BIANYS Moving their Albany Offices

Albany, NY – The Brain Injury Association of New York State will move their offices from 4 Pine West Plaza to 5 Pine West Plaza on June 29, 2021.

After the COVID-19 pause, the Association decided to downsize offices and transition employees to remote. This move will allow for cost savings, which will be invested back into BIANYS’ programs and services.

For more information, please reach out to info@bianys.org or 518-459-7911.

Address information:

Brain Injury Association of New York State
5 Pine West Plaza, Suite 506
Albany, NY 12205
info@bianys.org
www.bianys.org
Main: 518-459-7911
Helpline: 1-800-444-6443
Fax: 518-482-5285

BIANYS 2021 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND MEDICAL SYMPOSIUM

The Brain Injury Association of New York State’s Annual Conference and Medical Symposium will be virtual for 2021!

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is thrilled to host our Annual Conference and Medical Symposium virtually again for 2021! We can not wait to be back together again in person for 2022. Until then we want to be sure to have a safe environment for all to enjoy on June 9, 10 and 11.

June 9 and 10 will feature our Annual Conference, providing learning opportunities for all: brain injury survivors, caregivers, brain injury service providers and professionals.  James B. Durham, III, TBI Survivor and Founder of TBI One Love will serve as keynote speaker. There will be presentations, panel discussions and more. This event will be hosted on the Pheedloop platform and is presented by Goldblatt & Associates, PC.

We invite you to get a first look at industry trends and information to support and serve New York’s brain injury community.

The Medical Symposium, held on June 11, will focus on brain injury rehabilitation in 2021 and what it looks like in this new landscape. Join our expert presenters to learn about COVID and its impacts on brain injury and treatments. This exciting day of learning is geared toward professionals in the brain injury community and those seeking a deeper understanding of what brain injury survivors face today.

“We have all learned so much in the last year about how to be sure we at BIANYS are there for our brain injury community. We are improving our knowledge daily and learning how to do things differently and better. This year we will bring you our Annual Conference and Medical Symposium virtually once again. We are so excited about the improvements on the platform and the incredible presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors that have helped make this virtual conference amazing,” said Eileen Reardon, BIANYS Executive Director. “We hope that next year we will once again all be together to celebrate the brain injury community.”

Thanks to the generous support and commitment of our sponsors, BIANYS can continue hosting this important conference for our brain injury survivors, their families, caregivers and professionals.

Those interested in participating in the Annual Conference and Medical Symposium can visit here for more information.

Contact information:

Brain Injury Association of New York State
4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 402
Albany, NY 12205
info@bianys.org
www.bianys.org
Main: 518-459-7911
Helpline: 1-800-444-6443
Fax: 518-482-5285

BIANYS Press Release: BIANYS Applauds New York State Legislature & Governor for the Inclusion of Language to Keep the TBI & NHTD Waivers Out of Medicaid Managed Care

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The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) applauds members of the New York State Legislature for including language in their budget bills to protect the individuals who depend on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) Waiver Programs. The budget bill that was signed by Governor Cuomo prevents waivered New Yorkers from being placed into the managed care programs until 2026.

Individuals on the New York State TBI Waiver are individuals of high need and require multiple individualized and specialized services. Barry Dain, President of BIANYS said that “for nearly 25 years the New York State TBI Waiver program has maintained a palette of support for a unique group of individuals that has paved a path towards independent living and choice.” The waiver enables individuals to live and thrive in the least restrictive environment and was created as an alternative to nursing home placements. The services consist of medical, behavioral, cognitive and social needs to remain safely in the community (which is a cost saving measure by keeping highly vulnerable individuals out of institutions). Managed care has demonstrated they do not have the capacity to effectively manage these individuals in the community as the services are beyond the scope of managed care. Moving individuals into managed care would create disruption and potential loss of services, putting this community at risk for nursing home placements and an increase in emergency room visits.

“We greatly appreciate the Legislature’s continued support for the needs of individuals with brain injury in New York, particularly those who receive services under the TBI and NHTD Waiver Programs. These essential Medicaid programs provide specialized services and protections that keep them safe and functioning in the community and avoid institutional placement,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director of BIANYS.

BIANYS supports the continuation of the Waivers separate from Managed Care because our current system works, and it is in the best interest to the waiver recipients. We look forward to continued collaboration with the Department of Health to ensure these valuable supports remain accessible to the Brain injury Community.

For more information contact:
Christina LeBeau
Director of Advocacy and Engagement
clebeau@bianys.org
518-459-7911

BIANYS Staff Return to the Office

BIANYS staff will be returning to their brick and mortar offices on Monday, September 14, 2020. As we transition back to an in person work environment, we’re excited to once again be together, though things will look a little different. We are implementing a “swing” schedule with half of staff in the office one week, while half work at home. As with the transition that we made in March to a totally virtual work environment, there will be no interruption in programs and services.

There will also be a strict visitor policy in place at our offices to keep everyone safe and comply with rules put forth by New York State. Please familiarize yourself with the policy as there are certain requirements for all visitors to abide by.

All BIANYS events will remain virtual through the end of 2020. In person Chapter and Support Group meetings will occur in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidelines. Please contact Margo Singer and 518-459-7911 for updated information.

