The U.S. House of Representatives passed on June 24 a measure to continue funding for a series of programs for researching and assisting people with traumatic brain injury.
The bill, titled the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2013, reauthorizes funding through 2019 for a variety of projects through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state grants through the Health Resources and Services Administration.
The bill also reauthorizes funding for the Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) program, which is used to fund advocacy efforts on behalf of people with TBI.
“As we know in recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of individuals with a traumatic brain injury – particularly because it was the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network, the umbrella organization for the nation’s Protection and Advocacy groups, in a news release. “The needs of people who have had a TBI are complex and cut across a variety of systems of care…The TBI Act provides supports that help coordinate these services, promotes research to address the causes of TBI and help ensure that treatment is more effective.”
The bill’s lead sponsors are Representatives Thomas Rooney (R-FL) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ).
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