Needs of Persons with Brain Injuries in Maine

Woman with child speaking at public hearingThe Maine Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council (ABIAC) has announced a series of Public Hearing on the Needs of Persons with Brain Injuries in Maine. 

The ABIAC will hold public hearings to receive information from persons with brain injuries, their families, rehabilitation experts, providers of services and the public in an effort to generate greater understanding of this growing public health issue. The ABIAC is seeking responses to the Council’s published priorities, *the rights of recipients receiving brain injury services, the Brain Injury Waiver, and the unmet needs of persons with brain injuries and their families.

Dates and Locations of Public Hearings

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Department of Health and Human Services
30 Skyway Drive, Unit 100
Caribou, Maine

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
NeuroRestorative
234 Northeast Road, Suite #1
Standish, Maine

Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Maine Center for Integrated Rehabilitation
95 Skowhegan Road
Fairfield, Maine

The Maine Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council welcomes either written or spoken comments at the hearing.  In addition, written comments will be accepted through close of business on September 28, 2018 and should be submitted to:

Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council
Neurobehavioral Services, OADS/DHHS
11 State House Station, 41 Anthony Ave.
Augusta, ME 04333-0011

Derek.Fales@Maine.gov

PRIORITY AREAS FOR BRAIN INJURY IN MAINE

The ABIAC established the following priorities for 2018*:

  1. Enhance Maine’s brain injury neurorehabilitation system to respond to current needs.
  2. Address the workforce shortage of qualified brain injury professionals.
  3. Expand care coordination and neuronavigation in order to meet the needs of all individuals with brain injuries in Maine.
  4. Prevent brain injury through education and public awareness.
  5. Strengthen family and peer supports.
  6. Improve employment opportunities.
  7. Addressing the needs of children with brain injury.

* For copies or additional information, please contact Neurobehavioral Services, at (207) 287-9295.

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