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State-of-the-States 2017


28th Annual State of the States in Head Injury Meeting
“Sharing the Lessons; Advancing the Learning”
Sponsored by the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
Tempe Mission Palms 60 East Fifth Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
September 11 – 14, 2017

Tempe Arizona

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Overview: NASHIA’s State of the States in Head Injury Meeting, first held in 1990, has the distinction of being the only annual national conference designed to foster communication and professional development among State government brain injury program administrators. Each year, approximately 150 key State and federal government employees, consumers, Brain Injury Association of America chartered State affiliates, U.S. Brain Injury Alliance’ affiliates, and other professionals responsible for administering an array of brain injury prevention, rehabilitation, community integration programs and services, assemble for this conference. The State of the States program offers plenary and workshop sessions on a variety of topics covering emerging federal and State issues and promising practices on service delivery, as well as opportunities for information sharing among participants. For further information you may contact Ann Tarpy (AZ), Chair of the SOS Planning Committee.

Conference: NASHIA will hold the 28th State of the States (SOS) Annual Meeting September 11 – 14th, 2017 in Tempe, Arizona. The theme of the year conference is ““Sharing the Lessons; Advancing the Learning” and will feature a variety of topics presented by national, federal, state and other professionals who are experts and leaders in brain injury service delivery. The conference will feature plenary and workshop sessions and will include opportunities for networking among peers. The NASHIA Annual Membership Meeting will also be held in conjunction with the conference.

Who Should Attend? The meeting is open to all who are involved and are interested in the field of brain injury as it relates to rehabilitation, education and community services and supports for individuals with brain injury of all ages – children, youth and adults. This includes public and private program administrators and providers; clinicians; advocates; individuals with brain injury; families; professionals; and anyone interested in overall service delivery for individuals with brain injury, including service planning; prevention; rehabilitation, community and support services.

Exhibitors/Sponsors: There are several opportunities for organizations and agencies to sponsor a conference function, as well as to exhibit information during the conference. Sponsors may place an ad in the conference program, sponsor a meal or break and/or insert an item in an attendee packet. Sponsorship includes a variety of perks including, complimentary meeting registration; event signage; and verbal recognition at the event. Agencies and organizations are invited to display their products and services. Exhibitors will receive a complimentary meeting registration and information about the organization in the final printed program. For further information contact Ann Tarpy (AZ), Chair of the SOS Planning Committee.

Conference Registration: Rates have been established for NASHIA members, non-members and students for both the pre-conference and the full conference. A special rate has also been designated for those wishing to attend only one day of the conference meeting (does not to apply to the pre-conference workshop). Registration will include handouts, some meals and breaks. Individuals who wish to attend both the pre-conference and the full conference proceedings will need to register and pay for both the pre-conference and full conference registration fee. All registrations should be made by August 11, 2017, or a late fee of $50 will be assessed. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after September 1, 2017.

Conference Registration Fees:

Conference Fees


Registration is now open for pre-conference, conference, sponsors and exhibitors.

Click on the link below to register and pay on-line. If you need an invoice or other means for registering, either indicate on the registration form and/or contact Donna Huckestein at

Sponsors register here!

Participants for the pre-conference and/or conference register here.

Hotel Accommodations: The conference will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms, where Midwestern charm meets the warmth of the Southwest, and is the only full-service hotel in the heart of Tempe, Arizona, with convenient access to Scottsdale and Phoenix. The serenity of the surrounding desert landscape and its rose-colored vistas are reflected in the hotel’s décor and mimicked in its relaxing ambiance. The hotel’s friendly staff provides unparalleled service, and is eager to create an unforgettable hospitality experience. The hotel is within walking distance to downtown Tempe's Mill Avenue district & over 100 restaurants, bars, and shops.

Hotel Reservations: A room block is available for the conference. The conference rate is $181.31, which includes the room rate, the hospitality fee and sales tax. The group code for the room block is 2UA1PC. You may make your reservation by clicking on this link: NASHIA Hotel Registration. The cutoff date for group room rate reservation is August 10, 2017.

Shuttle to Hotel from Airport: Once you have arrived at Sky Harbor International Airport, please follow the directions below to obtain a complimentary shuttle to the hotel. Shuttle service is available between 5:30am and 10:30pm.


1) Pick up your luggage at the baggage claim first.

2) Call Tempe Mission Palms Operator at 480-894-1400 using your personal cell phone or airport pay phone.

3) Tell the operator what terminal you are located in.

4) Follow the directions from the operator.

5) Tempe Mission Palms vans are white and have the hotel logo on them.

6) Shuttle should arrive within a few minutes. Time to hotel is about 10 minutes.




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