BIANYS COVID-19 Update

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, we are reminded of the need to take care of our community, our families, ourselves and the broader public. A few weeks ago, we had to make the difficult but necessary decision to cancel all BIANYS-affiliated support groups and Chapter meetings until April 6. Now, we are announcing that all BIANYS-affiliated support groups, Chapter meetings and events are cancelled through the end of May 2020.

The health and well-being of our supporters, staff and families is our number one priority. At this time, all BIANYS staff are working from home. We anticipate no interruption of regular business – we’re still here to take your calls and answer your questions. Our FACTS Program is still up and running, doing intakes and consultations by phone and video call.

Anyone needing information or resources about brain injury, or with questions about future events, please call us at 518-459-7911 or email info@bianys.org.

You are not alone.

As to the Annual Conference and Medical Symposium currently scheduled for June 10-12 in Saratoga Springs, we can say that we will follow the directives of state, local and federal leaders and will be evaluating the situation as it evolves. Updates will be posted to our website and social media channels.

We are so proud to be part of such a supportive community during times like these. If you would like to support the work of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, you can make a gift on our website.

Stay healthy, stay home and take good care of yourselves.

BIANYS Event Cancelations

The World Health Organization has declared Coronavirus, also called COVID-19, a pandemic. In light of this, the Brain Injury Association of New York State has decided to cancel all appearances and events for March, as well as the Oneonta Meet & Greet scheduled for April 6. We have been monitoring the situation very closely, and will be evaluating if future events will occur as new information becomes available.

We do not take this decision lightly and are in constant communication with our staff around the state, our Board of Directors and other stakeholders to determine the most responsible course of action.

Canceled events include all BIANYS-affiliated Support Groups and all Chapter meetings, as well as Brain Injury Advocacy Day that was to take place on March 25. The Meet & Greet scheduled for April 6 in Oneonta is also canceled. We understand how important these events are to the brain injury community, especially Support Groups and Chapters. Our number one priority is and always will be the well-being of brain injury survivors, caregivers, professionals and our staff and families.

Unfortunately, this means that BIANYS staff scheduled for awareness events and in-person training around the state are no longer available to attend. Again, BIANYS leadership will be monitoring the situation closely and making decisions about April and beyond as information develops.

All digital learning and webinars will go forward as planned.

BIANYS staff will be reaching out to any training sites to talk about possible virtual trainings and other options. Please follow us on social media and check our website for information on other opportunities for policy advocacy and training.

If you have questions, please call our main office at 518-459-7911 or email info@bianys.org.

Brain Injury Association of New York State Releases 2019 Legislative & Administrative Priorities

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The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to present our 2019 Legislative and Administrative Priorities.  New Yorkers with brain injuries face many obstacles on their journey to recovery, often falling through the cracks of the health care system when their injuries are misdiagnosed and misunderstood.  BIANYS advocates for brain injury survivors so that everyone has access to the services they need, and we look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to ensure that the needs of survivors are met.  Our 2019 policy advocacy efforts will focus on:

  • Continuum of Care for People with a Traumatic Brain Injury: New Yorkers with brain injuries deserve to get the help they need from the time of their injury to the time they integrate back into their community. BIANYS is proposing legislation that will enhance prevention and outreach, treatment and rehabilitation, and support services.
  • Amend the 2011 New York State Concussion Management Awareness Act: BIANYS will work to gain amendments to the CMAA that focus on identifying and implementing paths to achieving a successful Return-to-Life for all New Yorkers that have sustained a concussion. We will also work to achieve amendments that will make the CMAA more inclusive to all New Yorkers with brain injuries.
  • Establish a Brain Injury Trust Fund: New Yorkers with brain injuries need specialized services, which come at a hefty cost and are often not covered by insurance. BIANYS will work to establish a Brain Injury Trust Fund as a payor of last resort for brain injury survivors in need.

“BIANYS is committed to improving the lives of New York’s brain injury survivors through improved access to treatment and rehabilitation.  These policy priorities will go a long way to making sure that they are empowered to make their own decisions and have access to the support they need to do so,” said Eileen Reardon, BIANYS Executive Director.

BIANYS is looking forward to working with brain injury survivors, caregivers and family members, along with other advocates and elected officials on these and other issues as the legislative session continues.  Please visit bianys.org for additional information.

PROFESSIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND BRAIN INJURY CONFERENCE RETURNS TO SARATOGA SPRINGS JUNE 12-14

Professional Symposium to feature presentations from leading medical professionals on childhood brain injury

36th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference will feature Keynote Speaker award-winning reporter and anchor for ABC7NY top-rated Eyewitness News Diana Williams

Annual award recipients whom have made a significant impact on the brain injury community to be announced at the Annual Meeting during the conference

SARATOGA, NY: May 29, 2018 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS)a non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries announces the return of their popular Professional Symposium and Brain Injury Conference to the Spa City.  The Professional Symposium and Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference will return to the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY on June 12-14, 2018. Professionals, brain injury service providers and survivors from across the state are invited to get a first look at industry trends and information to better support and serve individuals and their families impacted by brain injury.

