frequently asked questions

What is KBIC, the David Krempels Brain Injury Center?

KBIC is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people living with brain injury. In partnership with universities and community volunteers, we offer in-person and online programs that engage our members in meaningful and productive experiences and provide ongoing support and resources to survivors and their families.

Who is eligible to attend?

KBIC provides services to adults (over 18) living with acquired brain injury (traumatic brain injury, stroke, anoxia, hypoxia, brain tumor, infections of the brain, post-concussion syndrome, etc.) who can benefit from our programming and acclimate to our program model. Please contact our Member Services Coordinator, Christa Bellmare, at 603-570-2026 ext. 220 or to determine eligibility.

What types of groups/acitivities do you offer?

We offer a wide variety of groups. Please check out our current schedule here.

How do I participate?

There are two ways to participate in our programming:

  1. In person at the Community Campus in Portsmouth, NH on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
  2. Online from your own home using Zoom on Thursdays

What is online programming?

KBIC now offers therapeutic programming using Zoom, a video conferencing platform. Members choose groups similar to those offered in person and participate over video conference with other members from the comfort of their own home.

What technology do I need to participate in online programming?

Most of our members use a laptop, desktop, tablet or other smart device with audio, microphone, and video camera capabilities. Jay can talk you through any questions you have related to technology.

Do I need to be from New Hampshire to attend?

With our online program you can participate from anywhere with an internet connection! We have members join us from California, Florida, and other locations across the country.

Members from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine attend our in-person program in Portsmouth, NH. Even if you live close to our campus, you can still choose to attend our online program. We do not offer transportation services.

What is my first step?

Please contact our Member Services Coordinator, Christa Bellmare at 603-570-2026 ext. 220 or Jay will answer any questions you have about the program and walk you through the process to help you decide if you want to become a member.

Do I need a referral?

No, a referral is not required to attend KBIC.

Is there an attendance requirement? How often do people come?

Members can come as often as they would like. Some members attend groups all three days a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), while others come less frequently. Our program model is all about member choice!

How much does KBIC cost? Do you accept insurance?

We have a daily fee of $100/day. We cannot accept insurance. However, we understand the financial impact brain injury can have on the individual and their family. Therefore, we offer scholarships to eligible members. More than 80% of our members receive scholarships to attend. More than 50% of our members attend on a full scholarship and about 30% pay a reduced fee based on income.

Do I need to be on a waiver or Medicaid to attend KBIC?

No, you do not need to be on a waiver to attend KBIC. If you decide to become a member and are on a NH waiver (ABD, DD, CFI), we will contact your area agency to request funding through your waiver. We work with your case manager/ service provider to complete this process.


membership process  /  eligibility  /  weekly group schedule  /  monthly calendar  /  resource