Allocate Federal Resources
Coordinate Federal Programs
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) funds programs impacting individuals with brain injury and families, including Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Assistive Technology, Independent Living Centers, Lifespan Respite Care; and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).
- Support HHS in carrying out its mandate to develop a plan for coordinating Federal activities impacting TBI service delivery.
Increase TBI Act Funding
ACL administers the TBI State Partnership Grant Program to help states increase access to services and supports for individuals with TBI throughout the lifetime and the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) TBI Grant Program to provide advocacy services for people with brain injury. Currently only 24 states receive TBI State grants, and all the P&A grants are severely under-funded.
- Appropriate $19 million to the Federal TBI State Grant Program to increase the number of state grants, and appropriate $300,000 and appropriate $6 million to the P&A Grant Program.
Fund CDC TBI Program
The TBI Act of 1996, as amended, authorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to collect data and conduct public education and research. The TBI Program Reauthorization Act of 2018 further authorized the establishment of a national concussion surveillance system.
- Support the TBI national concussion surveillance system at $5 million as part of a total allocation of $11.75 million and continue to include brain injury across multiple CDC programs, including STEADI, opioid misuse prevention, intimate partner violence, and others.