Ljunggren
Phone: 425-653-2480

Edmonds:

Swedish Brain Injury Support Group
1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 pm
Swedish Edmonds (formerly Stevens) Hospital
2nd Floor Cafeteria
21601 76th Avenue W, Edmonds, WA 98026
Contact: Robin Spicuzza
Phone: 425-772-6363
Email: Robinx77@comcast.net or robins@brainenergysupportteam.org


Seattle:

Seattle Brain Injury Caregiver Alliance
Meetings 4th Thursday of every month from 6:00-8:00 pm
Horizon House - Robert Durham Room
900 University St., Seattle, WA 98101
Check blog for current information: nwbicablog.wordpress.com
Contact: Patty Concannon
Phone: 206-386-2600 or 206-604-8265
Email: pattyconcannon@me.com


*Seattle Free Gentle Yoga for People with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Fridays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Aditi Yoga
Wallingford Center, Room 201
1815 N 45th St., Seattle, WA 98103
The 44 bus stops outside and there is lots of free parking.
Room 201 is just inside the Center’s main front door and to the right. There are two sets of stairs leading up to the studio. There are entrances off the parking lots that also have sets of stairs. The handicapped entrance is on the west side of the building, just north of Chutney’s Bistro – the door is a little hard to see. There’s an elevator inside the door to the right. That ground-floor level is the 100 level, so you will go up to floor 2 for the studio. From the elevator, the studio is at the far side of the building. 
Sponsored by the Seattle Wallingford Support Group for People with Mild Brain Injuries
Contact: Janet Novinger
Phone: 206-547-2526
Email: janet@explorationsconsulting.com

Seattle Buckley’s in Belltown (was Two Bells Tavern)
2331 2nd Ave, Seattle WA 98121
Description: Meets 2nd Thursday of the month 1:00-3:00 pm
Contact: BIAWA at 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.
Contact: Sharon Ashman
Phone: 206-987-214
Email: sharon.ashman@seattlechildrens.org

Seattle - Swedish Cerebrovascular Support Group
For patients that have been diagnosed and treated for AVM: open to patients, families, and caregivers.
3rd Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus
James Tower, 1st Floor
Education and Conference Center, Room D
500 17th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
Website: www.swedish.org/cerebrovascula..
Email: swedishaneurysmsupport@swedish.org
Phone: 206-320-4985

*Seattle - Swedish Medical Center - Cherry Hill Campus
4th Thursday of the month from 1:00-2:30 pm
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus, East Tower Building
Dining Room/Cafeteria area - Mother Joseph Room
500 17th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Website:www.swedish.org/locations/cher...
Contact: Michele Kauffman at tbimichele@gmail.com or 206-841-0445
Joel Laguatan at joelvl62062@yahoo.com or 206-948-8552


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.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
facebook.com/headstrongforlifewa/

*Seattle - Harborview Medical Center
For people who have had a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Family, friends and caregivers are invited to attend.
1st Thursday of every month - 12-1:30 pm
Harborview Medical Center - Maleng Building, MB#118,
410 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Contact:  Michele Kauffman at tbimichele@gmail.com or 206-841-0445
Joel Laguatan at joelvl62062@yahoo.com or 206-948-8552


*West Seattle/Alaska Junction Brain Injury Support Group
3rd Thursday of the month, 1-2:30 pm
Senior Center of West Seattle - 2nd Floor Café
4217 SW Oregon St., Seattle, WA 98116 (Corner of California Ave and Oregon St)
Contact: Michele Kauffman at tbimichele@gmail.com or 206-841-0445
Joel Laguatan at joelvl62062@yahoo.com or 206-948-8552

*Seattle Wallingford TBI Survivors
Mild TBI Survivor Group
3rd Tuesday of every month, 4:00-5:30 pm
Good Shepherd Center, Room 221
4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle, WA 98103
Contact: Janet Novinger at (206) 547-2526
Email: janet@explorationsconsulting.com

