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Traumatic Head & Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Program

The Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund (THSCI) was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1993 with Act 654, which imposes additional fees on motor vehicle violations in Louisiana for the offenses of driving under the influence, reckless operation, and speeding. These fees provide the funds for this program.

Louisiana's Traumatic Head & Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Program provides services in a flexible, individualized manner to Louisiana citizens with traumatic head or traumatic spinal cord injuries.The program enables individuals to return to a reasonable level of functioning and independent living in their communities.

How to apply for services

Calling 225.219.2410 or 1.888.891.9441 to apply for services.

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Eligibility

To be determined eligible for services, an individual must meet the definition of traumatic head injury or spinal cord injury:

  • Meet the definition of traumatic head injury or spinal cord injury as defined above.
  • Must be medically stable, including normal vital signs, no progression of deficits and/or no deterioration of physical/cognitive status; does not require acute daily medical intervention.
  • Must have a reasonable expectation to achieve a predictable level of outcome to achieve improvement in quality of life and/or functional outcome.
  • Must be willing to accept treatment from an advisory board-approved facility/program.
  • Must be a resident of Louisiana and officially domiciled in Louisiana at the time of injury and during the provision of services.
  • Must have exhausted all other governmental and private resources before utilizing trust fund benefits.
  • Must provide proof of denial from other sources.
  • Must complete and submit an application for services.

Services

The following services are available to eligible individuals and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis:

  • Evaluations
  • Post-acute medical care rehabilitation
  • Therapies
  • Medication
  • Attendant care
  • Equipment necessary for activities of daily living
  • Other goods and services deemed appropriate and necessary

The Trust Fund will not provide any service that is experimental. The service providers must be approved by the Advisory Board, and in-state facilities/programs are given priority for approval as service providers. Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Expenditures shall not exceed $15,000 for any 12-month period or $50,000 in total expenditures per individual.

Additional Resources

The BIALA hotline has been a huge source of hope for me. As the mother of a daughter who has a brain injury, it has been extremely comforting to be able to talk to someone who is empathetic, kind and comforting. Somedays I just need someone to talk to so it is great knowing there is someone there willing to listen to me.

Avery Shelton

Caregiver

When I called the helpline, I was so happy to learn about the trust fund I could apply for. I had no clue about it but am glad I know now because living with a brain injury is expensive and hard. The lady I spoke with was so nice, took the time to answer all my questions, and made me laugh. She gave me some hope and that is pretty cool.

Harry Thomas

Individual with TBI

You’ve been so very helpful to us and we can’t thank you enough for all the information and assistance you provided us. Your help and direction has given so much confidence that we’ll get our beautiful son back because we’re making sound decisions based on your help.

Donna McCaleb

Caregiver