Survey for Texans with ABI

Dear Texan(s):

The Texas Legislature directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to study the need for long-term community support and residential services for persons who have an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) (see exact text of legislation below). Acquired Brain Injury is defined as damage to the brain that occurs after birth. Congenital disorders are not included. ABI can result from an accident or other traumatic external blow to the head as well as from a non-traumatic injury, such as a stroke, heart attack, brain tumor, infection or substance abuse.

As part of this study, HHSC’s Office of Acquired Brain Injury is conducting a survey of stakeholders that is being sent to:
• People with an acquired brain injury;
• Family members;
• Caregivers;
• Service providers;
• Advocates; and
• Other stakeholders.

The survey asks for your opinion about the most important long-term community supports and residential services for people with ABI in Texas. A list of services is included in the survey. You may choose any three or add others. The report of survey results will discuss the services and supports that receive the most votes. Remember, these services are for long-term community and residential services and supports only.

Please complete this important survey and make your voice heard by state leaders. It will take only a few minutes of your time. Your needs and opinions are important.

All responses are anonymous. No personal information will be shared.

Please complete the survey by Wednesday, February 24, 2010, by clicking on the following link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/23HWNDD

Please forward this email to anyone in Texas concerned about brain injury services and supports. The more responses we receive, the better we can represent this important issue. Thank you for your time and participation. For information about the Texas Office of Acquired Brain Injury, visit the website at:

http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/hhsc_projects/abj/index.shtml

Sincerely,

Office of Acquired Brain Injury
TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
MC 1542
4900 NORTH LAMAR BLVD
AUSTIN TX 78751
phone: 512/487-3431
fax: 512/424-6991
email: oabi@hhsc.state.tx.us

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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