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July 2020

Save the Date
BIAPA Virtual Annual Meeting
Followed by Coffee House
Thursday, October 15, 2020 

3:00  p.m.

2020 Conference Update

The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA), is pleased to announce our 20th Annual  Conference will be held as a virtual Education Series over a span of 6 months, to bring you the high quality Conference content the Conference Committee and speakers worked so hard to prepare prior to the onset of COVID-19. It is our hope that presenting this year's Educational Series virtually will make it available to even more people - including rehabilitation professionals, family members, and people who have experienced brain injury. Presentations will include a focus on cognitive functioning, neurobehavioral treatment, memory, fatigue, employment, intimacy, sleep, fitness, domestic violence, quality of life, and caregiver issues. The Educational Series will include two presentations per month from November 5, 2020 through April 22, 2021. Continuing education credits will be awarded.  Registration details will be announced soon. Also, please reserve next year's Conference dates, June 27-29, 2021, when we hope to be able to resume our in-person Conference at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.

Pennsylvania's Work in Juvenile Justice Recognized Nationally

On June 26th, Julie Myers of the PA Department of Health, Monica Vaccaro and MJ Schmidt of BIAPA, presented a webinar titled "Brain Injury in Juvenile Justice: Information and Implications for Juvenile Service Providers". This webinar was sponsored by the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS) and reached a national audience of juvenile service professionals from across the United States. The webinar discussed the impact of often unidentified brain injuries on justice-involved youth and  is part of a collaboration with JPNS to develop and adopt a National Position Statement on Brain Injury. This work, including providing technical assistance to juvenile service providers across the state of Pennsylvania, is funded by TBI State Implementation Partnership Grant SAP#4100081563 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL). You can view webinar here.

Nominations for 2020 CoBI Awards

This article is submitted by the Council on Brain Injury, BIAPA Corporate Partner.

It's time to make nominations for the 2020 Council on Brain Injury (CoBI) Awards!

Each year, CoBI awards an individual who shows leadership and dedication in the field of brain injury. Astor Weiss Kaplan and Mandel, LLP sponsors these awards.  Past award winners include:

  • Marilyn Spivak, Founder of the National Head Injury Foundation;
  • Michael Collins and Mark Lovell, Founders of ImPACT and concussion experts;
  • John Whyte,  MD,  Director of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute;
  • Briana Scurry, Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist, World Cup Champion;
  • Candace Gantt, Founder and Executive Director of the Mind Your Brain Conference;
  • and most recently, Dr. Drew Nagele, Neuropsychologist and advocate.

Beginning in 2015, CoBI has given a second award for an organization doing outstanding work in the field. Past organization award winners include:

  • BrainSTEPS School Re-Entry Program;
  • Camp Cranium;
  • Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation:
  • and in 2019, The Jazz Sanctuary!

If you know of an individual or an organization that embodies the spirit of CoBI and has shown leadership and dedication in the field of brain injury, please let us know. Email MJ Schmidt at mjschmidt@remed.com, or visit our website by clicking here. Nominations will be accepted through mid-August.

Award winners will be celebrated (in a safe and socially-distanced way) at CoBI's Annual David's Drive Golf Tournament at Penn Oaks Country Club in West Chester, PA on September 22, 2020. For more information, please visit CoBI's website.

Success Rehab Expands

This article was submitted by Success Rehab, BIAPA Corporate Partner.

Success Rehab is proud to announce the opening of its second Neuro Rehabilitation Outpatient Program.  As part of the revitalization of the area of Dublin, Pennsylvania, Success Neuro Rehab, to be referred to as "SNR Central Bucks", will be located at Dublin Shopping Center, 161 North Main Street. SNR Central Bucks will offer Structured Day Programming and therapies designed for individuals with acquired and traumatic brain injury.

The opening of SNR Central Bucks further defines Success Rehabilitation's continuum of care by offering three distinct opportunities for continuity of care. Participating clients at SNR Central Bucks will be individuals with higher levels of functional independence. SNR Central Bucks will officially open its doors in mid to late August, approximately two years after the July opening of SNR Upper Bucks, roughly a twenty-minute drive away located in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

"We are excited to open SNR Central Bucks," said Joanne Tangney, President and CEO of Success Rehabilitation. "I am particularly proud that Success has undertaken the investment and commitment to our brain injury community. As lifelong community residents of Central Bucks, we are delighted to enhance the community's health for years to come."

"SNR Central Bucks enables our team of specialists in acquired and traumatic brain injury to provide our clients with the opportunity to enhance independent functioning," said Padraig Tangney, Chief Operating Officer of Success Rehabilitation.

The generous space of 3,000 square feet of SNR Central Bucks in the Dublin Shopping Center is easily accessible by major road systems in the area, including Routes 309, 611, 313 and Interstate 476.

Support Group Corner

BIAPA hosted the 3rd pop-up brain injury support group on July 16th, hosted by Board Members Candace Gantt and Tracy Yatsko. The group started with a performance of an original song by Cristabelle Braden, followed by a reading of original poetry by Eugene Brown.  Both were inspiring and set the tone for a thoughtful meeting.  The discussion topic, "What's on your bucket list?" was both fun and intriguing, with much sharing among the 27 individuals who participated in the group.  We're planning another pop-up group so stay tuned for details.  We'll send the link to support group leaders to share with their members and to those who asked to be included in an email distribution list. If you'd like to be added to the pop-up support group distribution list, send an email message to survivorsupport@biapa.org. We'll announce the group on the BIAPA facebook page and can connect with anyone who wants the links through facebook messenger.  

A full list of support groups with contact information for each is found on the BIAPA Website Support Group Listing page. If you are aware of groups that are meeting through video conferencing, please contact Monica Vaccaro at vaccaro@biapa.org so that we can let others know.

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Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania
950 Walnut Bottom Road, Suite 15-229, Carlisle, PA
Phone: 717-692-5569, 1-866-635-7097


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