What we are working on, looking at, thinking about, and inspired by. 

BIAMD's 5-Thought Friday
Here are the 5 things we thought were worth sharing with you this week:
The infographic above illustrates our activity for this past 
State Fiscal Year of 2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.)

What we've accomplished...

Since June of 2011, BIAMD has been providing waiver support and transitional case management to transition individuals who are eligible to receive the Waiver for Individuals with Brain Injury.  In May 2015, the state expressed interest in BIAMD piloting  an evidence based assessment tool (modeled on a  modified MPAI) to determine the feasibility of better  determining the service needs and eligibility of Marylanders  interested in the Waiver for Individuals with Brain Injury.

The ability to use this  assessment tool opened up additional avenues  for Marylanders with a brain injury to obtain waiver services.  This tool now allows us to further standardize the  application process while allowing us to better discover  Marylanders needing services in heretofore under-served  areas.  

We have been able to assist in the transition of 9 individuals with brain injuries out of long-term care facilities, homelessness, or other inappropriate circumstances. These individuals now live in a home, in their own room, with access to food, fellowship, and appropriate assistance.  This transformational work manifests our mission by providing help, hope, and healing to Maryland's brain injury community. 

What we are watching and thought you might like, too...

Embrace Minds of Different Kinds

Not Your Typical Deli is changing lives and extending opportunities.

We don't focus on the diagnosis here," said Chef W. "We focus on the person. I've never had a better opening team than I've had with these guys. To see the look of pride on their faces is pretty cool."
Trends we're tracking that you might also find interesting...

"In this population-based study of emergency department visits for TBI over an eight-year period, we found that ED visits for TBI are increasing in length of stay and use of ambulatory transport, and involve older populations with more complex co-morbidities. While TBI rates are stable or declining among the vulnerable groups highlighted in this study, these populations remain key targets for focused injury prevention and enhanced surveillance. Clinicians in the ED setting should be cognizant of factors associated with hospital admission following TBI, including male sex, advanced age, multiple co-morbidities, and ambulatory transport."

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

" If ever there was a book that truly could save your life it would be this one. Drs. Rao and Vaishnavi have written a critical manual for parents, family, essentially anyone, to help recognize and explain the warning signs of a TBI. Without visible symptoms, sufferers have long remained silent or been deemed 'crazy,' but this important book not only details the physiological, cognitive and behavioral changes in the brain, it offers hope through treatment."

Bob Woodruff, ABC News Journalist

Quote we are contemplating... 

"Never confuse a SINGLE defeat with a FINAL defeat." 
F. Scott Fitzgerald 
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