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Virginia Brain Injury Council

Virginia Brain Injury Council Meeting Minutes-FINAL: July 24, 2009
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Virginia Brain Injury Council Meeting
Meeting Minutes
July 24, 2009

Members Present:
Carole Norton, Ph.D. Beacon House Clubhouse
Kelli Williams Gary, Ph.D., OTR/L Virginia Commonwealth University
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
Jeff Carpenter Survivor
Mark Salisbury Family Member
Gerald Showalter, Ph.D. Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Brian Shenal, Ph.D. Salem, Virginia Veterans Administration Center
Anne McDonnell, MPA, OTR/L Brain Injury Association of Virginia
Tori Harding, MBA, MS, CCC/SLP Lakeview Healthcare Systems
Leigh Wion, CTRS High Street Clubhouse
Alan Towne, M.D., MPH Virginia Commonwealth University
Linda Redmond, Ph.D. Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Scott Bender, Ph.D. University of Virginia

Members Absent:
Juanita Thornton Virginia Alliance of Brain Injury Service Providers
Terry Miles Survivor
Julie Triplett State Agency: Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy
Russell Payne State Agency: Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation & Substance Abuse Services
Paul Sharpe, R.N., NREMT-P State Agency: Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services
Nancy Bullock, R.N. State Agency: Virginia Department of Health. Office of Children, Youth With Special Needs
Jenny Toth Brain Injury Association of America
Patricia Goodall, Ed.S. State Agency / Staff: Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services
Other in Attendance:
Bobbie McCarty Lakeview Health Centers
Rick Sizemore Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Christine Baggini Brain Injury Association of Virginia
Tony Gentry, Ph.D. VCU Dept. of Occupation Therapy
Heidi Balsey Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Sue George Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Karen Trump Virginia Department of Education
Melissa Gonzalez Neurological Living Rehabilitation Center

The Virginia Brain Injury Council meeting was called to order at 9:00 am by Carole Norton, Chair. Council members and guests introduced themselves.

Approval of Minutes:
Minutes of the April 24, 2009 were distributed and reviewed. Four minor grammatical errors were pointed out. VCU was added as the second subcontractor, along with BIAV, to report on the TBI Grant update. Leigh Wion made a motion to accept the minutes as amended; Mark Salisbury seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Approval of Meeting agenda:
Anne McDonnell approved the agenda; Leigh Wion seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Public Comment:
No public comment was given during the Public Comment period.

Nominations and Elections Committee:
Victoria Harding, Jeff Carpenter, Teresa Ashberry, and Brian Shenal all volunteered to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee. New officers (Secretary and Vice-Chair) will be elected in October and new members are scheduled to be elected in January 2010. Jason Young and Kelli Williams-Gary are both eligible for re-election to Secretary and Vice-Chair positions, respectively.

Appointment of Council Representative to the Dept. of Behavioral Health & Disability Services TBI work team:
Anne McDonnell nominated Jason Young to be the second Virginia Brain Injury Council representative on the Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services (DBHDS) work team looking at how to work with individuals with brain injury who are in crisis. Mark Salisbury seconded the nomination; Mr. Young was unanimously nominated to serve on the work team.

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

1. Based on current budget situation, Governor has asked state agencies to prepare budget cuts ranging from 5%, 10%, to 15% due to the downturn in the state economy. The Commissioner met last week with Anne McDonnell, Jason Young, Michelle Witt, and Karen Brown about the potential use of Federal stimulus funds to offset potential budget cuts and help enhance vocational rehabilitation outcomes for persons with brain injury. Proposal will be submitted.
2. Commissioner Rothrock discussed collaborative with other state agencies, including the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice in targeting services for juvenile offenders in the juvenile justice system, and with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services through the Wounded Warrior Program. He discussed the role of the “Brain Injury Report Out Day” as an important impetus in facilitating better interagency collaboration on brain injury issues in Virginia.

Adjournment of the Meeting: At 9:30 Carole Norton made a motion to adjourn the meeting; Anne McDonnell seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Next Meeting: The next meeting is October 23, 2009 from 1-4 at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, VA. Specific location to be determined.