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 http://www.alaskabraininjury.net/
and forms are available here:
Dee Grubbs – TABI Programs
Tabi Program Manager
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Suzanne Mittlestadt – TABI Grants
Health Program Manager II
Juneau, Alaska 99801