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Office of Acquired Brain Injury

About the Advisory Council

The Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council (TX BIAC) addresses strategic planning, policy, rules, and services related to the prevention of brain injury, rehabilitation and the provision of long term services and supports for persons who have survived brain injuries to improve their quality of life and ability to function independently in the home and community.

The TX BIAC seeks input from brain injury survivors, their family members and caregivers, and professionals. The Council is focused on reducing risks, promoting prevention and the use of effective disease management to reduce the incidence and prevalence of brain injuries. The Council also strives to make it possible for individuals who have survived a brain injury to achieve and maintain a high quality of life by accessing the services and supports they need as they heal, and return to their homes and communities. 

Who is on the Advisory Council?

The HHSC Executive appoints members to the Texas BIAC to serve a term of three years.  The Texas BIAC includes representatives of each of the following:

  • One representative from acute hospital trauma units
  • One representative from post-acute rehabilitation facilities
  • One representative of a long-term care facility that serves persons who have survived a brain injury
  • One healthcare practitioner/service provider who has specialized training/interest in the prevention of brain injuries and/or the care, treatment, and rehabilitation of persons who have survived a brain injury
  • One representative of an institution of higher education engaged in research that impacts persons who have survived a brain injury
  • Four family members actively involved in the care of loved ones who have sustained a brain injury representing diverse ethnic/cultural groups and geographic regions of Texas
  • Four service recipients who have survived a brain injury representing diverse ethnic/cultural groups and geographic regions of Texas
  • One transition age youth service recipient who has survived a brain injury and is currently between 18 and 26 years old
  • One representative from the stroke committee of the Governor's EMS & Trauma Advisory Council or other stakeholder group with a focus on stroke

In addition to the appointed members of the TX BIAC, volunteers are an integral part of the Council. Volunteers participate on committees and support the Council in reaching its goals. If you would like more information about volunteering with TX BIAC please contact Princess Katana at oabi@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Upcoming Meetings

TX BIAC Launch Meeting
The TX BIAC launch meeting will serve as our time to develop goals and strategies to address brain injury in Texas. This informal meeting will help lay the foundation for the Council to begin its work at the first formal meeting in September.

  • When: Friday, August 5th from 2:30pm to 5:30pm & Saturday, August 6th from 8:30am to 12:30pm
  • Where: Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI) in the Twin Towers building at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 203 East, Austin TX 78723.
  • RSVP: Please RSVP by emailing Melanie Skyler at Melanie.Skyler@hhsc.state.tx.us.

1st Quarter TX BIAC Meeting
TX BIAC Public Meeting

  • When: Friday, September 2nd, 2:30pm-5:00pm
  • Where:  Brown Heatly Building, 4900 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX  78751, Public hearing rooms 1410, 1420, and 1430
  • RSVP: Please RSVP by emailing Melanie Skyler at Melanie.Skyler@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Committee Meetings

  • When: Saturday, September 3rd, 8:30am-12:30pm
  • Where: Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI) in the Twin Towers building at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 203 East, Austin TX 78723.
  • RSVP: Please RSVP by emailing Melanie Skyler at Melanie.Skyler@hhsc.state.tx.us.

The former Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council's Documents and Reports
The Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council has been abolished, and the new Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council will take its place. The Texas BIAC has a broader scope will be established later this year.