Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
May 21, 2014

Consumer Family Conference

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Upcoming Workshops:

Brain Injury Basics: Introduction
Date: June 26
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Location: All classes are held in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offices in Roseville.

To register for a class, please click here or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.


In this issue:

2014 Consumer and Family Conference
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is pleased to present two Consumer and Family Conferences this year. Our first conference will be on Saturday, May 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.

This free one-day conference is an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, family members and loved ones to participate in workshops and sessions that focus on innovations in the world of brain injury care, therapy and rehabilitation.

There is no cost to attend this conference. To register, please call 612-378-2742 or 1-800-669-6442. The deadline for reasonable accommodations has passed.

Click here for full information on the Consumer and Family Conference.

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Advocacy Matters
The 2014 legislature completed its work this past Friday and they won't be retuning to the Capitol until January 2015. As we reflect back on the results, we can be glad of progress made on a number of issues and understand clearly our challenges ahead.

Probably the most important victory of 2014 was passage of a 5 percent increase for home and community based service providers. This was a significant and major success for the entire disability community. The biggest disappointment of 2014 was that absolutely nothing concrete happened with the thorny problem of the Medical Assistance (MA) income and asset standards and its related "spend-down". It is clear, MA policy forces people with brain injury deep into poverty and addressing this must be our primary focus for next year.

Thank you to all of our advocates for their time, energy and commitment to advancing these important issues and for participating in our democracy. None of this would be possible without you. Take just a minute to catch your breath and then let's get back to work. Join us at our office on Saturday, June 7, at 11:30 a.m. at our upcoming Citizen Advocate Academy Legislative Wrap-up. We will celebrate our advocacy efforts, discuss in more detail what happened at the Capitol and begin planning for next year.

Click 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up Event for details.

Go to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Advocacy Action Center for more information about all of our upcoming advocacy events and opportunities. Feel free to contact the Public Policy Department by e-mail at ericas@braininjurymn.org or by phone at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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Classified Ad - REM Minnesota
REM Minnesota Community Services, a member of The Mentor Network, is seeking enthusiastic individuals to provide Direct Care support within a neurobehavioral setting to individuals who has sustained multiple brain injuries. The Direct Support Professional's role includes:

• Providing assistance with daily activities such as meal preparation and planning, medication administration, and personal care
• Facilitating community involvement by accompanying individuals on outings in the community or providing transportation to work or other activities
• Supporting therapeutic and behavioral plans in partnership with clinical staff to enhance the quality of life for those we support
• Being an advocate and mentor for individuals who require assistance

The Direct Support Professional role also happens to be one of the best places to start a career in Human Services with a myriad of opportunities to move up and across our organization.

REM Minnesota Community Services Offers the following Benefits:
• Health Care, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401K, PTO

Non-Traditional Benefits Include:
• Flexible scheduling
• Opportunity to work for one of the largest Human Services providers in the nation
• Short commute
• Excellent opportunities for advancement into leadership roles
• Paid training

Come join our family of dedicated human service professionals! Apply Now at http://jobs.thementornetwork.com/minnesota.

Contact Amy Rieke at Amy.Rieke@thementornetwork.com for more information.


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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
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