Protect CRS Funding in Texas
March 17, 2017
The Brain Injury Association of America – Texas Division (BIAA) is the voice of brain injury in Austin. We tirelessly advocate for greater access to care for civilian and military populations, expanded brain injury research, adequate resources for our state’s brain injury programs and increased awareness of brain injury issues, among other priorities.
CRS Program Update
Talking Points for Budget Conferees
- Funding to cover the unexpected shortfall for the current fiscal year, and to restore 2018-2019 appropriations, is absolutely necessary for the CRS program to survive beyond June 2017.
- CRS is an effective solution for treating people living with brain and/or spinal cord injuries who either have no insurance or their private policy places constraints on their treatment/rehabilitation.
- According to agency data, 8 out of 10 CRS consumers successfully complete the program. This means their level of recovery allows them to live at home rather than in an institutional setting inappropriate for them, such as a nursing home. The cost savings to the State of Texas is substantial!
- A 2010 actuarial study, conducted to research the estimated cost of traumatic brain injuries in the State of Texas, revealed that Texas saves more than $300 million dollars a year when patients receive medically-necessary brain injury rehabilitation in a timely manner.
- The brain injury community needs your support now. Assure CRS funding for the remainder of 2017, and for the 2018-2019 biennium.