BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE ANNOUNCESS CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS FOR THEIR 35TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN JUNE

Professionals working with individuals and their families affected by brain injury are invited to submit proposals that focus on strategies, skill building and practical application

Deadline for submission is February 17, 2017

ALBANY, NY: January 11, 2016 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) announced today their Call for Workshop Proposals for the 35th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference, to be held on June 15-16, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY. BIANYS Annual Conference is attended by hundreds of professionals, brain injury service providers, and consumers from across New York State.

All workshop sessions are 75 minutes long. BIANYS is seeking interactive presentations that focus on strategies, skill building, and practical application, as well as presentations that provide insight into a new or innovative brain injury topic. Deadline for submission is Friday, February 17. Candidates will be notified in March if their workshop proposal has been accepted. Additional information about the program and a complete Call for Workshop Proposals are available at bianys.org.
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BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE ANNOUNCESS PLANS FOR BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH IN MARCH WITH CONTINUATION OF ANNUAL BLUE JEANS FOR BRAIN INJURY CAMPAIGN

Organizations across the state are invited to participate to raise awareness and funds to support the Brain Injury Association of New York State

All monies raised go to support individuals and their families affected by brain injury

ALBANY, NY: January 6, 2016 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) announced today plans for Brain Injury Awareness Month in March including the continuation of their Blue Jeans for Brain Injury Campaign to be held for the third year in a row.

Over the past two years, BIANYS has partnered with dozens of organizations across the state to generate funding to provide programs and services for individuals and their families affected by brain injuries.
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BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE NAMES NEW FACTS COORDINATOR FOR NORTHERN NEW YORK

NORTHERN, N.Y.: December 7, 2016 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families has added Panja Mathis to its FACTS Coordinator team. Mathis will serve the agency’s Northern New York territory.

“We are excited to welcome Panja to our team and are confident that she will excel in her new role,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director of BIANYS. “Her experience and commitment to serving others will further support the quality of services we provide.”
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BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

ALBANY, N.Y.: December 7, 2016 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) announced today the appointment of Kara Granato as Director of Communications. In her role, Granato will oversee the marketing and communications strategy for the agency.

Granato brings an extensive background in non-profit communications having worked in the industry for nearly a decade. She analyzes the branding needs and works with internal teams to ensure that messaging and branding is cohesive. Her experience with event management, strategic communications, brand awareness initiatives, and the development of marketing strategies will also complement her work at the organization.
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BIANYS Mourns Passing of Dedicated Advocate

The BIANYS community was saddened to learn that longtime BIANYS advocate and former board member, David Hughes, has passed away. In addition to his service on the BIANYS Board of Directors, for many years Dave ran the Greater Amsterdam Chapter and support group, and organized a helmet design program for school-aged kids in Fulton, Montgomery, and Schoharie counties. Dave was a familiar presence at conferences and events throughout the region. Dave was a strong advocate for those with brain injury. He consistently assisted with efforts to increase awareness of brain injury and help survivors. Over the years, his talents were tapped to record public service announcements and his wonderful co-narration of the BIANYS documentary Coming Home, stands as a testament to his dedication. Dave’s friendship, humor, and tireless advocacy will be sorely missed.

A memorial celebration will be planned by the family for summer 2017. Dave’s obituary can be read online at http://www.brbsfuneral.com/obituaries/David-Hughes-10/#!/Obituary

NYS Department of Health Releases Waiver Transition Plan

The NYS Department of Health has released a transition plan for the transition of TBI and Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) Medicaid Waiver Programs into Managed Care.

The transition plan is available for download on the DOH website. DOH is seeking comments from the public on this plan until August 24, then will issue responses to those comments and an updated transition plan.Please look at the transition plan and accompanying documents and share any comments with the Department. It is vital that our community share our perspectives with those composing the plan.

BIANYS will have a response to the transition plan soon, and will post that on our website. Please check back for additional information.

Alert: TBI Waiver Participants Receiving Housing Subsidy [Updated]

UPDATE 6/24/16: The Department of Health reports that all payments for housing subsidy and assistance have been sent as of June 23, 2016. If you have any problems, please contact the Department at the number below.

UPDATE 6/20/16: The Department of Health has indicated that the contract has been approved with the housing subsidy contractor and that payments for June and July, plus any late fees incurred by this issue, will be sent this week to landlords of program participants.

Original Message:

BIANYS has learned that there is a problem with the payment process for the TBI Medicaid Waiver Programs’ Housing Subsidy. The Housing Subsidy covers housing and utility payments for qualifying participants. The June payments were not issued to billers due to an issue with the contract for the entity that handles payments.

If you receive the housing subsidy, contact your Service Coordinator for assistance. You, your Service Coordinator, and/or your landlord can speak with Marybeth Gnozzio at the NYS Department of Health at 518-474-5271 for assistance.

Please contact BIANYS at 1-800-444-6443 or 518-459-7911 if you are experiencing a problem due to this housing subsidy issue. We are in contact with Department of Health, other contacts in NYS government, and advocacy organizations to address the issue. We are compiling resources to provide assistance and advocating for a quick resolution to the problem.

We will update this message when more information is available.

BIANYS Applauds Delay of Medicaid Waiver Transition to Managed Care

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION APPLAUDS DECISION TO
PRESERVE EFFECTIVE PROGRAM AND COORDINATED SERVICES,
DELAY TRANSITION TO MANAGED CARE FOR NEW YORKERS WITH BRAIN INJURY

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) today applauded a decision by the State Department of Health (DOH) to delay for one year a plan to move New Yorkers with traumatic brain injury (TBI) into Medicaid managed care programs.
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