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the brain injury community.

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Becoming a member of BIAV - Stay up to date on the latest developments on laws and funding.

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Learning about brain injury services - Get to know the systems of care and the gaps we have in Virginia.

 

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Raising awareness - Tell your personal story to lawmakers and the media.

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NEW!

Let the general assembly Budget Committee Members know you support the proposed budget amendments.

Here’s what it should say:

I am grateful both the House and Senate HHR Budget Committees included money to address serious workforce retention problems among community based brain injury programs. The House version included $1.4 million (339 #1h); the request was patroned by Del Bulova. The Senate version included $1 million (Item 339 #1s); that request was patroned by Sen Ruff.

 I urge you to include $1.4 million in the final budget. Operational costs have grown significantly since the onset of the pandemic. The number of persons seeking brain injury services has also grown, due in part to the opioid epidemic and COVID 19 pandemic.  Virginia’s brain injury programs are proven to be cost-effective stewards of state funds and this investment will change lives. Without it, very difficult choices will have to be made, and those choices will mean fewer services to fewer people.  

 Thank you for considering my request-

 

Email to:

Senate Budget Conferees

Janet D. Howell (D-District 32)

Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-District 3)

Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (R-District 24)

  1. Louise Lucas(D-District 18)

George L. Barker (D-District 39)

  1. Creigh Deeds(D-District 25)

Mamie E. Locke (D-District 2)

Richard L. Saslaw (D-District 35) (Advisor)

Stephen D. Newman (R-District 23)
(Advisor)

 

 

House Budget Conferees

Luke E. Torian (D-Prince William)

Mark D. Sickles (D-Arlington)

Betsy B. Carr (D-Richmond)

Roslyn C. Tyler (D-Sussex)

David L. Bulova (D- Fairfax)

Barry D. Knight (R-Virginia Beach)

Terry L. Austin (R - Alleghany)

Advocacy Webinar Series

View six quick webinars that walk you through how to be a confident advocate!

Don't forget: BIAV is here to help you with any advocacy questions you have. We can brief you on issues, provide you with talking points, help you find your elected officials, and so much more. Get in touch with us!

In case you missed it, view the recording:

Asking for What We Need

Anne McDonnell, BIAV’s Executive Director, discusses advocacy opportunities in the upcoming General Assembly Session and how you can help. She reviews information to make it easy for you to ask for support for funding requests to increase access to housing and community supports for people with brain injury.

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