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Virginia Brain Injury Council

Virginia Brain Injury Council April, 2009 Minutes FINAL
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Virginia Brain Injury Council Meeting
Meeting Minutes

April 24, 2009

Members Present:
Carole Norton, Ph.D. Professional
Kelli Williams Gary, Ph.D Survivor
Jason Young, MSW Community Futures Foundation
Lisa Garver, MA, NCC, CBIS Brain Injury Services, Inc.
Theresa Ashberry Family Member
Michelle Nichols Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center
Juanita Thornton Virginia Alliance of Brain Injury Service Providers
Jeff Carpenter Survivor
Mark Salisbury Family member
Gerald Showalter, Psy.D. Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Brian Shenal, PhD Salem VA
Terry Miles Survivor
Alan Towne, MD, MPH Virginia Commonwealth University
Linda Redmond, Ph.D. Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Patricia Goodall, Ed.S Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services
Anne McDonnell, MPA, OTR/L Brain Injury Association of Virginia
Tori Harding, MBA, MS CCC/SLP Lakeview Healthcare Systems

Members Absent:
Julie Triplett Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy
Russell Payne Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation & Substance Abuse Services
Paul Sharpe, RN, NREMT-P Virginia Department of Health
Nancy Bullock, RN Virginia Department of Health
Jenny Toth Brain Injury Association of America
Scott Bender, PhD University of Virginia
Leigh Wion, CRT High Street Clubhouse

Other in Attendance:
Kristin Yavorsky Virginia Supportive Housing
Laura Anglin Brain Injury Resource and Development Center
Mary-Margaret Cash Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services
Kristie Chamberlain Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services
James Rothrock Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services

CONVENING OF THE MEETING

The Virginia Brain Injury Council meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. by Carole Norton, Ph.D. Chair. Council members and guests introduced themselves.

Approval of Minutes:
Minutes of the January 23, 2009 meeting were distributed and reviewed. Two minor errors were noted and Kristie Chamberlain will make those corrections. Terry Miles made a motion to accept the minutes as amended, Dr. Towne seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Comment:
A public comment period was held, no public comment was given.

Remarks from the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) Commissioner:
Commissioner Jim Rothrock provided the following updates, announcements and suggestions

1. A workgroup has been established with the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS) on how to better respond to people with brain injuries who are in a crisis. Patti Goodall and Mary Margaret Cash are the representative from the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS), Frank Tietrick, Lee Price, Priscilla Shrader, Susan Elmore are the representative of the DMHMRSAS, and Anne McDonnell, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) are all members of this workgroup. The Council will be kept appraised of how this workgroup progresses and recommendations/action steps the workgroup develops to address this issue.
2. The Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) has received Federal stimulus money, including 10 million dollars for Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Some of this funding will be used to address waiting lists for Vocational Rehabilitation Services across the state, for staffing at DRS to handle the increased caseloads, to Employment Service Organizations (ESO’s), and some to Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) for expansion of services. Other funding will also be allocated to the Centers for Independent Living (CIL’s), to hire more staff within the Social Security Determination Services, and other services within DRS.
3. A State Agency Report Out Day will be held on Friday July 24, 2009 at the Science Museum of Virginia. Secretary of Health and Human Resources Marilyn Tavenner has greed to send out invitations to a variety of state agency heads to request that one to two representatives attend this event. The idea is to increase attendance from state agencies at Council meetings and to share the history and significant strides services for individuals with a brain injury have made in the Commonwealth.

Educational Presentation to the Council:
A presentation was made by Kristin Yavorsky of Virginia Supportive Housing on housing options in Virginia for persons with brain injury. Virginia Supportive Housing operates two supportive living houses for persons with brain injury in Richmond, Independence House and Bliley Manor.

Educational Presentation to the Council:
A presentation on the “Scorecard” was made by Dr. Diane Stottlemyer, a contractor with the Department of Rehabilitative services and Donna Bridgham, an information technologies employee of DRS. The Scorecard is a compilation of outcomes from the current nine state funded brain injury service providers. The Scorecard is available for public dissemination on the DRS website. Donna Bridgham reviewed the website with the Council and showcased new more user friendly submission requirements that DRS has developed. Additional questions on the Scorecard can be directed to Patti Goodall, patti.goodall@drs.virginia.gov.

New Business:

By-laws Committee:
The by-laws committee made two (2) recommendations for changes to the Virginia Brain Injury Council (VBIC) by-laws. These changes and a draft of the proposed by-laws were distributed to the Council. The proposed by-laws changes added a statement regarding the term of the Commissioner’s Designee and better defined who is eligible to be serving as a representative of organizations and programs who receive state general funds. Kelly Williams Gary, Ph.D. made a motion to approve the by-laws with recommended changes, Anne McDonnell seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Update:
Patti Goodall announced that Virginia was just awarded a four (4) year Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) implementation grant (Federal Grant) by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant will focus on three (3) main areas: juveniles with brain injuries; persons with brain injury and their families who have low economic resources; and infrastructure expansion. DRS will be partnering with the Brain Injury Association of Virginia on the implementation of this grant. The grant will also enable the Department of Rehabilitative Services to hire an additional staff person to help oversee grant implementation over the next four (4) years. The grant will provide $250,000 in Federal funding that will be matched by $125,000 in State funding per year.

The Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Work Group: Patti Goodall and Anne McDonnell provided an update on a work group that has been established in the Commonwealth to study how to better respond to individuals with brain injury in crisis. The group had an initial phone conference meeting and larger face to face meeting is planned in May. Patti Goodall and Mary Margaret Cash are the representatives from the Department of Rehabilitative Services; Frank Tietrick, Lee Price, Priscilla Shrader and Susan Elmore are the representative of the with the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS); and Anne McDonnell, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia are all members of this workgroup.

Brain injury Action Plan Update:
Anne McDonnell and Patti Goodall provided an update on the progress of the new Brain Injury Action Plan in Virgi