Advisory Council on Brain Injuries
March 2016 was Brain Injury Awareness Month
On March 7th, Governor Branstad proclaimed March to be Brain Injury Awareness month in Iowa.
Each year, thousands of Iowans’ lives are changed by brain injuries. A car crash, a fall on the ice, or a hard bump on the head can cause what’s known as ‘traumatic brain injury’ or TBI. Often, the complications of TBI, which include changes in thinking, language, or even general emotions, are often missed. Because of this, TBI is often called a silent epidemic.
Interested in Advocacy and Impacting Systems Change? Join the ACBI!
The Advisory Council on Brain Injuries (ACBI) is continuously recruits for new members, both individuals with lived experience and professionals, to join the council. Terms are for two years and members are expected to participate in quarterly in person meetings; phone based meetings may also be required periodically for work on special projects.
To apply, complete an online application or download the paper application below and send to: Gubernatorial Appointments, Governor's Office, State Capital, Des Moines, IA 50319.
Who We Are
In 1989, the Iowa Legislature established the Advisory Council on Head Injuries. The council was created in response to the needs of Iowans with head injuries for a comprehensive service delivery system. Since its creation, the name has appropriately changed and is now called the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries. Voting members of the council are appointed by the governor and serve two-year terms. Ex-Officio Members are non-voting representatives of state government departments that have relationships to brain injury.
The Mission of the Advisory Council is to:
The council’s mission is to represent individuals with brain injury, their families, and all Iowans through advocacy, education, training, rehabilitation, research and prevention. By means of these efforts, the council brings about awareness to others and services as a source of hope and healing to survivors of brain injury. The council will accomplish this mission through the following activities:
- Studying the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families.
- Making recommendations regarding the planning, development, and administration of a comprehensive statewide service delivery system.
- Promoting and implementing injury prevention strategies.
- Governor's appointed boards and commissions - Advisory Council on Brain Injuries View current list of board members and access application to apply for appointment to this council. Applications are accepted year round and appointments are announced in June of each year. Appointed members serve two year terms.
- Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa (BIA-IA) informational site, funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health's Brain Injury Program. Funds are provided through the Administration for Community Living's TBI Grant Program and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
- Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) informational site, funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health's Brain Injury Program. Funds are provided through the Administration for Community Living's TBI Grant Program and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
- HCBS Brain Injury Waiver - Learn more about Iowa's Home and Community Based waivers, including the Brain Injury Waiver. Many waiver programs currently have waiting lists; to learn more click the subheading "HCBS Waiver Waiting List Information."
- Home and Community Based Services Brain Injury Training Modules This course (or equivalent) is required for HCBS/BI waiver service provision.
Iowa State Plan for Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury Surveillance Reports
Other TBI Websites of Interest