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Traumatic Brain Injury

The Neurotrauma Outreach Program (NTOP) is a collaboration between Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s (ZSFG) Division of Neurosurgery, the Department of Psychiatry’s Neuropsychology service, and the Trauma Recovery Center. The goal of the program is to expand services for patients receiving care in the San Francisco Community Health Network who are recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and may be at greater risk for problems such as unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.  NTOP social workers at TRC work closely with an interdisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, nurse practitioners, neuropsychologists, rehabilitation specialists, and psychiatrists to improve care and follow-up services for TBI patients once they leave ZSFG.

Services include:

  • Patient and family education about the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral consequences of TBI
  • Case management assistance with practical needs, such as financial entitlements, job training, and housing
  • Mental health services to help individuals cope with the psychological and emotional sequelae of their injuries
  • Substance abuse counseling and referrals to substance abuse programs when needed
  • Linkage to follow-up medical and rehabilitation care at ZSFG and in the San Francisco Community Health Network
  • A monthly TBI support group for all persons and their families experiencing recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury (Click Here for more information and printable flyer)

Referrals are made primarily through ZSFG Neurosurgery Team in addition to providers at ZSFG and the Community Health Network.  For more information, call (415) 437-3000.

To access ZSFG Neurosurgery’s Brain and Spinal Injury Center, click here:
http://www.brainandspinalinjury.org/