Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
November 5, 2014

In this issue:

2015 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury - Request for Presenters
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is busy planning the 30th Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury, which will be held on April 9 and 10, 2015 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. We would like to invite you to submit a proposal or proposals for breakout sessions. Proposals are due by November 14.

Click here for more information and to fill our your RFP today!

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MA Stories Make a Difference!
The 2014 election is over and the Public Policy Department is in full swing preparing for the 2015 legislative session. In October, the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Board of Directors adopted the Medical Assistance Reform Campaign as its top legislative priority for 2015. Our key strategy for this campaign is turning people’s stories into effective political messages that support increasing the Medical Assistance (MA) income and asset limits and reducing the spend-down.

Two of the Alliance's citizen advocates, Layne Beckman and Rebecca Preston, recently shared their MA spend-down stories at the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities annual membership meeting. They provided wonderful examples of the power of personal stories to create momentum, understanding and make policy change.

The MA Reform Campaign is just getting started. Join us for the press conference to launch the legislation on Tuesday, November 18 at 11 a.m. in room 181 of the State Office Building in St. Paul. Minnesota House and Senate legislative authors will be speaking along with our citizen advocate, Rebecca Preston, and others.

Medical Assistance stories will make all the difference in the success of the MA Reform Campaign. If you or a loved one is impacted by the these income and asset limits or subject to the spend-down and are willing to share your story, call Erica Schmiel, Public Policy Associate, at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442, or contact Erica by email at ericas@braininjurymn.org.

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Case Management Position Opening
The Case Manager is responsible for monitoring and implementing comprehensive proactive; consumer directed systems of support and advocacy for individuals, including all ages and cultures, which have survived brain injury and their families through implementation of case management for effective community integration. The Case Manager will be responsible to assist the consumer in planning and accessing housing, financial supports and other community services and supports needed to accomplish this goal. Bi-lingual/bi-cultural is a plus.

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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? The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is offering 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 at 12 p.m.: November 26 and December 17.

There is a $25 cost for each session.

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: December 18
Caregiving: 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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Barnes & Noble Bookfair
Thinking of buying books as gifts for the holidays? Barnes & Noble is holding a bookfair where a percentage of book sales will benefit the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance. The Alliance will benefit from purchases you make from ANY Barnes & Noble across the country from November 22 through December 7. All you have to do is give the Bookfair ID Code #11439890 to the clerk and the Alliance will earn between 10 to 20 percent of the net sale.

Shopping online? For online purchases from November 22 through December 12, just check the box that it is a bookfair order and enter the code. We are launching the bookfair on Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.8 at the Maplewood Barnes & Noble, 3001 White Bear Avenue. Join us for brain injury education, a bike helmet giveaway, music, gift wrapping, and a book signing by Angela Halgrimson, author of "Lenny the Crow."

For more information, contact Sue McGuigan.

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Give to the Max Day
Minnesota is home to Give to the Max Day, a 24-hour online give-a-thon. Visit www.givemn.org/organization/Braininjurymn on November 13 and give to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance to help us continue to change the lives of those affected by brain injury. (If you are eager, you can actually start donating on November 1.)

Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us receive an additional donation of $1,000. How? On November 13, every gift made on GiveMN.org will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a nonprofit organization. That adds up to 24 opportunities for you to help us receive an extra $1,000!

Here's the really exciting part: At the end of Give to the Max Day, one donation made on GiveMN.org will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 Super-Sized GiveMN Golden Ticket. The more gifts we generate on GiveMN.org on November 13, the more our chances increase to receive that additional $10,000 donation. Imagine what we could do with $10,000!

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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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