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The Neurotrauma Outreach Program seeks to address challenges and support wellness for survivors of recent traumatic brain injury.

Our Mission

The mission of the NTOP program is to expand services and provide early intervention for Zuckerberg San Francisco General patients recovering from a recent Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

What We Do

The Neurotrauma Outreach Program (NTOP) offers comprehensive psychosocial evaluation, treatment, support and follow-up care for individuals who have had a concussion or a more severe traumatic brain injury. We are a collaboration between Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s (ZSFG) Division of Neurosurgery, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Neuropsychology service, and the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center (TRC).  In addition to providing specialized, trauma-focused services to survivors of TBI, we provide training and consultation to providers working with survivors of TBI.

How We Help

TBI patients may be at greater risk for problems such as unemployment, homelessness, substance use, depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health issues after discharge from ZSFG.  NTOP providers work closely with an interdisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, nurses, neuropsychologists, rehabilitation specialists, and psychiatrists to improve care and follow-up services for TBI patients.

Education

Patient and family education about the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral consequences of TBI.

Training and consultation for providers.

Clinical Case Management

Case management assistance with practical needs such as: linkage to primary care and specialty services,  financial entitlements, job training, legal consultation, education resources, and housing.

Psychotherapy

Mental health services in English, Spanish, and other languages to help individuals cope with the psychological and emotional sequelae of their injuries. Also, substance abuse counseling and referrals to substance abuse programs when needed.

Psychiatry

Services include:

    • Medical consultation on neuropsychiatric symptoms
    • Medication oversight
    • Coordination with other medical providers

Linkage Support

Linkage to follow-up medical and rehabilitation care at ZSFG and in the San Francisco Health Network.

Wellness Support

Love Your Brain: a 6-week series of yoga, mediation, and discussions for survivors of TBI and their families / caregivers. Also offered in Spanish.

TBI Support Group: Free Support and Education for People Affected by Traumatic Brain Injury. Friends and family are welcome.

The 1st Thursday of the month at ZSFGH in the library (3:30p to 4:45p), Building 30, 1st floor in the Library.

Click here for the TBI Support Group flyer.