Now in its 36th year, the organization’s one-day symposium and two-day conference will feature nearly two dozen sessions led by top medical professionals and brain injury survivors, interactive panel discussions and the opportunity to network with professionals in the field of brain injury.   The conference will also feature an exciting keynote address by Diana Williams, award-winning reporter and anchor for ABC7NY top-rated Eyewitness News.

Williams’ son, an F-22 fighter pilot, sustained a severe brain injury in an accident that almost took his life. Williams will address the audience with her story “Halfway There” describing her son’s traumatic brain injury and her family’s steep learning curve through the recovery process.

“Our Professional Symposium and Annual Conference are signature events for the organization,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director for the Brain Injury Association of New York State. “Annually, this event draws hundreds of survivors, family members and leading medical professionals with different backgrounds.  They come together, engage with one another and walk away with a greater understanding of this diverse population. Diana William’s personal story and her family’s TBI journey to recovery is truly inspirational and will definitely leave a lasting impression with those that join us for the event.”

In conjunction with the Annual Conference, BIANYS will be holding their annual meeting on Thursday, June 14 at 12 p.m.  The organization will elect its officers and vote on terms for the 2018-19 BIANYS Board of Directors.  Installation will begin promptly at 12 p.m.

Following the meeting, the organization will also announce its annual award recipients all whom have made a significant lasting impact on the brain injury community.

Registration Details
Registration is still open for the Professional Symposium and the 36th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference, which will take place at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, June 12 through Thursday, June 14, 2018.

BIANYS Annual Conference and Professional Symposium is made possible with the longstanding support of: Goldblatt & Associates, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and New York State Department of Health. With additional support from: Avanir, Advocate Homecare, Belvedere Health Services, J&G Associates, Mount Sinai Hospital, Northeast Center for Rehabilitation & Brain Injury, Queens Nassau Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Rusk Rehabilitation Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Park Terrace Care Center. This project was also supported, in part by grant number 90TBSG0009 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.

For more information or to register, visit www.bianys.org.

BIANYS INVITES PUBLIC TO ANNUAL MEETING – TO BE HELD AT THE 36TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN JUNE

SARATOGA, N.Y.: May 22, 2018 –  The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), a non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families, announced today they will be holding their annual meeting at the upcoming “One Voice for Brain Injury” Annual Conference on June 14 at 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga, N.Y.

The organization will elect its officers and introduce the incoming Board Members for the 2018-19 BIANYS Board of Directors.  Installation will begin promptly at 12 p.m.

2018-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Barry Dain
President

Cindy Dott **
1st Vice President

Robert C. Gundersen
Treasurer 

Kaiti Pierce
Secretary

Elizabeth Curtiss**
Judy DeIasi
Ira Dunne**
Kenneth Goldblatt, Esq.
Andrew Hess, PhD
Mary Hibbard, PhD
Emerald Lin, MD
Kelly J. Mikullitz, Esq.
Joyce Norman**
John Kirkwood
John Quinan
Andrew Siegel, Esq.

**Indicates District Board Members.  Each of these members is elected by BIANYS members to represent one of the six districts in New York State.

The meeting is open to the public.  Individuals interested in attending the annual meeting must RSVP by Friday, June 8, 2018 to 518-459-7911.

BIANYS Annual Conference and Professional Symposium is made possible with the longstanding support of: Goldblatt & Associates, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and New York State Department of Health. With additional support from: Avanir, Advocate Homecare, Belvedere Health Services, J&G Associates, Mount Sinai Hospital, Northeast Center for Rehabilitation & Brain Injury, Queens Nassau Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Rusk Rehabilitation Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Park Terrace Care Center. This project was also supported, in part by grant number 90TBSG0009 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.

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The 36th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference June 13-14, 2018
This two-day conference, which is open to professionals, brain injury service providers and survivors will contain a variety of workshops including: professional presentations, panel discussions as well as delivery of personal testimonials from brain injury survivors and their family members. This year’s conference will feature Keynote Speaker Diana Williams, award-winning reporter and anchor for ABC7NY top-rated Eyewitness News.

About the Brain Injury Association of New York State
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families, and promotes prevention.  Established in 1982, BIANYS provides education, advocacy and community support services that lead to improved outcomes for children and adults with brain injuries.

 

NYC Support Group Cancellations

There are two cancellations for BIANYS support groups this week. The BIANYS monthly support group scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Brooklyn Center for Independence is cancelled for tomorrow. The group that meets at St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church on Christopher Street in Manhattan on Thursday evening is also cancelled. The groups will meet at their regularly scheduled time in May. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Thank you to all who advocated for brain injury services during Advocacy Day and the budget negotiation period

We are happy to share that the 2018-19 NYS Budget included a delay of the transition of the TBI and NHTD Medicaid Waiver programs into Managed Long Term Care until 2022. This means that individuals with brain injury currently on the Waiver programs will continue to receive services until at least 2022.

