Coordinate Federal Resources
Support Federal TBI Programs
The 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; Federal TBI Program; 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
In October 2015, the TBI State Grant program was transferred to the ACL Administration on Disabilities’ Independent Living Administration, and the Protection & Advocacy (P&A) Grant Program was moved to the ACL Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 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 $6 million to the P&A Grant Program.
Fund CDC TBI Program
- Support CDC in its mandate to review the scientific evidence related to brain injury management in children and identify opportunities for research;
- Support TBI national surveillance; and
- Appropriate $10 million to fund CDC’s TBI programs.
The TBI Act of 1996, as amended, authorizes funding for the CDC for data collection, prevention, public education, and research.