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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 and BIAA Recommendations for FY 2018 Funding

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

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

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

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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