TAKE ACTION NOW IN SUPPORT OF Ohio BRAINS AMENDMENT

OUR HELP IS NEEDED NOW!!!  The Amendment to increase the Ohio appropriation to the Ohio Brain Injury Program did NOT make it into the House Budget.  HOWEVER, it may come around again when the budget comes back to the House.  The amendment is located HERE for you to include or reference in your contact.  

AT THIS POINT, IT'S VITAL TO GET SENATE SUPPORT FOR THE AMENDMENT SO THAT IT WILL BE SUBMITTED IN THEIR VERSION OF THE BUDGET!

CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR NOW!  CONTACT SENATOR BOB HACKETT, SENATE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND MEDICAID!!!  Sen. Hackett represents Clark,  Greene and Madison Counties, and you can contact him at  hackett@ohiosenate.gov

FIND YOUR SENATOR and contact immediately through phone, letter or email.   SEE THE CONACT LIST HERE FOR SENATORS, THEIR DISTRICTS AND CONTACT INFORMATION BY MAIL OR PHONE.  EMAIL LINKS CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE FOR THE OHIO SENATE:    http://www.ohiosenate.gov

Contact your Senator immediately by phone, letter or email.  Highlight the request for the amendment to support the “Ohio Brain Injury Program”. Refer them to the specific amendment number HC0554 . and specifically ask for their support: "Please support amendment #HC0554  that increases  the state’s support for those Ohioans with a brain injury and their families”. Attach the amendment. 

What to say: 

  • Introduce yourself as a constituent 

          "I am coming to you  as your constituent as well as an advocate for those Ohioans who are at risk or who have sustained traumatic brain injury to ask urgently for your support  to amendment #HC0554 (attached) which provides vitally needed scope of services for those Ohioans, their  families and caregivers impacted by traumatic brain injury. "

  •  Express your support for the amendment and ask for Senate action! 

  • I had hoped to see the amendment included in the budget forwarded to the Senate by the House.  Since it was not included, I am asking your support presenting it as part of the omnibus amendment process.   Your support to the amendment while it’s in the Senate would be a major step in bringing the Ohio Brain Injury Program the resources it needs to build a network of services which are vital to the recovery and well-being of those affected by this life-changing event. 

  • Add your supportive statements on why an increase of funding is so critical in providing needed resources and improved services specific to the TBI population.

If you are a survivor,  family member, caregiver, TELL YOUR STORY!!!!  Say WHY the expanded services are needed by the brain injury community.   

  • Talk about your journey - what was your life like before the injury? 

  • Talk about the injury - your story is unique and important!   What was treatment like? Did you go to the hospital?

  • Life  since the injury.... what has changed?  What are your ongoing needs?  What would be most helpful to everyday life? 

  • What does a newly injured person need in their community in order to live successfully?   What is still missing in our state?   

Thank the Senator for his/her time and direct inquiries to the Ohio Brain Injury Program or the Brain Injury Association of Ohio for more details. 

Include your name, address and phone number.  

Share this call to action and contact information above with colleagues, support groups you are associated with, professional organizations ( Licensing Boards, professional groups, etc.)  and encourage them to contact their Senators with their support to the amendment NOW!!! 

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE SO ACT RIGHT AWAY!!!!  If email is easy for you... great!  OR, if you'd rather phone.... that's great too!  JUST ACT NOW!!!! 

If you need any help identifying your Senate representative, let me know!!! 

Thank you for your critical support! 

Stephanie Ramsey 

Brain Injury Association of Ohio 

President Board of Trustees

(614) 336-0539

CALL FOR BRAIN INJURY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  We are currently accepting nominations and
applications for positions on the Brain Injury
Advisory Committee for next term.

Call for Committee Nominations

You have the opportunity to nominate yourself or other members to serve on the Brain Injury Advisory Committee. We invite you to submit yourself or to recommend someone who you think would be a great leader or contributor to this group.

What positions are available for the 2020 – 2022 term?

