Senator Susan Collins Tours Goodwill’s NeuroRehabilitation Services

Senator Susan Collins Tours Goodwill’s NeuroRehabilitation Services

Senator Applauds Treatment Program for Individuals with Brain Injuries

Portland – Senator Susan Collins visited Goodwill’s NeuroRehabilitation Services in Portland today.  The rehabilitation center specializes in the treatment of individuals who have experienced a brain injury.  The program offers wrap around services, including physical and occupational therapy, case management, therapeutic recreation, speech language pathology, and other services that help individuals get back on track and regain their independence.

The Senator witnessed first-hand the therapies that help individuals regain the skills they need to rejoin the workforce, be active in their communities, and return to their families.  In addition to touring the physical therapy and speech language pathology services, the Senator was also able to learn about a newer therapy called interactive metronome, which is an interactive computer system that helps people regain memory loss and improve attention span.  

The Senator also had the opportunity to meet several clients who were receiving services.  “Brain injury is the leading cause of disability and death among young people in the United States.  Each year, brain injury affects 5,000 Mainers and their families.  I was delighted to visit the Portland center to learn more, and I applaud Goodwill NeuroRehabilitation Services for its exemplary work helping in the recovery process for those who have suffered a brain injury or other neurological disability,” said Senator Collins.

“We are honored that Senator Collins visited Goodwill’s NeuroRehabilitation Services,” noted Michael Coughlin, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.  “We were able to show her the great work our staff does every day to help people with brain injuries.  We greatly appreciate all the work the Senator has done to help Maine people.”

For more than twenty years, Goodwill has offered neurorehabilitation services in Portland and Lewiston, as well as Residential Services in southern and central Maine.  Last year, Goodwill served 442 individuals with an acquired brain injury.  Goodwill’s NeuroRehabilitation Services are CARF Accredited (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and noted as an international model for quality.  To learn more about the program, please visit www.goodwillnne.org.

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Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 77-year history of providing innovative services that help individuals with disabilities or other barriers achieve social and economic independence.  Goodwill’s Workforce Solutions helps people find good jobs and supports individuals through our intellectual disability services, deaf services and brain injury programs.  Last year, we served over 7,000 individuals with education, job training, and support services as they work to achieve their independence.  Our programs are funded by revenue from our 27 retail stores, grants, and financial gifts.  Please visit www.goodwillnne.org for more information.