This year, we are asking the Virginia General Assembly to invest more in the services that support those affected by brain injury. We are asking for:
- $1,125,000 to create a “Housing Specialist” position at each state-funded community based BI Program
- $570,000 to expand specialized community-based brain injury case management services
Housing Specialist Positions: Why?
66% of state funded brain injury programs have reported an increase in calls from individuals searching for housing help. A housing specialist at these community-based programs would:
- Make connections with local housing entities
- Represent the needs of the brain injury community
- Work with clients to get them the necessary housing
Case Management: Why?
In FY22, 21 case managers were able to meet the case management needs of 1,258 people with brain injury; that’s a case load of almost 50 individuals to one case manager. But there are more than 300,000 Virginians disabled from brain injury and most all of them could use a Case Manager, so we need more.
This year, we’re asking for funding for six new case managers to serve 300 Virginians in underserved areas.
Interested in Learning More?
Investing in People: Learn more about our other legislative priorities, including investments in brain injury providers.
Our Legislative Briefs give more information about what we need and why, explains why it matters, and how the General Assembly could make this happen. These briefs also include personal stories from consumers on how these services have or would benefit them! Coming Soon!
You Are An Advocate!
Everyone has a story to tell! If these services would assist you or your loved one, share your story! Our "Investing in Services" letter template is ready for you. Share with your legislator what bills they should support with a section for you to share your story!
Want to know more? Check out our 2022 Advocacy Webinar. BIAV Executive Director, Anne McDonnell, shares the importance of our legislative asks and how you can be an advocate
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