Utah’s TBI Fund: From Capitol Hill to Actualization

Utah’s TBI Fund: From Capitol Hill to Actualization

Some of the most advantageous resources available for TBI survivors in Utah are made possible through the legislative TBI Fund.

A person with a TBI can come to BIAU for free resource facilitation and be directed to receive needed services such as a neuro-psychological assessment. The Fund also educates professionals and the public and makes support more accessible for TBI survivors and their families.

Utah’s Department of Health published a Legislative Report that declared, “For every $1 spent of the TBI Fund, clients were able to obtain $1.42 in much-needed services that would not have been received otherwise.”

This means thousands of those in need are receiving the help that they need, thanks to the fund and other generous providers. Advocates of brain injury are eager to reach more people with the great news of the opportunities available through the TBI Fund. In 2016, The TBI Fund spent a total of $200,000 with an extra $56,649 in matches from other sources.

 

2016 TBI Fund Accomplishments:
• 232 clients received intake assessments with 130 qualifying for TBI resource facilitation services.
• 130 clients with a TBI received one-to-one resource facilitation services.
• 40 clients received a neuro-psychological assessment to clarify the needed services that would be most beneficial.
• 121 of the 130 participants who received resource facilitation services were in need of and have been connected to ongoing services.

 

Access requirements to the TBI Fund include:

• Be a resident of Utah
• Be diagnosed with a TBI
• Have exhausted other financial resources
• Not be aiming to use the funds for treatment or rehab care during recovery

The legislative report also mentioned some concerns that providers noted in their treatments.

 

Needs and Concerns Documented by Contractors
• There are limited resources for TBI survivors living outside of the Wasatch Front.
• Intact and supportive families help services to work best but not all clients have this support.
• Publicizing of the resources available and funding to cover outreach costs are needed.
• TBI survivors are overwhelmed with needs and underserved with resources.
• Insurance and Medicaid barriers include limited benefits and high co-pays. TBI survivors also experience challenges from being uninsured, with services that are unaffordable, and providers who are not willing to serve individuals with a TBI due to low reimbursement levels from Medicaid.
• Isolation and lack of support for TBI survivors, combined with impulsivity, increases the risk of suicide.
• There is a reluctance to ask for help among TBI survivors due to fear of being told, “no,” again.
• Funding is needed to increase awareness of the TBI Fund across the state.
• There is little or no awareness about TBI and the Fund among people experiencing domestic violence.
• There continues to be a great need for similar services for acquired brain injury.
BIAU is dedicated to addressing these issues and making brain injury recovery more effective and available for the 52,000 Utahns that are impacted by the effects of traumatic brain injury.
Access the full report here: http://utahbraininjurycouncil.net/