First brain injury program in Missouri

May 1, 1986

The first brain injury program is created by family members and concerned professionals from the St. Louis Chapter of the National Head Injury Foundation (which is known today as the Brain Injury Association of America), out of the need for specialized services for people recovering from a brain injury. At the time, most people with a brain injury lived in a nursing home or other institution, or would spend their days at home, alone, with nothing to do. The Center launched the first cognitive enrichment program (known today as the Adult Day Program) which was the first of its kind in Missouri and the Midwest.

The Academy opens

April 17, 1990

The program is incorporated as the Academy for Head Injured Adults, independent from the National Head Injury Foundation. As services expanded, the organization became known as the Center for Head Injury Services (the Center).

The Center moves to Lackland Road

March 1, 1995

Center earns 1st CARF accreditation

August 21, 1999

The Center adds second location on Lilburn Park Road

April 1, 2000

1st Annual “Gray Matters” Golf Tournament

August 6, 2004

The Center moves all programs to Westline Industrial Drive

July 11, 2005

1st Annual “Gray Matters” Trivia Night

April 22, 2006

The Center adds the MAAP program

September 13, 2010

Actor Gary Busey joins the Celebrity Apprentice

March 6, 2011

Gary Busey wins $40,000 for the Center

March 20, 2011

The Center launches Destination Desserts

September 1, 2012

The Center adds Community Supports program

March 1, 2013

Destination Desserts launches food truck

May 20, 2013

The Center launches Wags in a Bag

July 1, 2013

The Center adds Talent Connect program

October 1, 2014

Talent Connect is a collaborative project founded by the Center and UCP Heartland, with funding from a private family foundation. Talent Connect is a training and employment project that helps companies in St. Louis build diverse workforces that are inclusive of people with disabilities.

Thirtieth anniversary year!

January 1, 2016

The Center Moves to New Headquarters on Lackland Road

April 27, 2017