Senate Approves Traumatic Brain Injury Act

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The U.S. Senate has reauthorized the Traumatic Brain Injury Act which will expand research as well as provide assistance to individuals living with the effects of brain injury. In 2000 the first TBI Act was passed as part of the Children's Health Act. The reauthorized bill will bring about collaboration between the Center for Disease Control, National Institute of Health, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs . The bill will also establish a Government Accountability Office study to focus on the reintegration of injured veterans into their communities. The bill will now move into the House of Representatives for consideration.

The bill is vital to research and the funding services for people with brain injuries. The recognition of military service related brain injury is of great importance  and will serve to solidify the efforts of the Brain Injury Summit meeting in Washington which was reported on in this blog by Michael Mason following his participation in that meeting in early November. We, in the brain injury community, wait with anticipation for the approval of the act as it represents a significant  recognition by the government of traumatic brain injury and extends assistance to those who experience lifelong disability as a result of TBI.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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