Big Tip: Your State Head Injury Administrator

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This week I travelled to Spokane, Washington, all over Idaho, and even Montana. While in Idaho, I had the pleasure of chatting with admissions coordinator Keith Bolen of State Hospital North in Orofino, ID, about Idaho’s lack of services for brain injury survivors.

It always strikes me as peculiar what a hidden bit of information each state has: the State Head Injury Administrator. Every state has a designated individual who is supposed to know more about state programs and brain injury services, and how to guide survivors to those services.

Fortunately, you can find your state head injury administrator (SHIA) online at nashia.org. Just click on programs, then on state, then on your area. You should find a listing that includes an email address and a phone number. If your SHIA has a mailing list, ask to get on it so that you can find out everything you need to know to become an advocate for other survivors in your state.

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