Seattle Wallingford Craft Group
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 2 - 4 pm

The craft group meets twice a month so that people living with brain injury can be creative and socialize informally. You can bring your own projects, like your knotting, crocheting, or participate in the group's projects. We will decide together what craft projects we will do as a group.
Good Shepherd Center, Room 223
4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, WA 98103
Contact: Janet Novinger at (206) 547-2526
Email: janet@explorationsconsulting.com

*Seattle - Young Adults Stroke Survivors (YASS)
3rd Saturday of every month - 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
(except for special events in July, August and December)
Seattle BrainWorks/Provail
12700 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, WA 98133
The group hosts guest speakers and focuses on a topic related to stroke.
All ages are welcome. The group provides coffee, beverages, and a variety of snacks.
A UW-sponsored caregivers group meets at 1:30 in the next room, so caregivers are welcome to attend either meeting (or both).
Contact: Bill Monroe
Email: SeattleYASS@gmail.com
Website: http://seattleyass.com/

Seattle - Young Adults With TBI
On Hold - Contact BIAWA for more information.
877-982-4292

Support Groups with a * are affiliated with the BIAWA


Colville:

Colville - Stevens County Survivor Support Group
3rd Tuesday -  4:00 pm-6:00 pm
The Meeting Place - 887 South Walnut, Colville, WA
Contact: Danny Holmes
Phone: 509-680-4634

Colville - Stevens County Caregiver Support Group
3rd Tuesday; 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Hecht Building near Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital
Contact: Danny Holmes 
Phone: 509-680-4634

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


Moses Lake:

3rd Monday of each month; 11:30-1:30 pm
Big Bend Community College - ATEC Building
7762 Chanute St. NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837
Contact: Jennifer McCarthy
Phone: 509-766-1907


*Quad Cities:

2nd Saturday of each month, 9:00 am
Tri State Memorial Hospital
1221 Highland Avenue, Clarkston, WA 99403
Contact: Deby Smith
Phone: 208-305-4789
Email: msdebys@yahoo.com


Spokane:


Brain Injury Brunch Club
2nd Saturday of the month, 11:00 AM till 12:15 PM
Frankie Doodles Restaurant - Conference Room
30 E 3rd Ave, Spokane, WA 99202
Contact: Nicholas Mehrnoosh
Email: nkmehrnoosh@eagles.ewu.edu


Brain Injury Community Planning Meeting
2nd Monday of the month, 6:30 PM till 7:30 PM
Deaconess Health and Education Center, RM 263
910 W 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204
Contact: Nicholas Mehrnoosh
Email: nkmehrnoosh@eagles.ewu.edu

Brain Injury Community Support Group
4th Monday of the month, 6:30 PM till 8:00 PM
M
ulti-Care Valley Hospital - Education Center, Davis Room
12606 E Mission Ave, Spokane, WA 99216
Contact: Nicholas Mehrnoosh
Email: nkmehrnoosh@eagles.ewu.edu

Brain Injury Self Development TBI Advocacy Club & Leadership
Tuesdays at 2:30 PM till 4:30 PM
Spokane Falls Community College - Institute for Extended Learning
Building 24 - Room 204

North Spokane Support Group
3rd Thursday of the month, 2:00 PM till 3:00 PM
Coles Bakery and Cafe
521 E Holland Ave, Spokane, WA 99218
Support Group Facilitator: John Lee
Contact: Nicholas Mehrnoosh
Email: nkmehrnoosh@eagles.ewu.edu

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

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

TBI Survivor Support Group
4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM till 8 PM
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute - Room: 200
711 S Cowley St, Spokane, WA 99202
Contact: Kristina Anderson
Email: andersonkristina03@gmail.com

*Spokane Family & Care Giver Brain Injury Support Group
2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30–8:00 pm
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute -  Room LL2 
711 S Cowley St, Spokane, WA 99202
Contact: Penny Wayment
Phone: 509-838-9348
Email: SpokaneBIAWA@gmail.com

