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Kristin Olliney and Isabella

"She’s come really far … but she has a long journey ahead of her, but we’ll take that together, too."

In 2010, Kristin Olliney and her daughter Isabella's lives were changed forever when Isabella came down with sudden acute encephalitis, which caused brain damage. Despite the number of challenges they face every day, Isabella and her mother face them head on and work on her rehabilitation every day.

Click here to read Kristin's & Isabella's and other stories.

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Current Issues

1. In February of 2015, the new Massachusetts Governor will submit a proposed budget to the House Ways and Means Committee. At that time, we will request action on:

Line Item: (4120-6000) Head Injury Treatment Services

Action:  An inrease of funds for Head Injury Treatment Services.

  • Head Injury Treatment Services have been level funded.

  • Services such as day programs and transportation remain limited or unavailable to individuals state-wide.

  • Representative Tom Conroy will be amending the current state budget to increase line item 4120-6000 from the House’s proposed amount of $15.6 million to $17 million.

  • By supporting this line item, there will be an increase in spending for TBI services. 

  • Increasing the budget would positively benefit brain injury survivors, family members and caregivers alike.

  • For more information go to the Brain Injury Affects Page.

For more information on how to become a Legislative Advocate, go to the Become an Advocate Page.

 

2. Primary Seat Belt Law

BIA-MA is currently working with legislators and other groups to pass a primary seat belt law in Massachusetts. Known as "Natalie's Bill," the legislation is named after Natalie De Leon who was killed on July 2, 2006, when she was ejected from a car. Natalie was not wearing a seat belt.

Currently, Massachusetts only has a secondary seat belt law which means law enforcement officers can only cite a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt if they are pulled over for another violation. With the passage of this proposed legislation, law enforcement will be authorized to pull over a vehicle exclusively for not buckling up.

For more information about BIA-MA's Advocacy efforts, contact us at 508-475-0032 or advocacy@biama.org