FACTS Coordinators continue to provide advocacy and support both remotely and in person as determined by the Director of Family Services. They will be following regional health and safety guidelines as well New York State Department of Health guidelines when making determinations about in person meetings and following all safety protocols.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of staff, clients and our families. BIANYS remains flexible and vigilant as we navigate our way through these uncharted waters. No matter what, we’re always open and here for New York’s brain injury survivors, caregivers and professionals.

Contact information:

Brain Injury Association of New York State
4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 402
Albany, NY 12205
info@bianys.org
www.bianys.org
Main: 518-459-7911
Helpline: 1-800-444-6443
Fax: 518-482-5285

 

Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

BIANYS Press Release: March On for Brain Injury Moves Online

Annual event will honor the contributions of Brian D. Greenwald, M.D.

Albany, NY — Supporters from across New York State and the country are participating in March On for Brain Injury on Saturday, September 12, an annual event hosted by the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS). Normally, hundreds of walkers gather in four locations around the state for a day of fun and activity, but this year the event will be completely online so everyone can stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BIANYS is pleased to spotlight Brian D. Greenwald, M.D., as the Statewide Medical Honoree. Dr. Greenwald has made significant contributions through his decades of service and commitment to brain injury survivors in the field of rehabilitation. He is currently the Medical Director at the Center for Brain Injuries and the Associate Medical Director of Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison, New Jersey. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Core Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. Learn more about Dr. Greenwald here.

“We are thankful that BIANYS has recognized Dr. Greenwald’s commitment to advancing what’s possible not just for our patients with brain injuries but for patients everywhere,” said Sara Cuccurullo, M.D., Medical Director of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. “Dr. Greenwald and the Center for Brain Injuries is researching innovative treatments to improve outcomes so people with brain injuries can live their best lives.”

The online program will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 12. Anyone can participate by making a donation at marchon.bianys.org, taking video and/or pictures of their walks and posting them to social media using the #MarchOn2020 and #WhatsYourWalk tags. These posts will be part of the program on September 12 and will be shared by BIANYS.

BIANYS COVID-19 Update June 2020

We’re still here and stronger than ever. So much has changed around New York and continues to change one region at a time. As a statewide organization, we strive to bring brain injury survivors, caregivers and professionals together, to be a touchstone for the community and the voice of brain injury.

This is and always will be the case, it will just look a little different now.

All BIANYS events will be virtual through the end of 2020. This includes the March On for Brain Injury family fun walk, the Journey of Hope Gala, the Annual Conference and Professional Symposium.

All BIANYS-affiliated in person Support Groups and in person Chapter meetings will be virtual, where available through September 7, 2020 (Labor Day). Please check with individual support group leaders or your Chapter Chair for details.

For our in-person, now virtual events, here’s what we know:

  • The March On for Brain Injury family fun walk will take place virtually around the state on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Staff are working diligently to organize a fun, inclusive, interactive event that brings the community together. Follow us on social media and go to bianys.org for more information in the coming weeks.
  • The Annual Conference, originally scheduled for June 10-11, is postponed to a one-day virtual conference taking place on Friday, October 16, 2020. We are working to determine how best to bring this event to the brain injury community.
  • The Journey of Hope Gala will take place virtually on November 5, 2020.
  • The Medical Symposium, originally scheduled for June 12, is postponed. BIANYS will be hosting a virtual Medical Symposium on Friday, December 4, 2020. More details will be available in coming months.

At this time, all BIANYS staff continue to work from home and are available to help you with questions about brain injury resources and information. The FACTS Program and its coordinators continue to manage their caseloads and provide consultations and intakes for potential clients.

If you need information or resources about brain injury, or have questions about events, please call us at 518-459-7911 or email info@bianys.org.

We are so proud to be part of such a supportive community. Your support is more important now than it ever was- please consider making a donation or becoming a member today.

The health and well-being of our supporters, staff and families is our number one priority. The decision to switch to virtual events was not an easy one, and we recognize how disappointed some of you are. We will be together again one day.

BIANYS COVID-19 Events & Meetings Update

So here we are- it’s Spring, April is almost over and New Yorkers continue to do the right thing by banding together to stop the spread of COVID-19. If we stick with it, we’ll see the other side of the pandemic soon and be stronger than ever.

All BIANYS staff continue to work from home and are available to help you with questions about brain injury resources and information. The FACTS Program and its coordinators continue to teach us the best ways to stay on task at home, manage their clients, and provide consultations and intakes for potential clients. As for BIANYS’ events, here’s what we know:

  • All BIANYS-affiliated in-person support groups and in-person Chapter meetings are cancelled through May 31. Some Chapters and support groups are meeting by telephone or video; please check with individual support group leaders or your Chapter Chair for details.
  • The Annual Conference, originally scheduled for June 10-11, is postponed. We are working to determine how and if we are able to bring this event to the brain injury community at a later date.
  • The Medical Symposium, originally scheduled for June 12, is postponed. BIANYS will be hosting a virtual Medical Symposium on Friday, December 4, 2020. More details will be available in coming months.

Other events such as the March On for Brain Injury (September 12 & 26) and Journey of Hope Gala (November 5) are still on the calendar, but BIANYS staff are also preparing for these events to be virtual if public health and government authorities deem it unsafe to gather for in-person events.

The health and well-being of our supporters, staff and families remains our number one priority in these difficult and uncertain times.

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

We are so proud to be part of such a supportive community. Your support is now more important than it ever was- please consider making a gift or becoming a member today.

We will meet again. Until then, stay home and take good care of yourselves.

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.