Our state legislature is divided into two separate bodies: the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly. We are each represented by one State Senator and one State Assembly member, each determined by your address.

These elected officials like to be contacted by email or telephone. Or, you can contact their local office and ask for a meeting with the elected official or relevant staff member.

When you call, do the following:

  • Introduce yourself and tell them that you are a constituent and a member of the Brain Injury Association of NYS.
  • Briefly mention your relationship to brain injury (i.e.: that you have a brain injury; that a family member has a brain injury; you are a provider; you are a professional in the field etc.)
  • You are calling because there are a number of issues of concern to the brain injury community that you would like your Senator/Assembly Member to be aware of.

What to Talk About

Below are some ideas of what to say. The most important thing is that you contact your elected officials and let them know what you think. Do not assume they know anything about your issue: be prepared to educate your representative.

Some talking points are:

BIANYS has a number of public policy priorities for which you would like their support:

  • Protect the TBI and NHTD Waiver Programs from being moved into Managed Care. (Resources to advocate on this topic are posted on the Managed Care page of this website)
  • Support efforts to amend NY law to create an Office of Brain Injury – Senate bill 4970A-2015 / Assembly Bill 1437A-2015
  • Creating a Brain Injury Trust Fund in NYS to provide more funding for brain injury services (Assembly bill 4599- 2015)
  • Creating a brain injury registry to capture better the number of New Yorkers who sustain a brain injury, and to better link them with services

Express concern that New York State is not living up to their statutory requirements as set forth in the TBI Act of 1994. Note the lack of a statewide call center addressing the needs of the brain injury community.

  • Tell them that you would be happy to provide additional information (BIANYS will help).
  • You hope you can count on their support.
  • New Yorkers with brain injuries are counting on them.

Ending the call

  • Be sure to thank them for their time and interest.
  • Send a follow-up thank you email or note.

Please share information about your efforts and any responses with BIANYS staff.