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Every year, BIAV has conversations with people with brain injury, family members and caregivers, and others to gather information about their concerns, their service needs and what's important to them. This is how we develop our requests for the Virginia General Assembly. Listed below are the budget amendments and bills we are asking for:

 

 $6.3 Million for a system of care that includes:

  • 2,000,000 for in-state neurobehavioral care.
    • Del Mark Sickles: HB30; Item 313#6h
    • Sen David Marsden: SB30: Item 313#17s
  • $1,900,000 to provide specialized community based case management services.
    • Del Emily Brewer: HB30, Item 339#4h
    • Sen Monty Mason: SB30; Item 339#7s
  • $1,000,000 for supported living services.
    • Del Sam Rasoul: HB30; Item 339#3h
    • Sen Jennifer McClellan: SB30; Item 339#6s
  • $1,000,000 to address workforce retention issues.
    • Del David Bulova: HB30; Item 339#1h
    • Sen Frank Ruff: SB30; Item 339#2s
  • $400,000 to conduct brain injury screening and treatment for survivors of domestic violence.
    • Del Dawn Adams: HB30; Item 339#7h
    • Sen Ghazala Hashmi: SB30; Item 339#4s      
  • Inclusion of full-time employees of DARS’ state-funded Brain Injury Services program contractors in Item #474 U.1.d. of the FY2018-20 Appropriations Act.
    • Del Nick Rush HB30; Item 345#1h
    • Sen Creigh Deeds: HB30; Item 477#17s

 Bills We Are Supporting.

What is the difference?  These are requests to make changes to the current Virginia law.

PATRONS AND BILL NUMBERS:

  • Del Tony Wilt: HB1231
  • Sen John Edwards: SB494

This bill would require crisis intervention teams to receive specific training on brain injury.

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  • Sen Creigh Deeds SB289

This bill will permit a designation for brain injury on drivers licenses.

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During the session, there are many opportunities for you to get involved, like coming to 

BI AWARENESS DAY 

FEBRUARY 5th 

 

Check back soon for more information..

 

 

OTHER RESOURCES: 

We have put together some resources to help you better understand the issues and how you can become more involved!

Count Down to Brain Injury Awareness Day February 5th!

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