Additionally, the Executive’s proposal to increase the qualifying assessment level on the Uniform Assessment System (UAS) was rejected by the Legislature and has not been included as part of the Budget.

These were the main issues that advocates discussed at our recent Brain Injury Advocacy Day on March 20. Thank you to all who participated, contacted their Legislators, shared their personal stories, and made sure that the Budget negotiations addressed these important issues.

We want to thank our supporters in the NYS Senate and Assembly and Governor Cuomo for protecting services for New Yorker residents who are impacted by brain injury. We also thank every person who continues to fight alongside us. Together, we truly showed that brain injury is a significant health and social issue deserving support and recognition.

POPULAR PROFESSIONAL SYMPOSIUM RETURNS TO SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK THIS JUNE

Annual Symposium to return to Holiday Inn Tuesday, June 12 featuring new format and theme focused on childhood brain injury

Education Units (CEU’s) for Certified Brain Injury Specialists and other professionals as well as Contact Hours for Social Work will be provided to attendees

Live stream options available for those who are unable to attend the in-person presentations

SARATOGA, N.Y.: March 8, 2018 –  The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) announced today the return of the Professional Symposium to Saratoga Springs, New York on June 12. This year, the Professional Symposium will feature a new format and theme focusing on milestones in childhood brain injury.

“We are thrilled about the schedule for this year’s Professional Symposium,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director for the Brain Injury Association of New York State. “We have leading medical professionals from across the state addressing milestones in childhood brain injury with a focus on a map to recovery. Brain injury is complex, often impacting physical and cognitive abilities.   It is extremely important for professionals working in this field or with children in any capacity to understand the complexity of the issues.”

Professionals and specialists in the fields of brain injury medicine and rehabilitation will come together to learn about advances in treatment, network with other professionals and gain access to cutting-edge research and information.  The new format will also provide an opportunity for educators, athletic trainers ­­­­­­and other professionals working with youth to gain knowledge about childhood brain injury and how to navigate healthcare systems during different stages in the individual recovery process.

This live program will feature four modules focusing on the following presentation topics: Youth Rehabilitation; Transitioning to School; Success in School and Transitioning to Adult Services and Supports. Live stream options are available for those who are unable to attend the in-person presentations.

Conference and Training Details
Registration is now open for the Professional Symposium and the organization’s 36th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference.  Both events will take place at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York beginning Tuesday, June 12 through Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Exhibitor booth and underwriter opportunities are still available by contacting Erica Rossin by phone at 518-459-7911 or via email at erossin@bianys.org.

BIANYS ANNOUNCES AWARD-WINNING REPORTER AND ANCHOR DIANA WILLIAMS AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR 36TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ALBANY, N.Y.: March 6, 2018 –  Diana Williams, award-winning reporter and anchor for ABC7NY top-rated Eyewitness News, has been named the keynote speaker for the 36th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference.  Williams will address the audience with her story “Halfway There” describing her son’s traumatic brain injury and her steep learning curve through the recovery process.

Williams’ son, an F-22 fighter pilot, sustained a severe brain injury in an accident that almost took his life. Williams will share how his injury impacted her entire family.

Registration is now open for the event, which will be hosted at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York on Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14. Professionals, brain injury service providers and consumers from across the state are invited to get a first look at industry trends and information to better support and serve individuals and their families affected by brain injury across New York State.

Williams joined the Eyewitness News Team in 1991. Before that she worked at WNEV-TV in Boston, after starting her career at WBTV-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. Throughout her journalism career, Williams has covered important stories ranging from the troubles in Northern Ireland to undocumented immigrant crossings along the Mexican border. She reported from Haiti on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that ravaged the island nation. Noted for her calm, professional manner during a crisis, she anchored coverage on September 11th during the critical early hours following the attack on the World Trade Center.

“We are thrilled to host Diana Williams at this year’s Conference,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director for the Brain Injury Association of New York State. “Her personal story told through the eyes of a caregiver will surely resonate with many that attend our conference.  Her family’s TBI journey to recovery is truly inspirational and really reminds us that this type of injury can happen anywhere, anytime to anyone.”

This two-day conference, which is open to professionals, brain injury service providers and consumers will contain a variety of workshops including: professional presentations; panel discussions; and personal testimonials from brain injury survivors and their family members.  New this year, the conference will feature optional evening leisure activities for attendees.

Pricing is $300 for BIANYS members and $350 for non-members.  Scholarships opportunities are available for current members.  Deadline for submission is April 20, 2018.

Exhibitor booth and underwriter opportunities are available by contacting Erica Rossin by phone at 518-459-7911 or via email at erossin@bianys.org.

For more information on Diana Williams story, visit www.facebook.com/dianawilliams.abc7ny.