TBI Council

Traumatic Brain Injury Council

Serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services by bringing together expertise from the public and private sector to help address the diverse needs of individuals with traumatic brain injuries. The Council is composed of 25 members from the public and private sector and includes individuals with TBI, medical professionals serving individuals living with TBI, human service providers, family members of individuals with TBI, caregivers serving individuals with TBI and state agency representatives.

Statutory Authority  RCW 74.31.020;  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=74.31.020

Board Requirements

The following members shall be appointed by the governor:

(I) A representative from a Native American tribe located in Washington state;

(ii) A representative from a nonprofit organization serving individuals with traumatic brain injury;

(iii) An individual with expertise in working with children with traumatic brain injuries;

(iv) A physician who has experience working with individuals with traumatic brain injuries;

(v) A neuropsychologist who has experience working with persons with traumatic brain injuries;

(vi) A social worker or clinical psychologist who has experience in working with persons who have sustained traumatic brain injuries;

(vii) A rehabilitation specialist, such as a speech pathologist, vocational rehabilitation counselor, occupational therapist, or physical therapist who has experience working with persons with traumatic brain injuries;

(viii) Two persons who are individuals with a traumatic brain injury;

(ix) Two persons who are family members of individuals with traumatic brain injuries; and

(x) Two members of the public who have experience with issues related to the causes of traumatic brain injuries.


Washington State TBI Council Statewide Comprehensive Plan

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) alters the lives of individuals living in Washington State. National estimates indicate that there are nearly 145,000 individuals living with TBI-related disabilities in Washington. The comprehensive statewide plan included in this report to the Legislature addresses the unique needs of Washington State citizens living with, or affected by, TBI.

The TBI Council and the Department of Social and Health Services have collaborated to develop the following recommendations:

1. Continue with the foundational activities outlined in Chapter 74.31RCW: Information & Referral, Public Awareness, TBI-related Support Groups and activities of the Council;

2. Build provider capacity through training and education of the medical community, the insurance providers, housing and supportive service providers, schools and employers;

3. Improve coordination of policies, programs, and services;

4. Establish partnership agreements with the private sector, state agencies, schools, tribal governments, federal government and others to develop integrated services; and

5. Address other areas of focus including systemic reform and self-advocacy.

The comprehensive statewide plan was accomplished by volunteers who were willing to share their expertise in an effort to better the lives of Individuals living with TBI and their families. The hard work of these individuals and the ongoing funding of the TBI account by the Washington State Legislature has a significant and positive impact on individuals living with TBI.