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Key Issues

In September 2016, NASHIA membership voted on public policy priorities for the 115th Congress. These priorities will be further explained in its Public Policy Platform. NASHIA advocates for funding, legislation and policies affecting an array of issues with regard to education, employment, health care, housing, community services and supports and other issues that affect individuals with TBI of all ages across their lifespan. In addition, NASHIA participates supports injury prevention, research, disability, health care, and safety net programs.

1. Enhance and expand state capacity to provide services and supports:

a. Increased funding for the Administration for Community Living (ACL) TBI Federal TBI Grant Program

- NASHIA Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-ED, March 9, 2017

- NASHIA and BIAA Recommendations for FY 2018 Funding

- Congressional Brain Injury Task Force sign on letter in support of ACL TBI programs, March 2017

b. Maintain and expand ACL initiatives to include TBI (e.g. Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Lifespan Respite Care, Assistive Technology)

c. Initiatives addressing brain injury and co-occurring conditions

d. Education, including students with concussions and youth within juvenile justice systems.

- NASHIA Recommendations for TBI and Criminal Justice, Dec. 2016

- Improving Educational Outcomes for Children and Youth with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Recommendations transmitted to the U.S. Dept. of Education, submitted by National Association of State Head Injury Administrators in partnership with the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury, June 2016.

e. Other

2. Expand public and professional awareness about TBI and service delivery:

a. Expand National TBI surveillance

b. Improve reporting by public education systems (child find or child count)

c. Identification of TBI in other disability and health care systems

d. TBI Awareness Month and Awareness Day activities

- Action Alert: Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Awareness Day, March 22, 2017

e. Other

3. Maintain and expand access to health care, rehabilitation, and community-based long-term services and supports and community integration for individuals with brain injury

- Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR) sign on support letter for the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2017, March 6, 2017

- Sign on letter to House and Senate Leadership opposing Medicaid block grants and cutting Medicaid, March 3, 2017

- Congressional Brain Injury Task Force sign on letter in support of VA and DoD TBI Programs, March 2017

- CCD sign on letter in support of the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2017, to no longer treat student loan discharges on the basis of total and permanent disability as income for tax purposes, Feb. 15, 2017

- CCD sign on letter to House leaders opposing overturning a rule promulgated to reduce employment discrimination against people with disabilities and veterans, including those with service-connected disabilities, Feb. 1, 2017

- CCD sign on letter to Senate leaders opposing overturning a rule promulgated to reduce employment discrimination against people with disabilities and veterans, including those with service-connected disabilities, Feb. 1, 2017

- Medicare Rights, Justice in Aging, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy sign on letter to House and Senate Leadership regarding the effect of the ACA repeal on older adults, people with disabilities, and their families, Jan. 13, 2017

4. Expand research to promote best practices with regard to TBI treatment, care, rehabilitation and vocational rehabilitation

- Congressional Brain Injury Task Force sign on letter in support of NIDILRR TBI model systems, March 2017

5. Expand primary and secondary prevention related initiatives to reduce the number of TBI-related injuries and to minimize affects

6. Maintain safety net programs for individuals with brain injury

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