Support Texas Senate Bill 2388, House Bill 3669
April 7, 2019
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.
If passed, SB 2388/HB 3699 takes important steps to increase access to adequate care, support, and resources for people living with brain injury and their caregivers, including:
- Benchmarking brain injury programs offered in other states to address the long-term needs of individuals with brain injury (i.e., supported living, supported work, day habilitation, and residential programs).
- Developing an identification card for individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI) to help those individuals when interacting with law enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.
- Ensuring law enforcement and EMS personnel recognize the ABI identification card and understand the impact a brain injury may have on an individual's behavior.
- Amending reporting requirements to include ABI in order to best understand its impact and the impact of related programming in Texas.
- Improving access to Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT) through the Health & Human Services Commission regardless of time since injury.
- Increasing access to care after brain injury for Texans insured through a self-funded plan.
- Closing the gap in services for Texans with brain injuries capable of returning to work by granting the Texas Workforce Commission the authority to implement and improve a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program.
- Instructing the Health & Human Services Commission and Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council to develop a comprehensive plan to improve long-term outcomes, reduce disabilities, and decrease long-term healthcare costs for individuals with brain injury by November 30, 2020.
To read the full text of the bill, click here.
Help us work with our lawmakers to pass SB 2388/HB 3699 by marking your support below.