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Office of Acquired Brain Injury

Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council

To Individuals Interested in Acquired Brain Injury Issues:

The Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council (Tex BIAC) was created to address 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 Texas BIAC reports to the Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI). The Texas BIAC files biennial reports with the Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner; and submits a report to the Governor, the Texas Legislature, and the Executive Commissioner regarding its findings and recommendations no later than December 1st of each even-numbered year. The Advisory Council must seek input from persons who have survived a brain injury, their family members and caregivers, as well as those who provide services and supports that improve outcomes on how to address acquired brain injury as a public health concern in Texas by reducing risks, promoting prevention and the use of effective disease management protocols so that not only are the incidence and prevalence of brain injuries reduced, but also individuals who have survived a brain injury are able to achieve and maintain a high quality of life by accessing the services and supports they need as they heal in their homes and communities. 

The HHSC Executive Commissioner and the Department of State Health Services’ Commissioner will appoint members to the Texas BIAC to serve a term of three years.  The Advisory Committee will include key stakeholders as determined appropriate by the Commissioners.  The Texas BIAC must include 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 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.

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.