The Brain Injury Assocation of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) advocates for the support and prevention of the brain injury community. BIA-MA advocates for the MRC to increase budgets (for brain injury supports and services), safety laws (seat belts and helmets), and legislation affecting commercial insurance coverage (Cog-Rehab Bill). Our legislative efforts are enhanced by the hard work of individuals across the state.
There are currently two BIA-MA advocacy efforts:
Advocacy Day at the State House - February 3, 2016
On February 3, 2016, BIA-MA will be hosting an Advocacy Day at the State House. The Advocacy Day will be a great chance to meet with your state legislators during the heat of the budget season.
Early 2016, BIA-MA will be conducting three Advocacy workshops to help train individuals on the nuts and bolts of advocacy. The workshops will be at the BIA-MA offices in Westborough, Pittsfield, and East Wareham. You will learn all kinds of advocacy skills by attending!
Advocacy In the News
|Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Education Event (April 9, 2015)
Senator Harriette L. Chandler & Representative Kimberly Ferguson are pleased to sponsor the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Education Event to be held Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 2pm to 3pm at the Massachusetts State House, Room 428. Read more.
|Nikki Osborne appointed Commissioner of MRC (March 27, 2015) |
Adelaide “Nicky” Osborne, Director of Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), has been tapped by Governor Charlie Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders to lead that agency. She will immediately begin her new role as Commissioner. Read More.
|Faces of Brain Injury Exhibit (March 2015)
Survivors of Brain Injury Featured in “Faces of Brain Injury” Exhibit At the Massachusetts State House, Doric Hall, March 2-6. During March, Brain Injury Awareness Month, ten survivors will share their personal stories as part of the “Faces of Brain Injury” exhibit at the Massachusetts State House. Read more.
BIA-MA instrumental in extra $1 million in MRC FY'16 budget!
As of March 2015 there were 3,022 individuals who had suffered a TBI and were eligible for services through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC). The total amount of funding required to meet the needs of these individuals is $35 million. BIA-MA is advocating for an FY’16 Ask of $22.8 million (an additional $7.2 million over the FY’15 budget). Increasing funding on a proportional basis over the next three years will allow for full implementation of the service recommendations stated in the Brain Injury Commission Report.
2014 Epidemiology Report Identifies Gaps in Supports and Services
Gaps in services for survivors of brain injury in Massachusetts were identified in a report released by a statewide Brain Injury Commission. Under the bipartisan leadership of Senator Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester) and Representation Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden). Members of the commission included representatives from healthcare, state government, and the private sector.
The final report was written in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA). Observed gaps in services include: case management services, day programs, social/recreation services, post-acute rehabilitation services, MassHealth PCA services, technical assistance, transportation, and other services needs.
BIA-MA's Legislative Successes:
- Instrumental in obtaining an extra $1 million for MRC line item 4120-6000 in FY'16 Ask
- Hutchinson v. Patrick Class Action Settlement
- Supported passage of Shaken Baby Syndrome Law
- Instrumental in passage of secondary Seat Belt Law
- Established HITS, financed by surcharges on drunk driving and speeding
- Instrumental in the establishment of the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP), which funds community-based and other support servies for persons with traumatic brain injury
For more information about Advocacy at BIA-MA, contact Kelly Buttiglieri at 508-475-0032 or firstname.lastname@example.org