Social workers help patients and their families deal with the psychological, emotional and social issues related to injury, hospitalization, and discharge planning. They provide information about available hospital and community resources. They supply educational materials on issues such as Michigan No-Fault Auto Insurance Laws, traumatic brain injury and recovery, spinal cord injury and recovery, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), conservatorship and guardianship. They can assist with referrals to community agencies for assistance with medical coverage, substance abuse counseling, transportation, and disability assistance. Social workers can also provide counsel about a number of issues such as grief, abuse, assault, and psychological problems.
Social work provides information on a variety of subjects to patients and families. The following are some examples of information and forms we make available:
- Grief Packet (PDF). This information is given to families to assist them with issues they have to deal with when a patient dies.
- Questions arise frequently about how to apply for Guardianship and/or Conservatorship. We provide a copy of "Instructions for Petitioner" (material supplied by the Washtenaw County Probate Court and written by Bradley Geller) and a copy of the Petition for Appointment of Guardian (MS Word) or Petition for Appointment of Conservator (MS Word).
- Information on Lodging (PDF) and cost of lodging in the Ann Arbor area.
The following are frequently used sites:
The Michigan Family Independence Agency (FIA)
This site provides information on the services offered by FIA and a directory of local offices with addresses and phone numbers. It is updated regularly. http://www.michigan.gov/dhs
The Social Security Administration
This site provides information on programs and how to apply. They have pamphlets that can be printed out for use. http://www.ssa.gov/