Spokane Social Support Group
Call for more information
Phone: 509 838-9348
Web: www.biawaspokanechapter.org


*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
Phone: 509-943-8455
Web: Kadlec Neurological Resource Center Website

Tri-Cities Brain Injury Breakfast Club
2nd Saturday of the month, 10:30 AM till 12 PM
Contact: Jennifer Nice
Email: jenn.tbi.survivor@gmail.com


Walla Walla:

Every Sunday: Online Chat Nights 6:00 pm
Contact: Craig Sicilia
Phone: 509-218-7982

Wenatchee:

Wenatchee Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group
4th Monday of each month, 4:00-5:00pm
Confluence Health Sleep/Spine Clinic - Conference Room
1000 North Miller Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801
Contact: Sophie Gresh
Email: Sophie.gresh@confluencehealth.org

Yakima Valley:


Yakima – Aphasia Support Group
Twice per month, 1st and 3rd Friday from noon to 1:00 PM, though there are special events and changes in schedule around the holiday
Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy
1040 S. 40th Ave, Suite 23, Yakima WA
Contact: Bethany Davis, MA, CCC-SLP,
Phone: 509-833-1983
Email: brainstormrehab@hotmail.com
Info: CentralWAnice.com

Yakima – Brainstorm Rehab Support Group
Meets once a month on the first Friday of the month from 1:30-3:00 PM
Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy
1040 S. 40th Ave, Suite 23, Yakima WA
Contact: Bethany Davis, MA, CCC-SLP,
Phone: 509-833-1983
Email: brainstormrehab@hotmail.com
Info: CentralWAnice.com

Support Groups with a * are affiliated with the BIAWA

Cowlitz County:

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


Gig Harbor:

*Brain Injury Networking Group
3rd Thursday of each month 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Gig Harbor United Methodist Church - Fellowship Room
7400 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Contact: Noelle Pingree and Jenna Southerland
Email: noellep@harborspeech.com and jsoutherland@harborspeech.com
Phone:253-851-0007
Website: https://harborspeech.com/tbi-support-group.html

Grays Harbor:

Grays Harbor Brain Injury Support Group
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month - 12:15 to 1:30 PM
ARC of GRAYS HARBOR - 523 W 1st St Ste 1, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Contact: Barb George
Phone: 360.281.5332
Email: barbmgeorge@gmail.com


Lewis County:

1st Tuesday, 5:00 pm – game night

2nd Tuesday, 5:00 pm – social group

3rd Tuesday, 5:00 pm – study group

4th Tuesday, 5:00 pm – social group

For meeting location, please contact:
Larry Carroll at 360-864-4341
Ann Grabhorn at 360-983-3166


Olympia:

Olympia Brain Injury Support Group
First Tuesday of every month - 6:00-8:00 pm
Providence St Peter Hospital
413 Lily Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506
Main Hospital building, 2nd Floor, Room 200 (Just past the cafeteria)
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Contact: Angela Poole
Phone: 408-891-9029
Email: angela.m.poole@gmail.com


Puyallup:

Puyallup Brain Injury Support Group
1st and 3rd Thursdays from 6-7:30 pm
Good Samaritan Hospital - Baker Room
401 15th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98372
Contact: Jeff Hartson 253-213-2833
Email: jffhrtsn53@gmail.com


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


Tacoma:

Cascade Park Active Day Adult Day Health - TBI Support Group
Meets every third Tuesday of each month - 6:00–7:30 pm
232 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA
Contact: Tim Renn
Phone: 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. Please see our calendar for more information on event dates, times, and locations.
Website: http://headstrongforlife.org/
Contact: Desiree Douglass at dld@headstrongforlife.org or 360-220-1422
Becky Prichard at serioussoccer@msn.com or 360-621-0109.

Tacoma Brain Injury Support Group
2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
TACID
6315 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA
Contact: Jeff Hartson
Phone: 253-213-2833
Email: 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


*Vancouver:

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

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