Survey of New Yorkers and Their Families Living with Traumatic Brain Injury Is Under Way

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 28, 2010) – To improve the quality of life for New Yorkers living with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), the New York State Department of Health (DOH) is surveying individuals with TBI and their families.

Designed to outline the services individuals are receiving and identify whether any gaps in service exist, the survey is funded by a federal grant DOH received from the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration.

Survey results will assist in the development of a five-year comprehensive TBI plan to meet the needs of persons living with traumatic brain injuries. "This survey will improve the knowledge base for programs for New Yorkers with TBI," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.

The New York State Division of Veterans Affairs (NYSDVA) and the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) are assisting with the survey effort and in outreach to service members and veterans with brain injuries and their families.

"Resources such as this survey play an important role in helping traumatically injured veterans and their families in New York State," said Col. (Ret.) James D. McDonough Jr., NYSDVA Director.

Judith Avner, BIANYS Executive Director , said, "The survey effort provides the opportunity to continue our partnership with DOH to provide help, and hope to persons living with TBI."

The survey takes a short time to complete and responses are anonymous. People with TBI and their families are invited to participate in this statewide effort. To complete a survey, go to BIANYS.org and click on the link for the "DOH TBI survey" or call BIANYS at 1-800-228-8201 and request a phone survey. The survey will be available online through mid-June.

For more information on TBI services and support, call BIANYS at 1-800-228-8201 or the NYSDVA at 1-888-838-7697. For information about TBI in New York, go to www.nyhealth.gov/statistics/prevention/injury_prevention/traumatic_brain_injury.htm .