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ABIN is the official advisory board for the state of Alaska, Senior and Disabilities Services Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury (TABI) Program. Since the board’s incorporation in 2003, their advocacy has been pivotal in the funding and inception of the TABI program for the state of Alaska and continues to be the voice of those with brain injuries in Alaska.

 



 

The State of Alaska Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury (TABI) program, in accordance with AS 47.07.030, funds non-profit agencies to provide services to individuals who have been diagnosed with a traumatic or acquired brain injury. Though these services are currently rather limited, the state has goals in place to:

  • Expand case management services into rural Alaska
  • Compile a statewide registry of TABI individuals for longitudinal data collection and evaluation of service delivery (AS 47.80.500)
  • Establish standards and recommendations for improvement of prevention, assessment, and care of persons with TABI in the state (AS 47.80.500)

Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury (TABI) can be defined as an “injury that occurs from physical force or internal damage to the brain or its coverings, not of a degenerative or congenital nature, that produces an altered mental state and that results in a decrease in cognitive, behavioral, or physical functioning.” (AS 47.80.529)

TABI Case Management: Person-centered case management services for Alaskans with traumatic or acquired brain injuries are provided by Access Alaska and by the Maniilaq Association. Case Management provides an opportunity for individuals with TABI to meet with a case manager who can help identify needed services, assist in locating those services and providers, and continue monitoring and evaluating how those services are provided over time. The case manager is not a direct service provider, but rather, someone who uncovers the health and social resources that the individual with TABI may require for healing and support and/or independent living.

TABI mini-grants: Grants available on a statewide basis to Alaskans diagnosed with traumatic or acquired brain injuries. The maximum benefit per individual is $2,500 and pays for supplies or services that are not covered by other sources.
Information is available at https://alaskabraininjury.net
and forms are available here:

Documents

2019 Needs Assessment

The Center for Human Development at UAA is conducting a needs assessment for people with brain injury and their caregivers. These include:

    • Adults with brain injury,
    • Family members/caregivers for individuals with brain injury, and
    • Medical and Service Providers.

Responses will help inform the 2020 TABI State Plan, which will identify services, as well as successes and barriers for the brain injury services in Alaska. The online survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Participants will have the opportunity to win one of sixty $15 Amazon gift cards. Responses are confidential.

Survey Link: http://uaa.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8cWifMuUQm2AuoZ

To complete the survey over the phone or to receive a paper copy please contact:

Findings from this survey and the 2020 Alaska TABI State Plan
will be available at
www.uaa.alaska.edu/chd and www.alaskabraininjury.net.



Contact:
Lisa Morley – Grants Unit Manager
TABI Program Manager
PO Box 110680
Juneau, Alaska 99811
lisa.morley@alaska.gov
Phone: 907-465-4996
Fax: 907-465-1170