Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
August 13, 2014

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THE WALK FOR THOUGHT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
The Walk for Thought is our biggest event of the year and we need YOU to help make it a success! The Walk takes place on September 20 in Canal Park in Duluth, Silver Lake in Rochester, CentraCare Health Plaza in Saint Cloud, and Battle Creek Pavilion in Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood. Please join a team, start a team or make a donation today!

Also, in the weeks leading up to the Walk, whenever you talk about it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr - whatever your Social Media platform of choice - use the hashtag #W4T2014 so we can repost your comments! We'd love to know who is talking about the Walk and who is helping make this Walk the biggest one ever!

So, come and celebrate the strengths and successes of the thousands of individuals who have experience brain injury, along with their families, friends and the professionals who work with them at this year's Walk.

Click here for more information and to start your team today!
Click here to donate online!

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Did You Know. . .
If a person with a brain injury has too much monthly income to qualify for Medical Assistance (MA) there is a "spend-down" provision in State law. This allows people to deduct their medical expenses from their income for purposes of qualifying for MA. The "spend-down" is a great concept, it allows people with higher incomes to qualify for MA and get access to home and community based services. The problem is in the way this policy is implemented. People with disabilities on a spend-down are allowed to keep less of their own income before MA starts paying their medical bills than any other group. Current law sets this at 75 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline.

A single person on the spend-down is expected to be able to live on $729 a month. It is incredibly unfair to individuals and short-sighted by the State to expect people to live in such deep poverty to gain access to the services that can keep them living independently in the community and out of more costly institutional care.

If you or a loved one are subject to the MA spend-down or impacted by MA income and asset standards and are willing to share your story, please call Erica Schmiel, Public Policy Associate, at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6642, or email at ericas@braininjurymn.org.

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Lunch and Learn Seminars for Social Workers and Social Service Professionals
Are you ready to have lunch and learn AND get your CEUs? Beginning August 27, the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance will offer Lunch and Learn Seminars at our offices in Roseville and are targeted for Social Workers and Social Service Professionals.

Sessions will take place on the following Wednesdays: August 27, September 24, October 29, November 26 and December 17.

There is a $25 cost for each session; five-session cost is $100.

For complete information, click here.

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Brain Injury Educational Classes
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offers a variety of educational classes - including our monthly Brain Injury Basics class - for families, individuals and professionals in the Twin Cities. Our educators can also train your staff on-site at your facility with our Traveling Workshops.

Brain Injury Basics
Introduction to Brain Injury: September 25, December 18
Adjustment to Brain Injury: October 23
Caregiving: August 28, November 20

Registration is required for all classes. Brain Injury Basics takes place in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offices in Roseville from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for professionals; a $5 donation is appreciated from consumers.

Click here for more information on our Education opportunities or call our Education and Community Outreach Department at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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Support the Alliance through Community Health Charities
Community Health Charities of Minnesota is an easy way to support the Alliance and any number of other organizations. Visit healthcharitiesmn.org and click on "Donate Now" for a list of available organizations or to have your gift divided equally among them. When you give to Community Health Charities of Minnesota, everybody wins.

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Classified Ad Opportunities
We are pleased to provide an online opportunity for organizations to broadcast their message about job openings, services and more through affordable, convenient advertising. This bi-weekly electronic publication is sent to more than 6,250 professionals, paraprofessionals and persons with brain injury and their families.

The cost to run a classified ad of up to 250 words is $20 for one edition or $30 for two editions. Ads must be submitted in electronic form to receive this rate. Ads submitted in hard copy will be charged an additional $15 administrative fee. To learn more about this affordable, convenient advertising opportunity, please e-mail Phil at philg@braininjurymn.org or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442. Advertising is posted at the end of the publication under the heading "Classified Ads."

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is a proud member of Community Health Charities. Community Health Charities is an alliance of leading nonprofit health research and service organizations whose mission is to improve lives affected by chronic illness by investing in health research, services and education.
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Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
2277 Highway 36 West, Suite 200, Roseville, MN 55113-3830

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612-378-2742 | 800-669-6442

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