CNI Grant on Crisis Intervention Services: Michelle Witt of Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery
Michelle Witt, Executive Director of Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery discussed the possibility of scheduling a workshop for state providers to look at brain injury specific crisis response in the Commonwealth.
reviewed Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery's
Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund grant's purpose and briefly touched on the outcomes achieved through the grant regarding crisis response time for individuals with a brain injury in the greater Harrisonburg area (including Augusta and Rockingham counties).
also referenced Brain Injury Services, Inc.
in Northern Virginia as having similar issues in regard to response time for those individuals with a brain injury who are in crisis.
asked for questions and suggestions on the idea of bringing together providers for a statewide forum to share lessons learned and encouraged Council members to contact her
with further comments/ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-568-8923.
Virginia Alliance of Brain Injury Service Providers: Michelle Witt, Chair
Michelle Witt, Chair of the Virginia Alliance of Brain Injury Service Providers, presented the Alliance's legislative agenda for the upcoming General Assembly.
provided background on the Alliance: a network of providers in Virginia, most of them primarily state-funded organizations that provide case management (adult and pediatric), clubhouse/day programs, or regional resource coordination.
One of the goals of the Alliance is to work collaboratively with the Brain Injury Association of Virginia
(BIAV) to secure funds for services in the Commonwealth by educating General Assembly members on the need of Virginians
with brain injury. (BIAV is an Alliance member and is the statewide educational advocacy organization for brain injury.) Ms. Witt
reviewed the Alliance's 2012 Legislative Agenda
reminded those in attendance that they could lobby and write letters to their legislators to support this legislative agenda as citizens of the Commonwealth; however, they cannot "lobby" as members of, or on behalf of, the Virginia Brain Injury Council
(this was confirmed and emphasized by Kristie Chamberlain, staff to the Council).
encouraged them to send letters by the close of November 4, 2011 so that it has a greater chance of having an impact on the Governor's proposed budget.
provided two handouts (attached to these meeting minutes).
will also send an e-mail of a template of a "citizen letter" to Council members.