USBIA Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 1

USBIA Volume 1 Issue 1 2014-Oct


News from Connecticut was mistakenly left out of the news letter. Here is their state news:


Connecticut’s Department of Social Services submitted an application for a second ABI Waiver to CMS on March 31, 2014.  BIAC was heavily involved in providing comments and feedback on the waiver application, which is awaiting approval by CMS.  When implemented, the ABI Waiver II will significantly decrease the waiting list for those applying for services.

In September, BIAC’s “Road to Recovery after Brain Injury: Your GPS for Navigating CT’s Health Care System” was linked on the Connecticut Department of Social Services website providing an excellent resource for all Connecticut Residents.

On September 29th, Governor Dannel Malloy signed PA 14-66: An Act Concerning Youth Athletics and Concussions, into law. After becoming the third state in the nation to pass a concussion law in 2010, Connecticut soon found itself with one of the weakest laws in the country.  This new law mandates concussion education plans, parental information on concussions for all youth athletic activities, and will begin to track and report all instances of concussions in school settings.

On Friday, October 10th, Senator Chris Murphy held a press conference supporting The Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act (ConTACT).  BIAC’s Brain Injury Services Director, Carrie Kramer, spoke at the press conference.

BIAC’s 10th Annual Walk for Thought will be held on Sunday, October 26th.  Last year, over 500 people attended the event.