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BIAA Commends VA for AL-TBI Initiative

08-Jul-2011 The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  (VA) has begun awarding contracts under the Assisted Living for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury Pilot Program (AL-TBI), which was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2008. BIAA collaborated with Wounded Warrior Project to advocate this and other public/private initiatives to ensure our nation’s warfighters can maximize their recovery after TBI.

The AL‐TBI will allow veterans with moderate to severe TBI to access a wide range of post‐acute services and supports that will help improve and maintain their skills and allow them to reside in non‐institutional settings. The pilot program will also allow the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to make comprehensive services available in an organized, cost‐effective manner at non‐VA facilities. The pilot project will also allow VHA and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) to contribute to the evidence for the effectiveness of post‐acute rehabilitation.

BIAA helped to publicize the VHA’s Request for Proposals for the AL-TBI initiative and submitted comments on the bid process. BIAA will monitor the results of the pilot project and continue to work for public/private partnerships to ensure highest quality care for servicemembers and veterans who sustain TBIs.

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