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New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council: Next Meeting

The next meeting of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council which I am honored to chair will take place in New York City on March 28, 2008 from 10:30 AM - 3:00 P.M. at the offices of the  New York State Department of Health, 90 Church Street, New York, NY  4th Floor Conference Room.

The Council is charged with recommending to the Department of Health, long range objectives, goals and priorities as well as providing advice on planning, coordination and development of needed services.

Since becoming Chair of the Council, it has been my goal to increase public participation in the work of the Council and provide meaningful recommendations and assistance to the Health Department.  At our last meeting, I formed new committees to look at various aspects of traumatic brain injury in New York State and formulate specific proposals that can be forwarded to the Commissioner of Health.  Since that meeting each of the committees has met and formulated an agenda which will be presented at this upcoming meeting.

The council will also hear reports from various state agencies on their TBI programs.

Additionally, at this meeting we will hear a presentation on Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Abuse Issues and will discuss recommendations that can be made to improve services in this area.

It is important to note that due to security, anyone who wishes to attend MUST contact Dawn Crary to register.  If you are not registered in advance, then you will not be allowed access to the building.

Here is the tentative agenda for our March 28th meeting:

10:30am – 10:35am Welcome and Review and Approval of Minutes from the December 12, 2007 Council Meeting

10:35am – 11:00am TBI Waiver Program Update
                             Pat Greene-Gumson, NYS Department of Health, Office of Long Term Care

11:00am – 11:45am Presentation: Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Abuse Issues
                              Ed Ross, International Center for the Disabled
                              Tamara Miller-Kammerer, OASAS, Blaisdell Addiction Treatment Center 
   
11:45am – 12:45pm Group Discussion re: Presentation

12:45pm – 1:15pm Lunch

1:15pm – 1:45pm State Agency Reports

1:45pm – 2:15pm Subcommittee Reports

2:15pm – 2:45pm Public Comment Session
   
2:45pm – 3:00pm Summary/Next Steps/Adjournment

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