For nearly 20 years, HRSA has administered this program to providing services to thousands of individuals affected by traumatic brain injuries. However, with the passage of the TBI Reauthorization Act of 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell was given the authority to review the program’s aims and goals and determine its best fit within HHS. ACL was formed in 2012 to advance policy and implement programs that support the rights of older Americans and people with disabilities to live in their communities throughout their lifespan. Thus, it was determined that ACL would be best positioned to support the TBI program into the future.
Program experts at HRSA and ACL are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition. For now, HRSA will continue to administer all current operations for the TBI program, including:
- The State Implementation Program, which provides funding to states, territories, and federally recognized Indian Tribes and Native American organizations to develop or enhance community-based services to those at risk for or impacted by TBI, and
- The Protection and Advocacy Grants Program, which provides training, advocacy, legal consultation and representation to individuals with TBI.
HRSA and ACL staffers are working closely to ensure a smooth transition of the program. After October 1, 2015, ACL will assume responsibility for grant oversight and administration and issue new grant awards as existing projects come to conclusion. As this process unfolds, our agencies will distribute additional information. For now, grantees who have questions should contact their current HRSA project officer or grants management specialist.
This change in administration will not change HHS’ enduring commitment to a community-based approach to prevention, early identification, screening, and referral to effective treatment for TBI. Staff in both of our agencies look forward to working with grantees and other interested parties to make this transition a success.