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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 24-83



Renaming of the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board to the Brain Injury Advisory Board

[54 Pa.B. 283]
[Saturday, January 20, 2024]

 The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Advisory Board (Board) was instituted in August 2001 by the Secretary of Health as a requirement of section 1252 the Federal TBI Act of 1996 (42 U.S.C. § 300d-52) and the Health Resources and Services Administration Federal TBI Planning Grant, presently known as the Administration for Community Living (ACL) TBI State Partnership Program Grant. There is no requirement for the Board to be specifically called the TBI Advisory Board. Until 2021, the grant stipulated that the Board must have 50% of its voting members exclusively represent individuals with a TBI. With this limited scope, individuals with a nontraumatic brain injury (nonTBI) could not be considered as voting members. It created gaps in representation and understanding, hindering the Board's ability to address the diverse needs of the broader brain injury community.

 As awareness of nonTBI evolved and service needs increased for individuals with a nonTBI, ACL expanded the scope of the Board to allow all individuals with nonTBI brain injury to serve as voting members. On August 4, 2023, the Board convened and voted unanimously to change its name to the Brain Injury Advisory Board. This adjustment underscores a strategic initiative toward inclusivity. It acknowledges the various origins of brain injuries and aims to bridge the current gap in representation. The change also aligns the Board's nomenclature with its commitment to comprehensive advocacy, facilitating a more nuanced understanding and responsive approach to the diverse challenges encountered by individuals affected by all forms of acquired brain injuries.

 For additional information, or for persons with a disability who require an alternative format of this notice (for example, large print, audiotape, Braille) should contact Nicole L. Adams, Program Manager, Community Systems Development and Outreach, Department of Health, 7th Floor East, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 772-2763, or for speech and/or hearing impaired persons, call the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).

 (Editor's Note: See 54 Pa.B. 277 for a notice regarding a meeting for the Brain Injury Advisory Board.)

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 24-83. Filed for public inspection January 19, 2024, 9:00 a.m.]

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