The Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury (THSCI) Trust Fund Program was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1993 with Act 654. The THSCI program was created to provide services in a flexible, individualized manner to Louisiana citizens who survive traumatic head or traumatic spinal cord injuries. The THSCI program assists individuals to return to a reasonable level of functioning and independent living in their communities.
The Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury (THSCI) Trust Fund provides:
· Funding of up to $15,000 for any 12-month period with a $50,000 life time maximum per person
· Services include evaluations, post-acute medical care rehabilitation, therapies, medication, attendant care, equipment necessary for activities of daily living, and other goods and services deemed appropriate and necessary
· Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis
For more information about the THSCI Trust Fund program or to apply for services, call 1-888-891-9441.
Act 654 also authorizes the establishment of a resource center for persons with traumatic head or spinal cord injuries. The Resource Center is located in the Louisiana Advocacy Center at:
8325 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Office Phone 504-982-0685
Toll Free 800-444-6443
The Resource Center provides:
· Toll-Free Helpline (800)444-6443
· Resource Directory of Services Statewide
· Community Outreach Activities
· Resources to assist with returning to work or school after injury
· Library of fact sheets, brochures, periodicals, and articles
· Information on local support groups
· Latest progress on scientific research, medical discoveries, and newest technologies
· Details on upcoming educational conferences, workshops, and other learning opportunities
Other BIALA services such as advocacy efforts, membership, etc.
Access to resources and information is critical to living with a brain injury, supporting someone with a brain injury or caring for someone with a brain injury.
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Here is some more information on Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment:
The study is for adults with one or more mild TBIs with persistent headaches and post-concussion symptoms (disordered sleep, vertigo or dizziness, irritability/aggression with little or no provocation, anxiety, depression, or affective lability, changes in personality or social/sexual inappropriateness, apathy/lack of spontaneity) that last longer than 6 months and less than 10 years. It is:
2. Involves computer cognitive testing, questionnaires, and eight weeks of once/day,
5d/week hyperbaric oxygen treatment in the New Orleans area (40 treatments).
3 Going to treat all participants, though half go through an eight week wait (control)
period in their home state before treatment.
4. Will likely be going this entire year so that recently injured patients could be eligible if their symptoms don't
resolve by six months.
5. Fully approved by the FDA, the U.S. Army, and LSU.
6. Funded by a congressional appropriation secured by the Louisiana delegation.
7. Transportation to and from New Orleans has been pledged by Mercy Medical Air out of Virginia Beach, VA.
http://mercymedical.org. This service was begun by an ex-Air Force colonel Ed Boyer 39 years ago. He has
transported more than 120,000 patients, especially veterans. He transported quite a few of our patients in the
first study and has promised to do so and is doing so for the patients in this study. He provides bus, train, or air-
fare, depending on distance, etc. They are completely independent of us so that we just put people in contact
with them and the patient makes the arrangements with them.
8. We have 30 of 50 spots left.
9. We don't have lodging arrangements, but at least for veterans some veteran and military support groups have helped with lodging while in New Orleans. For the first study I performed SemperFi Fund and the Coalition to Support America's Heroes provided living expenses support in New Orleans for 20 of the 30 patients in the study.
The website is: www.hbottbistudy.org. The approved study flyer is attached.
I am happy to answer any questions. Thank you, Paul G. Harch, M.D., Principal Investigator, Clinical Professor, LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans. 504-427-5632, 309-4948
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