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Arlene Korab, Executive Director
Support Prevention Education Advocacy
The Purpose of BIA-MA
The BIA-MA provides support services to survivors and their families, offers programs to prevent brain injuries, educates the public on the risks and impact of brain injury and advocates for legislation and improved community services
The association was incorporated in 1982 as a 501(c)3, non-profit organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusettsand is a chartered affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America.
In addition to the main office in Westborough, BIA-MA has two regional offices, one in East Wareham that serves southeastern Massachusetts, and one in Pittsfield that serves Western Massachusetts.
BIA-MA serves individuals with brain injury, family members, caregivers, friends, professionals and members of the general public.
Brain Injury is recognized as a major public health crisis in the United States
According to the CDC:The incidence of traumatic brain injuries occurring each year is eight time that of breast cancer and 20 times that of HIV/AIDS
5.3 Million Americans are living with a disability caused by brain injury
Lifetime costs associated with traumatic brain injury are conservatively estimated at $60 billion
What Does BIA-MA DoBIA-MA Provides:
Support to brain injury survivors and their families, including information, guidance and resources
Sponsors more than 30 support groups
Conducts conferences and workshops
Offers Programs to Prevent brain injury
Last year BIA-MA provided information to over 4,000 individuals
CollaborationBIA-MA collaborates with state agencies including but not limited to:
Executive Office of Health and Human ServicesMassachusetts Rehabilitation CommissionMassachusetts Department of Public HealthRegistry of Motor VehiclesVeterans AdministrationMassachusetts Department of Public Safety
In 1986 BIA-MA advocated for the development of the State Wide Head Injury Program (SHIP), a state program that funds community based services for people with traumatic brain injury.
The HEAD INJURY TRUST FUND
In 2006 BIA-MA initiated the Hutchinson V. Patrick class action suit to move individuals with brain injury out of nursing facilities and into the community.
It is anticipated that over the next three years three hundred individuals with brain injury will be transitioning into the community
Other successful legislative efforts include laws regarding helmets, seatbelts, shaken baby syndrome and sports concussion
Needed ServicesExpansion of Transportation The Ride
BostonAllston, Back Bay, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, Downtown Boston
NorthBeverly, Boston, Chelsea, Danvers, Everett, Lynn, Lynnfield
NorthwestArlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boston, Brookline,Burlington, Cambridge
SouthwestBoston, Canton, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Medfield, Natick
SouthBoston, Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton
Additional Needed Services Day programs for young adults Services for survivors with severe behavioral issuesIndependent Case Management services should be provided by insurersLength of time for response for funding/services needs to be shortenedNeed for brain injury professionals such as neuropsychologistsEducation for Primary Care PhysiciansLonger coverage for inpatient and outpatient careFamily counseling Housing
Additional Needed ServicesCognitive rehabilitation therapyVocational trainingJob coaching
After almost 30 years of developing programs and services for survivors there is still much work to be done.
State delivery systems tend to be based on diagnosis (developmentaldisabilities, mental illness, special health care needs) or on financialneed, such as Medicaid . These services are not always appropriate forpeople with brain injuries. Each person who sustains a brain injury has different needs.
In summary, people with brain injuries need what everyone else needs; a place to live, food on the table, a job, and friends. With timely and appropriate treatment, many people can regain the ability to live independently, find meaningful work, and develop new friendships.
Office Locations30 Lyman St., Suite 10Westborough, MA. 01581(508) 475-00323119 Cranberry Hwy., Suite 5FE. Wareham, MA. 02538(508) 743-0333180 Elm Street, Suite CPittsfield, MA. 01201(413) 443-0200