  • Chair-Elect*

  • Survivor of Brain Injury

  • Relative of a Survivor of Brain Injury

  • Rehabilitation Professional

  • Individual who Represents the Brain Injury Association of Ohio

  • Health Care Professional

  • Individual who Represents the Public (3 positions available)

Each position is appointed for a two (2) year term. *Chair-elect is a one (1) year term.

How do you qualify to serve on the Committee? It’s simple!

  • Have time to attend the quarterly Brain Injury Advisory Committee Meetings

  • Have a willingness to participate in an orientation process with regard to individuals with brain injury and the Brain Injury Advisory Committee

  • Have time to work on at least one workgroup

What are the expectations if elected to the Committee?

  • Serve for a two (2) year term January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021. Chair-elect will serve January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 and will automatically become Chair January 1, 2021.

  • Attend/participate in quarterly Committee meetings in person (or via phone if on-site elsewhere).  Only two unexcused absences.

Nominate yourself or another member you know that would be a perfect fit for one of our many positions. The final day to submit a nomination is Friday, April 26, 2019. For any questions, ask a current Brain Injury Advisory Committee member or Membership Committee member!

Submit Your Nomination!

What’s Next?

Once we receive your nomination form, the Membership Committee will review your information and reach out if we have additional questions. The Membership election will occur at the October 17, 2019 in-person Brain Injury Advisory Committee meeting. All applicants will be contacted following the outcome of this meeting.

Thank you!

Membership Committee Members

Dan Arnold daniel.arnold@medicaid.ohio.gov

Monica Lichi monica.lichi@osumc.edu

Stephanie Ramsey saramsey1@aol.com   

Danielle Smith daniellesmith@naswoh.org

Kathy Stachowski kstachowski@premierhealth.com 

  

THE BIAOH 2019 TBI SUMMIT

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

PLATINUM

  • Ohio State University Discovery Themes

  • Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital

GOLD

  • Crowley Family Memorial Fund

  • Neuroscience Research Institute Ohio State University

  • OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Proctor and Gamble Corporation

SILVER

  • Dell’s Homemade Ice Cream & Coffee

  • NeuroRestorative

BRONZE

  • Hanson House Presented by The Law Firm of Tittle & Perlmuter

  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.

CROWLEY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE 2019 TBI SUMMIT

The Brain Injury Association of Ohio thanks the family of Brian Crowley for donations given in his memory. These donations supported scholarships to the 2019 TBI Summit, allowing brain injury survivors who would not otherwise been able to attend due to the financial constraints of the BIAOH. We also remember his mother, Joanne Crowley, President of BIAOH in the 1990s. Her dedication to her family and providing education and advocacy for those with brain injury made BIAOH who we are today. We are deeply grateful for their support of BIAOH in our mission to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS CONFIRMED FOR 2019 TBI SUMMIT

5.0 Hours of continuing education credits have been confirmed by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. These credits are available to Licensed Independent Social Workers, Registered Social Worker Assistants, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselors.

8.0 Hours of continuing education credits have been confirmed for Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Certified Brain Injury Specialists. These hours include attendance at the Poster Presentations and Lightning Talks. If you are unable to attend this session, CEU hours will be prorated as appropriate.

6.75 Hours of continuing education credits have been confirmed for Speech Language Audiologists and Pathologists.

6.25 Hours of continuing education have been approved for Nurses.

Our New Board of Trustees Is Here!

We were pleased to announce our new Board of Trustees at our Annual Meeting of the Membership that took place on November 8, 2018.  Please join us in welcoming:

Stephanie Ramsey, President

Emily Smith, 1st VP

Kim Bergstrom, 2nd VP

Jacqueline Stanton, Secretary

Laura Holtsberry, Kedar Hiremath, Christine Koterba, Jonathan Pedrick, Melissa Volk and Greg Wagner, Members-at-Large

More information about our Board of Trustees is coming soon! 

The power point presentation from the Annual Meeting is available on our news page. Click on "News" under "News & Events" above to find the post

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