Senate Bill Focuses On Brain Injury Legislation Calls for Research and Treatment Policy Analysis
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Policy Analysis  |   January 01, 2008
Senate Bill Focuses On Brain Injury
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  • Elizabeth Mundinger, is former director of federal and political advocacy.
    Elizabeth Mundinger, is former director of federal and political advocacy.×
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Policy Analysis   |   January 01, 2008
Senate Bill Focuses On Brain Injury
The ASHA Leader, January 2008, Vol. 13, 1-6. doi:10.1044/leader.PA.13012008.1
The ASHA Leader, January 2008, Vol. 13, 1-6. doi:10.1044/leader.PA.13012008.1
The bill seeks to improve efforts to track the incidence of TBI, report national trends, identify interventions used to prevent the development of secondary neurologic conditions, and develop practice guidelines for TBI rehabilitation. It also requires a study of veterans with TBI returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in order to improve treatment, rehabilitation, and services to help reintegrate these veterans back into their communities after they leave the hospital.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions reports a strong need for this legislation. According to the committee’s report, “Most rehabilitation programs are designed for people with physical disabilities, not cognitive disabilities that require special accommodations. Finding needed services is typically a logistical, financial, and psychological challenge for family members and other caregivers, because few coordinated systems of care exist for individuals with TBI…More work needs to be done at both the national and state level to build an effective, durable service system for meeting the needs of individuals with TBI and their families.”
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