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Office of Acquired Brain Injury

Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council

To Individuals Interested in Acquired Brain Injury Issues:

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is accepting membership applications for the Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council.

The Texas BIAC was created to address strategic planning, policy, rules and services to prevent brain injury and provide rehabilitation and provision of long-term services to people with brain injuries. It also aims to improve brain injury survivors' quality of life and ability to function independently in the home and community. The advisory council seeks input from brain injury survivors, their family members and caregivers, and providers to improve brain injury outcomes in Texas.  Reporting to the Office of Acquired Brain Injury, the advisory committee files reports with the Health and Human Services executive commissioner, the governor and the Texas Legislature on its findings and recommendations.

The HHSC executive commissioner and the Department of State Health Services’ commissioner will appoint members to the Texas BIAC to serve a three-year term. The advisory committee will include stakeholders approved by the commissioners and must include:

  • 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 or service provider who has specialized training or interest in the prevention of brain injuries 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 or cultural groups and geographic regions of Texas;
  • Four service recipients who have survived a brain injury representing diverse ethnic or 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 and Trauma Advisory Council or other stakeholder group with a focus on stroke;

An advisory council member must regularly participate in meetings and may also have to participate in subcommittee meetings, projects and presentations. Advisory council meetings will be held at least four times a year in Austin at the call of the presiding officer. Texas BIAC members will not receive travel reimbursement or compensation for participation on the advisory council.

If you would like to serve on the advisory council, please complete and return the Texas BIAC application no later than May 12, 2016 by email, mail or fax. 

Email:  oabi@hhsc.state.tx.us
Attn:  Princess Katana

Mail:
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Office of Acquired Brain Injury
P.O. Box 13247, Mail Code 1214
Austin, Texas 78711
Attn:  Princess Katana

Fax:
512-706-7340
Attn:  Princess Katana

HHSC will notify applicants by June 30, 2016, whether they have or have not been selected to serve as a member of the Texas BIAC.

In selecting members to serve on the advisory council, HHSC considers the applicants' qualifications, background and interest in serving. HHSC seeks to choose council members who, as a whole, represent the diversity of all Texas citizens. For that reason, HHSC considers applicants' ethnicity, gender and geographic location. 

For more information, contact Princess Katana at oabi@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 and will be established later this year.