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Legislative Update: BIAMI & CABT Partners Win 1st Round in Defeating Heavy Truck Legislation!19-Jul-2017

Comparison of truck sizes CABT, the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks, strongly supported by BIAMI, successfully kept an amendment allowing bigger trucks from inclusion in a Transportatio.. Read More...

No-Fault: Fix It, Don't Nix It15-May-2017

"Bad Behavior Also Applies to Insurance Companies" Thanks to the FREEP’s JC Reindl for an informative overview of Michigan’s auto no-fault situation. The series shines in underscoring.. Read More...

Capitol Day, Annual Meeting, and Spring Fling03-Apr-2017

On Wednesday, May 17th, we will be gathering in the Mackinaw Room for Capitol Day 2017. It's a chance for brain injury survivors, their friends and family members, caregivers, and professionals to.. Read More...

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What Your Dollars Support

Mike Dabbs and Tom Constand with members after the members meeting during the Annual Fall Conference

Education: Spreading traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness and knowledge throughout Michigan.

  • BIAMI Annual State Conference - The largest brain injury conference in the country is a leading resource for persons with a brain injury, their families, and professionals in Michigan.
  • Community Outreach - Initiatives raise public awareness about TBI, support brain injury education, and promote the services that the BIAMI offers to survivors and family members.
  • Sports Concussion: The BIAMI strives to educate Michigan youth sports professionals, athletes and parents on the importance of proper sports concussion management and the appropritate protocols that should be followed when an athlete sustains a concussion during play.

Advocacy: Giving a voice to traumatic brain injury.

  • Auto No-Fault Insurance - The BIAMI is actively involved in the Coalition to Protect Auto No-fault (CPAN), striving to keep laws in place that require auto no-fault insurance companies to provide a lifetime of care for those who survive a TBI sustained in an auto crash.
  • Access to Care – Working to provide early, equal and adequate access to the full TBI continuum of care for all TBI survivors in Michigan is a main priority for the BIAMI. It is only with that continuum of care that TBI survivors can regain their independence, manage their lives and return to the workforce as tax-paying citizens.
  • Veterans’ Advocacy - As TBI has become recognized as the signature wound of the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Veterans Program of the BIAMI actively addresses the needs of these returning servicemen and women.
  • The BIAMI supports legislation that will require TBI screening for all Michigan veterans returning from service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Support: Providing brain injury survivors and their families with help and understanding.

  • A Portal of Support - All brain injury survivors have avenues, through the BIAMI, to reach the vast network of brain injury resources in Michigan.
  • Toll Free 800 Number - The BIAMI provides a toll-free phone line, manned during normal business hours and available 24 hours a day, to provide support and information to brain injury survivors, veterans and civilians alike, their families, or any interested party.
  • Military Support - The BIAMI is dedicated to seeing that veterans who survive a TBI are properly assessed and provided early, equal and adequate access to care upon returning home from service.

Prevention: The only guaranteed cure for TBI is prevention.

  • Recreation Helmets - The BIAMI has joined forces with groups across the state to promote the use of helmets, particularly in children, when participating in recreational activities like bike riding and skateboarding. Our partnership with Sinas Dramis Law Firm on the Lids For Kids bike helmet event is but one example of the organizations wee have worked with for this purpose. The event has given away over 7,000 helmets to kids in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City since its inception in 2002.
  • Sports Concussion in Young Athletes - The BIAMI is currently working with the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and the Michigan Department of Community Health to educate athletes, parents and coaches about the danger of sports concussion and the steps that can be taken to prevent it.
  • Military Helmets - The BIAMI endorses the use of ballistic helmets in the military.

Research: Staying one step ahead.

  • The BIAMI is currently collaborating with the Brain Injury Association of America to develop a multi-year research study on TBI rehabilitation and standards of care. The goal of the study will be to identify the care that allows TBI survivors to reach their maximum recovery level.