Established in 1992, the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee provides recommendations to DHS on program development and concerns about health and human service needs for persons with traumatic brain injuries. Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.093
A state TBI advisory council and lead agency are two required core components for state TBI grant infrastructure. In 1997, Governor Carlson designated
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 individuals with TBI and their families. IP grants:
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 address community re-entry for American Indian offenders.
The DHS Commissioner appoints committee members for one- or two-year terms. Committee membership includes:
Periodic statewide needs and resource assessments and state planning efforts are required for the IP grants. In the spring of 2009, attendees of Town Hall Meetings held across the state completed a needs and resource survey. In addition, the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota hosted the survey online for completion.
Find survey results in the 2009 - 2010 Minnesota Statewide Traumatic Brain Injury Needs and Resource Assessment (PDF). This report serves as a resource for state brain injury planning efforts.
For more information, call 651-431-2400 or 800-747-5484, or email Dhs.TBIAdvisoryCommittee@state.mn.us.