The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah continued its tradition of working closely with key Utah legislators during the 2016 legislative session. The BIAU is fortunate to receive public support through the TBI Fund, administered by the Utah Department of Health Violence & Injury Prevention Program, to support intake assessments, resource facilitation, school presentations, professional training and education, and advocacy for those Utah citizens with brain injury and their families. One of our key advocates has been Representative Paul Ray, who, through intent language via the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee, recommended additional one-time funding this year for the TBI Fund.
In addition to our ongoing work relative to the TBI Fund, initial legislative discussions were held earlier this month regarding the concept of a future Utah “Center of Excellence for Brain Injury.” Our concept at this time includes the establishment of an outstanding state-of-the-art resource for brain injury survivors and their families, featuring cutting-edge treatments and proven cost-saving measures. The BIAU will continue to work closely with partner organizations, including the Utah Brain Injury Council, in the development of this vision in the months ahead.
((Pictured: (Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Members of the Utah Senate stand for the national anthem to open the 2016 Utah Legislature Monday Jan. 25.))