Idaho State University

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mission Statement

Our mission is to work with individuals with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families to optimize Idaho's community-based system of sustainable, comprehensive, coordinated support.

Purpose of the Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Program

Addressing barriers to TBI services, assessing the need for TBI services, and using the information to develop or expand a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and easily accessible system of care for individuals with TBI and their families, are expressly stated to be the goals of the Implementation Partnership Grants. With funding from the 2014 Health Resources and Services Administration Traumatic Brain Injury State Implementation Partnership Grant Program, the Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Program will increase access to TBI rehabilitation and other TBI services by screening for TBI; building a workforce of TBI competent professionals; providing TBI information to families and service providers; and facilitating access to needed TBI services. Our goal is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated, community-based system of support for individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families, which addresses all age groups, levels of acuity, and racial and ethnic groups, regardless of socioeconomic status, education level, or location.

Goals for the Idaho TBI Program

 

Goal 1

Include a screen for TBI in Community Health Screenings (CHS).

 

Goal 2

Educate parents of children with TBI.

 

Goal 3

Disseminate educational materials about concussion-related TBI.

 

Goal 4

Establish relationships with the Native American Tribal nations in Idaho related to TBI services.

 

Goal 5

Establish a Trust Fund for Idaho that would benefit civilian and military populations with a TBI and their families.

 

Federal Funding

More than 3.2 million Americans live with a disability as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after being hospitalized. Many of these individuals and their families are confronted with inadequate or unavailable TBI services and supports. Passage of the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 signaled a national recognition of the need to improve state TBI service systems. The Act authorized the Health Resources and Services Administration to award grants to States for the purpose of planning and implementing needed health and related service systems changes. The Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University has been funded since 2001 and the Idaho TBI Program is currently funded under the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 2008 State Grant Program. The Idaho TBI Program has been funded to develop and promote services for people with TBI.