On June 15, 2010, BIAA and other TBI stakeholders met with Mary Wakefield, the Administrator of Health and Human Service's (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to discuss the future of the federal TBI program, one of the programs funded through the TBI Act. The federal TBI program provides grants to states to improve access to care for people with brain injury.
The meeting was very positive and both the TBI stakeholders and HRSA are committed to working together to bring the attention needed to the program in order to grow the program and receive more funding for the TBI population in each state. HRSA has committed to working with stakeholders going forward to craft a strategic plan for the program and solicit public comment from appropriate entities such as BIAA state affiliates and state lead agencies in order to ensure that elevation of the program is successful.
BIAA is encouraged by the partnership forged between TBI stakeholders and HRSA and will continue to pass on important information as efforts progress.