Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
July 1, 2015

In this issue:

Walk for Thought Online Registration Now Open
The 2015 Walk for Thought will take place on Saturday, September 19 at the Duluth Lakewalk in Duluth, Silver Lake in Rochester, CentraCare Health Plaza in Saint Cloud, and Battle Creek Pavilion in Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood.

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 for Thought.

Find out more and start your team today!
Click here to donate online today!

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Public Policy Update
Rebecca Preston and Layne Beckman recently received All-Star Advocate Awards from the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. The two Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Citizen Advocates were recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the success of Medical Assistance (MA) Reform legislation during the 2015 session. During one-on-one meetings with legislators and testimony at key House and Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearings, Rebecca and Layne shared their stories about living with disability due to brain injury and the impact of current MA policy on their quality of life. These personal stories proved to be the key to success of the Alliance's top 2015 legislative priority.

Both Rebecca and Layne were featured in the MN-CCD's Faces of Disability Exhibit at the Capitol in March as well as our "My Life on MA" story series that was delivered weekly to legislative leadership and all House and Senate members of the Health and Human Services Committees during the 2015 session. We are proud of their advocacy skills and commitment to improving the systems of supports and services for all Minnesotans living with disability due to brain injury and stroke.

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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
Adjustment to Brain Injury: July 23
Caregiving: August 27

Registration is required for all classes. Brain Injury Basics takes place in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offices in Roseville from 5:30 to 6:30 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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Lunch and Learn Seminars with Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
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 July 14, August 12, September 8, October 13, November 11 and December 8.

Click here for complete information on our 2015 Lunch and Learn Seminars.

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Classified Ad: To Get to the Place Before
To Get to the Place of Before by Nancy R.T. Benz.

"I've looked at Scott's brain images," the ER doctor said. "There are several small areas of stroke in many parts of his brain." Our son, an eighth-grade honor student, had awakened that February morning unable to walk or lift his arm.

As Scott relearned to walk and talk, neurologists from two Minnesota hospitals struggled to find the cause for his recurrent strokes, and to prevent "the big one" - the stroke that would take away what he might never get back. Scott believed he would return to his life - school, youth group, running cross-country. But could our family return to where we had been? Could we get back to the place of before?

To Get to the Place of Before is available at Amazon or contact mnbenz@q.com.

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Classified Ad: Severe Brain Injury Long-Term Care and Family Support
When someone with a severe brain injury does not emerge from low consciousness, options for treatment, housing, and family support are few. Granite House, a Minnesota Non-Profit, is making a difference. Our mission is threefold:

Support: Support groups for families caring for someone in a minimally conscious state never existed before. As parents caring for our adult son since 2008, we couldn't locate anyone else who could speak our language of wheelchairs, feeding tubes, and dystonia. Referrals by the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance helped us start a unique support group.

Advocacy: We work with local and statewide organizations and policymakers to increase awareness of the needs of this population. These young adults have slipped through the cracks in the health care system for too long. Through our efforts, they are finally being noticed.

Housing: Granite House is creating the first residence for younger adults who need 24-hour care and maximum assistance. An alternative to traditional long-term care or care at home, Granite House will offer a home-like setting for people who are not likely to emerge from a minimally conscious state but are stable and responsive to sensory stimulation. The home is being designed to meet their specific needs and provide them with sunshine, services, and compassionate care. Once the house opens in 2016, our model can be replicated to improve the quality of life for others needing these services.

Website: www.granitehousemn.org
Email: info@granitehousemn.org
Facebook: Granite House, Non-Profit Organization

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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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