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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

During an incredibly difficult time, when I called the BIALA hotline desperate for help, I was greeted by someone who showed that she truly cared, and I can't say thank you enough. She was a life support for me, and I don't know how I would have survived without her. She was there when I had no one else and brought me peace and comfort and understanding. There is no amount of money or thanks in the world that could repay her for her kindness and compassion. She was and continues to be such a blessing to me.

Catherine Genovese

Caregiver

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

Thank you for your kind words and speedy reply. You have been lovely trying to help me help my brother. You have been brilliant taking time to research my requests for me which has allowed me to spend more time assisting my brother. Thank you for being such a blessing.

Constance Urban

Caregiver