Ohio – The Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
at The Ohio State
University Wexner Medical Center has been named as the designated lead agency
for planning and policy related to brain injury for the state of Ohio. The
Brain Injury Program will hold its first meeting at the Ohio Union from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on Oct. 24.
at the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, the Brain Injury Program was
transferred to Ohio State with the signing of the budget bill by Gov. John
Kasich earlier this year.
“The Brain Injury Program is charged with improving access to
quality services for Ohio families and survivors of brain injury,” said OVC
Director John Corrigan, director
of the division of rehabilitation psychology and a professor in the Department
of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ohio State University.
“The program will promote
coordination of services, explore options for new service delivery option, and establish
the basis a traumatic brain injury surveillance system to collect information
on the incidence and prevalence of brain injury in Ohio,” Corrigan said.
The Brain Injury Program also seeks
to promote practices that will reduce the incidence of brain injury, develop
training programs for professionals to better understand brain injury, and expand
resources for survivors and families with brain injury.
“We will initially be emphasizing
three high-priority public health issues: childhood traumatic brain injury
(TBI) particularly concussions in sports, support for living in the community
versus in institutions, and the needs of service members who have experienced
TBI,” Corrigan said.
in 1992 at Ohio State, the OVC has developed research and community education
efforts that have resulted in better assessment and treatment of this patient population.
Substance abuse treatment is a key research focus, along with treating other
problem behaviors, and measuring long-term outcomes from brain injury.
Brain Injury Program for Ohio is advised by the Brain Injury Advisory Committee
(BIAC) which is composed of directors of state departments or their designees
and 12 additional members who will be appointed for two-year renewable terms by
Dr. Charles Lockwood, dean of Ohio
State’s College of Medicine.
the past year, the BIAC evaluated several potential new “homes” for the Brain
Injury Program in Ohio, based on the Health Resources and Services
Administration benchmarks. By unanimous committee approval, the BIAC
recommended that the administrative responsibility for the Ohio Brain Injury
Program be transferred to Ohio State.
State’ Wexner Medical Center has the expertise, talent and scope of practice to
efficiently administer the Brain Injury Program, which will ultimately help
prevent, and improve the outcomes of Ohioans with these unfortunate injuries,”
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Eileen Scahill, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations,
614-293-3737, or Eileen.Scahill@osumc.edu