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TBI Symptom Screener for Corrections

Overview of the TBI-SSC

The TBI Symptom Screener for Corrections (TBI-SSC) is an Item Response Theory (IRT) based instrument intended for screening for TBI-related symptomatology in a correctional setting. The TBI-SSC is a publicly available, psychometrically sound item bank for measuring the effects of TBI on incarcerated individuals.

Funding Source and Disclaimer

The development of the TBI Symptom Screener for Corrections (TBI-SSC) was funded under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0079). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The screener does not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.


The TBI-SCC was developed through a collaboration between the Washington Department of Corrections and the University of Washington. TBI Task Force members guiding the development process include Tim Richel, Karie Rainer, Risa Klemme, Amber Owens, and Kurt Johnson.

Terms of Use

The TBI-SSC is a customized screener created from items developed and tested in the following federally funded projects:  Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS), Quality of Life in Neurological Disorders (Neuro-QoL), and TBI Quality-of-Life (TBI-QOL). The screener also includes two items from the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS).  Users of the TBI-SCC should follow all PROMIS, Neuro-QoL, TBI-QOL, and C-SSRS terms of use.

The TBI-SSC is free for non-commercial use. Examples of non-commercial use include administration of surveys in correctional settings to screen incarcerated individuals for administrative purposes, or as part of a research study. Users may not use the TBI-SCC in commercial applications, modify the wording or layout of items, distribute to others in other forms, or translate items into any other language without permission.

Any presentation or publication of results using the TBI-SSC should cite the user guide and screening tool as follows:

TBI Symptom Screener for Corrections (TBI-SCC) Draft Version Users Guide. 2020. Accessed on [date].

Questions about the TBI-SCC

If you have questions about the TBI-SCC, please contact the TBI in Corrections project.

TBI in Corrections
University of Washington
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Box 357920
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone : 206-685-4181