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2018 Brain Injury Summit March 14, 2018

The 2017 Ohio Concussion Summit, "What you don't know can hurt you!" was a resounding success.

Thank you to our partner, The Ohio Health Rehabilitation Hospital, and to our sponsors, Mentis NeuroRehabilitation, Dell's Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

We had so much fun that we're going to do it again! Please mark your calendars for the 2018 Summit that will take place on March 14, 2018. Information will be posed on this website and will be sent to our members as developments occur. Yet another reason to become a member!

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Survivor Ice Cream Social

Our Inaugural Survivor Ice Cream Social was a success! We had a lot of fun networking and reconnecting with survivors who traveled from as far as Dayton to join us. The Millersport Community Theater provided entertainment, brought to us by Joanie Baughman who is a member of both the theater group and the BIAOH Board of Trustees.

Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. William P. Ramsey for their sponsorship of the Dogwood Shelter at Blendon Woods MetroPark and the Smith Family for providing refreshments. Special thanks to all of the survivors and support group members who attended this event.

What a good looking group!

Stephanie Ramsey, President of the BIAOH Board of Trustees, and Laura Holtsberry,
Leader of the Newark Support Group

Members of the Millersport Community Theater entertain the crowd.

News for Vets


VA Secretary Grants Relief for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) disability compensation examinations conducted between 2007 and 2015.

Equitable relief is a unique legal remedy that allows the Secretary to correct an injustice to a claimant, where VA is not otherwise authorized to do so within the scope of the law. 

Since 2007, medicine around TBI has been a rapidly evolving science. VA instituted a policy requiring one of four specialists – a psychiatrist, physiatrist, neurosurgeon, or neurologist – to complete initial TBI exams when VA does not already have a diagnosis.  VA selected these specialists because they have the most experience with the symptoms and effects of TBI.

As more research became available, VA issued a series of guidance documents that created confusion regarding the policy. The nationwide review revealed that more than 24,000 Veterans did not receive an exam by one of the specifically designated specialists. Of the Veterans identified, more than 13,000 are already service connected for TBI at a 10 percent disability evaluation or higher.

Corrective Actions Taken by VA

To minimize burden and ensure no financial harm to affected Veterans, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs granted equitable relief to all of the more than 24,000 identified Veterans on May 3, 2016.  The relief authorizes VA to offer new TBI exams, conducted by an appropriate specialist, to all identified Veterans. 

     Further, this equitable relief:

  • Enables VA to take action on any new examinations without requiring Veterans to submit new claims.
  • Allows VA to award an effective date as early as the date of original TBI claim and provide any retroactive benefits due.

     VA will contact affected Veterans to notify them of the opportunity to receive new examinations and have their claims reprocessed. Affected Veterans will have one year in which to request new examinations.

VA understands the importance of an accurate exam to support Veterans’ disability claims.  VA is committed to improving the medical exam experience and has identified it as one of the Department’s 12 MyVA Breakthrough Priorities.

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MyCare Ohio

What is MyCare Ohio?

MyCare Ohio is a demonstration project that integrates Medicare and Medicaid services into one program, operated by a Managed Care Plan. MyCare Ohio went live in its first region on May 1, 2014 and all regions were live by July 1, 2014

What is Ohio trying to Achieve?

  • One point of accountability for enrollees
  • Person-centered care, seamless across services & settings of care
  • Easy to navigate for enrollees & providers
  • Wellness, prevention, & coordination of services


Benefit package includes all benefits available through the traditional Medicare & Medicaid programs, including long term services and supports (LTSS), and behavioral health
MyCare Ohio Plans may elect to include additional “value-added” benefits in their health care packages

  • Benefits Also Include
  • One point of contact for care
  • Care Management Support 24/7
  • A team of professionals
  • Waiver Services Coordinator
  • One ID card
  • Focus on prevention and wellness
  • Nurse Advice Line



Web-Based Training for Aging and Disability Professionals

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Aging and Disability webcast which took place on April 14th has been posted to the web.  This web-based training is intended for aging and disability professionals who want to learn about traumatic brain injury (TBI), why it is important to know a client’s lifetime history of TBI and how neurological impairments could interfere with successfully living in the community. John D. Corrigan, PhD, Professor in the   Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Ohio State University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation presented this 2-hour training.

This training is available at

This web-based training offers 2 FREE CEUs for providers of the following:

  • The Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board
  • The Ohio Chemical Dependency Board
  • The Ohio Psychological Association
  • The Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Supports, and
  • The Ohio Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification

Also available on this webpage ( are our Frequently Asked Questions and Ask the Expert pages. We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to ask your questions and/or review previously asked questions related to TBI.

Important sources for information on identification and treatment of individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injury:  -  ASK THE EXPERT!!!

Ohio’s Budget Bill Relocates Brain Injury

Program to new Administrative Home

Ohio’s Budget Bill (2013) relocates Brain Injury Program to new Administrative Home.

The Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation (OVC) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been named as the designated lead agency for Brain Injury in the State of Ohio. Previously seated at Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, the Brain Injury Program was transferred to OVC with the signing of the Budget Bill by Governor Kasich.

The Brain Injury Program for Ohio (BIP) is advised by Ohio’s statewide advisory committee, known as the Brain Injury Advisory Committee (BIAC). The BIAC includes 10-12 individuals representing specific membership categories as defined through the Ohio Revised Code (3304.231). These seats are held by members who will be appointed by the Dean of the College of Medicine for 2-year, renewable terms.

The Brain Injury Association of Ohio (BIAOH), Ohio’s statewide education and advocacy organization for individuals with brain injury and their families, is among the agencies with a designated seat on the Program’s Advisory Committee.

During the past year, the BIAC evaluated several potential new ‘homes’ for the Brain Injury Program in Ohio based on the Health Resources and Services Administration benchmarks. By unanimous committee approval, the BIAC recommended that the administrative responsibility for the Ohio Brain Injury Program be transferred to Ohio State. BIAOH, instrumental in passage of the 1989 legislation creating the BIP and BIAC, supported the Program’s transfer to the Ohio Valley Center at OSU.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, via its Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation, has the internal expertise and scope of practitioners to efficiently administer the Brain Injury Program, which will ultimately benefit Ohioans with these injuries.


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