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 and 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 provided by Access Alaska and their Independent Living philosophy. Case management provides an opportunity for TABI individuals to meet with someone who can help identify needed services, assist in locating those services and providers, and continue monitoring and evaluating whether those services are provided over time. In other words, the case manager is not a direct service provider, but rather, someone who uncovers the health and social resources that the TABI individual may require for 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 and applications are available at http://linksprc.org/ or by calling 907-373-3632.
Christy J Wallace RD LD
Health Program Manager II
Juneau, Alaska 99801