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About
 

The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALA) is a statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on creating a better future for Louisiana citizens with brain injury and/or spinal cord injury through education, community support groups, obtaining services, and advocacy. JOIN BIALA TODAY!

 

Mission

 

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals impacted by brain injury and/or spinal cord injury and to advance brain and spinal cord injury prevention, treatment, support and education.



The 2015 BIALA Annual Conference

"Discoveries After a Brain and/or Spinal Cord Injury" March 5th and 6th, 2015 Click here for details!



Useful Insurance Information 


OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD BEGINS NOVEMBER 15, 2014 THROUGH FEBRUARY 15, 2015.  The enrollment window this year is half the time of last year's enrollment so be sure that your clients take a look at their options for health insurance coverage in plenty of time before open enrollment ends.  To make sure they have coverage starting January 1, 2015, they must enroll by December 15, 2014. For more information, see attached United Spinal Open Enrollment Flyer.

To help the SCI community enroll in the right health plan, take a look at the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative, co-ordinated by the American Association on Health and Disability, which provides health care enrollment specialists with technical assistance on disability content from how to compare health plans to how to ensure individuals with disabilities are getting the right coverage for the type of therapy visits and prescription drugs that they require.

http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/about/
http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/ndnrc-materials/disability-guide/
http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/ndnrc-materials/fact-sheets/

United Spinal Association is one of the partners of this Collaborative along with the American Association on Health and Disability, the American Association of People with Disabilities, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), National Multiple Sclerosis Society and The Arc.
 
This collaborative has  just announced 11Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) through the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) project.  The COCs will increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA. Click here for more information:


Two Valuable Surveys...


Individuals with TBI survey:

A survey created by LSUHSC New Orleans occupational therapy students for any individuals who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury. The survey's purpose is to gather information on the frequency and quality of community integration for individuals with traumatic brain injury. It includes questions on demographics, your TBI, what types of activities you participate in, and how often you participate. 

The link for Individuals Survey: http://bit.ly/1ymHXI5

Caregivers with TBI survey:

A survey created by LSUHSC New Orleans occupational therapy students for any individuals who identify as a caregiver for an individual with traumatic brain injury. The survey's purpose is to gather information on how caregiver burden affects the frequency and quality of community integration. It includes questions on demographics, what types of activities you participate in, and how often you participate. 

The link for Caregivers Survey: http://bit.ly/1r1OvrC

Research Opportunity

Paid research opportunity from the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training! CBIRT needs help to improve their web-based program designed to improve transition planning for students ages 14-22 who have had a TBI. See flyer shown below for more information or click this link for to see if you are a good fit for the study.




Please Answer our Survey!

 

Help us improve our services to you by answering just 3 questions on our survey:

 

CLICK HERE to take the survey

 

2014 Conference A Tremendous Success!

 

A big Thanks to all who made it possible! Click here to visit our conference page for photos!. 

 

We Gratefully Acknowledge Our Sponsors and Partners

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

 

Did You Know?

Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. Of them:
  •  52,000 die,
  • 275,000 are hospitalized and
  • 1.365 million, nearly 80%, are treated and released from an emergency department.
TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Report to Congress on mild traumatic brain injury in the United States: steps to prevent a serious public health problem. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003.

What's New?

Traumatic Head and
Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund
Advisory Board Meeting Notice
Thursday, August 28, 2014
10:00 AM
PACE Center
7436 Bishop Ott Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806