Prospects are good that government-sponsored research and data collection on traumatic brain injury (TBI) will continue now that the US House of Representatives has passed the TBI Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1098). APTA was among the organizations advocating for the bill, and some members were on Capitol Hill when the bill passed as part of an association "fly-in" on rehabilitation research.
The measure was passed by voice vote in the House on June 25, and will now move on to the Senate. If it passes the Senate and is signed into law, the act will provide funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for TBI research and programs supporting individuals with brain injury. APTA applauds the passage of this bill in the House.
Advocacy for the reauthorization is part of a broad APTA push to bring attention to TBI and rehabilitation in general. ATPA's efforts include involvement in the Joining Forces initiative, promotion of the Protecting Student Athletes From Concussions Act (H.R. 3532) (.pdf), participation in a congressional Brain Injury Awareness Day in March, and most recently, the fly-in that allowed APTA members to speak with members of Congress and their staff on the importance of rehabilitation research (see related News story).
APTA provides extensive resources to its members on the role of physical therapy in brain injury treatment and recovery, and offers a TBI webpage that includes continuing education courses and links to other interest groups.
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