Established in 1992, the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee provides recommendations to DHS on program development and issues concerning the health and human services needs of people with traumatic brain injuries. Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.093
In 1997, Governor Carlson designated&
The Department of Human Services as Minnesota’s lead agency for TBI services
The DHS TBI Advisory Committee as the state TBI advisory council.
The federal government has made grant funding available to states, including Minnesota, since 1996. The TBI Act of 2006 (reauthorized in 2008) established Implementation Partnership grants to ensure state systems continue to improve their ability to meet the needs of people with TBI and their families. IP grants:
Allow state agencies to conduct, expand or improve service capacity to people with traumatic brain injuries
Support systems improvement activities so states can evaluate their current structure and policies.
In 2010, the Minnesota Department of Human Services received its second four-year IP grant to expand on earlier work funded by a 2006-2010 grant. Both IP grants support the work of the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The 2006-2010 IP grant assessed prevalence of TBI in Minnesota correctional facilities and began to develop strategies for successful return to the community.
Current grant funding allows the hiring of a project psychologist and release planner to work with offenders who have significant needs related to their traumatic brain injury. An added focus of this grant will be community re-entry for offenders who are American Indian.
States that have applied, or are interested in applying, for federal TBI Program State System Change grants must conduct periodic statewide needs and resource assessments. DHS completed Minnesota’s current needs and resource assessment in 2015, as part of the DHS’ gaps analysis process.