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BIAMD's #5ThoughtsFriday -  01/20 /2017
Here are the 5 things we thought were worth sharing with you this week:
5)  File this under, audacious goals CAN be realistic goals...

CLEMSON - Clemson University is initiating a new tuition-assistance program that will attract incoming student athletes with neurological impairments who want to continue playing soccer during their collegiate careers.

The program will provide two in-state tuition waivers per year for four years to select students with impairments including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and stroke.

The waivers beginning in fall 2017 will ease the monetary burden of higher education and get athletes more consistent training time on the field with other athletes with disabilities. The program was initiated by Skye Arthur-Banning, associate professor in Clemson's  He said a program like this can deliver an option that simply didn't exist for players who feel like they were held back by their disabilities.

To read more about this innovative initiative,  CLICK HERE. 
4) The Maryland Behavioral Health Advisory Council (BHAC) needs your help to improve clinical crisis walk-in services and mobile crisis teams...

Please Take 5 Minutes to take BHAC's survey

The Maryland Behavioral Health Advisory Council (BHAC) has been working to implement the requirements of Senate Bill 551, which was Coalition priority legislation enacted earlier in 2016 requiring the development of a strategic plan for ensuring the statewide 24/7 availability of clinical crisis walk-in services and mobile crisis teams.

As an initial step in the process, the BHAC Executive Committee has developed a survey to gather certain information from interested stakeholders and the public at-large. This survey will inform an environmental scan being performed by a consultant to the project. The questions have been designed to generate feedback related to the availability of clinical crisis walk-in services and mobile crisis teams and to help identify priorities that will be used to guide decision-making as we work to expand these services.

Please help to spread the word and encourage your networks to take and share the survey!  The more information we gather, the better we'll be able to tailor the strategic plan to the needs of the community.

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Martin, Director of Public Policy, Mental Health Association of Maryland at (443) 901-1550 or at dmartin@mhamd.org .

Thank you!
3) So Many Awesome Sessions, You'll have trouble picking...

"Partners in Progress" on March 23-24, 2017,  is a multi-track neuro- conference focusing on issues related to: individuals with brain injury and family members, children and adolescents in the school system, advocacy, and professional and clinical training. The purpose of the two-day conference is to provide state-of-the-art information about brain injury treatment, services, research, and advocacy , and to improve collaboration and networking between individuals with brain injury, families and professionals.

2)  What we're reading that you might enjoy ...

When Hazel Nash was six years old, her father taught her: mysteries need to be solved. He should know. Hazel's father is Jack Nash, the host of America's favorite conspiracy TV show, The House of Secrets.

Even as a child, she loved hearing her dad's tall tales, especially the one about a leather book belonging to Benedict Arnold that was hidden in a corpse.

Now, years later, Hazel wakes up in the hospital and remembers nothing, not even her own name. She's told she's been in a car accident that killed her father and injured her brother. But she can't remember any of it, because of her own traumatic brain injury. 

Then a man from the FBI shows up, asking questions about her dad-and about his connection to the corpse of a man found with an object stuffed into his chest: a priceless book that belonged to Benedict Arnold.

(If you decide to buy it, don't forget to use Amazon Smile and select the Brain Injury Association of Maryland as your donation beneficiary.) 
1)  Quote we are contemplating... 

"Worry a lit bit everyday, and in a lifetime, you will lose a couple of years.  If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself NOT to worry. Worry never fixes anything."

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