DSS: About TBI Advisory Committee

About TBI Advisory Committee

To promote the creation, collaboration and coordination of person-driven, accessible supports, programs and services for persons with traumatic brain injury, their families and significant others.
In 1996 Congress authorized by Federal Law (PL 104-166) to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the conduct of expanded studies and establishment of innovative programs with respect to traumatic brain injury (Congressional Record, Vol. 142 (1996).  Subsequently, the Health Resource Service Administration / Maternal Child Health Bureau offered grant funding to assist states in developing programs and services for persons with TBI.  In April 2004, the Connecticut Department of Social Services was awarded a TBI Planning Grant to begin the work of developing an integrated and coordinated system of care for people with TBI.  One of the objectives of this grant was to establish a TBI Advisory Board to be comprised of members from public and private agencies with a statewide mandate and purview.

After several meetings, a core group of fourteen (14) individuals, representing state agencies, persons with TBI, family members of persons with TBI, service providers, underserved populations, and the Brain Injury Association of CT (BIAC) came together to form a stable group of Advisory Committee members.  This group became responsible to oversee the data collection and analysis of current TBI services in Connecticut and to identify gaps in the existing system.  This group also reviewed and guided the production of the Statewide Action Plan for TBI to address the gaps in the system of services. Please follow this link to see the action plan  - Connecticut Statewide TBI Action Plan.  (428KB)

Priority 1: Excellent services will be provided to persons with TBI in Connecticut
Priority 2: Disparity in Brain Injury Services will be eliminated
Priority 3: Coordination and Integration of services must take place among State Agencies
Priority 4: Multi-cultural Public Awareness, Education, Prevention, and Outreach will be made available
Priority 5: Affordable, accessible housing will be made available to persons with TBI
Priority 6: Services will be made available to non-waiver eligible persons with TBI

The TBI Coordination Committee has been instrumental in facilitating the development of the following collaborative agreements between state agencies:
1. DSS ABI Waiver Program and DMHAS ABI Community Services Program: In order to better serve clients who access both the DSS ABI Waiver and the DMHAS ABI Services and to facilitate communication within the client community teams.
2. DCF and DMHAS Young Adult Services (YAS) and ABI Community Services Program: In order to facilitate a smoother transition between DCF services and DMHAS services and to outline roles for DCF, YAS, and the ABI Community Services.
3. DOC and DMHAS work collaboratively through an established interagency committee to better serve persons with TBI in DOC requiring specialized supports during their release from prison.
4. DDS and DMHAS work collaboratively through an established interagency committee to review appropriate services for persons with TBI served through both agencies.
5. BIAC offers training on TBI to any state or private agency for better awareness of the issues. 
The TBI Screening Tool Committee developed a TBI Screening Tool, training modules for agencies, and recommendations for “next steps” to serve any person who screens positive for TBI.

The Minimum Standards Committee developed a Certificate Program for TBI Providers in conjunction with Tunxis College.  This program is scheduled to start in the fall of 2009.

The Cultural Competence Committee sponsored numerous education and outreach activities to promote the awareness and prevention of TBI.  These activities include the production of a banner, which has been hung at various locations around the state, a presentation of TBI outreach materials at the Legislative Office Building, and strategically placed billboards with a TBI prevention message for the general public. 

In the spring of 2009, the Connecticut TBI Advisory Committee changed its name to the Connecticut TBI Advisory Board, revised its Mission Statement and By-Laws, and made a recommitment to the original Statewide Action Plan Priorities.  As time progresses the CT TBI Advisory Board will continue to make a difference in the lives of persons with TBI. 
The significance of the impact of TBI on individuals, their families and communities cannot be overstated.  According to the National Center for Disease Control, 2% of the population in the United States is living with the consequences of long-term disability from TBI.  This was translated for Connecticut through a report from the Department of Public Health.  DPH compiled data through the Injury Prevention Program: Traumatic Brain Injury Surveillance in Connecticut 2000 – 2004. 
Next Meeting:  July 20, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This document includes:
  • Purview and Expectation of Committee Members
  • Mission Statement
  • Composition
  • Office and Staff
  • Job Description
  • By-Laws
Allen, Gary                                                
Bannish, Dan
Department of Corrections
Chelednik, Heidi
ABI Waiver Provider,A.B.D.
Cochran, Sage
Culbertson, Jim
ABI Waiver Provider, ECHO
Gelman-Wegener, Liane
Family Member
Gibbons, Lile-Rep-(R)
Graziani, Ted Rep-(D)
Harvey, Sarah
State Department of Education
Kramer, Carrie
Brain Injury Association of Connecticut
Long, Dorian
Department of Social Services
Lourie, Sara
Department of Children and Families
Lyons, Charlie
Family Member
Merwin, Mari
Asian Family Services
O'Neil-Wild, Geralyn
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Palmer, Amy
Associated Neurologists of Danbury
Peters, Julie
Brain Injury Association of Connecticut
Sanford, John
Family Member
Sears, Craig
Simmers, Billye
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Storch, Marian
Department of Health
Werboff, Susan
Department of Protection and Advocacy
Zoubek, Betty
Department of Developmental Services

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