Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
August 26, 2015

In this issue:

Register Now for Walk for Thought
The Walk for Thought is a little over a month away but there's still time to register! The Walk - Saturday, September 19 - takes place at four locations - Duluth, Rochester, Saint Cloud and the Twin Cities in Maplewood - and hosts over two thousand participants who make their way around park trails and lakesides.

Check out the following for more information about the Walk for Thought:

Start a Walk for Thought Team!
Contribute to the Walk for Thought!
Team Captain Information
About the Walk for Thought
Frequently Asked Questions
Fundraising Ideas

Or, just visit www.braininjurymn.org/fundraising/ for more info. We'd love to see you at the Walk for Thought!

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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
Caregiving: August 27
Introduction to Brain Injury: September 24

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 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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2016 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury - Request for Presenters
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is busy planning the 31st Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury, which will be held on April 7 and 8, 2016 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 20.

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

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Medical Assistance Reform 2016: We Need Your Stories
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance will continue to push for Medical Assistance (MA) Reform to increase the income, spend-down and asset limits for adults and seniors with disabilities.

Your personal stories helped make progress in 2015. Legislators moved the spend-down from 75 percent to 80 percent of the federal poverty level beginning July 1, 2016. That is an additional $50 that an individual with disabilities gets to keep in their pocket each month.

But we're not done yet. MA Reform still matters in 2016! We need your help.

Our most important advocacy strategy is turning personal stories into an effective political message. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is looking for people who are subject to the MA spend-down or asset limit and willing to share their story. We can help you tell your story.

Call Erica Schmiel, Public Policy Associate at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442, or email at ericas@braininjurymn.org if you can help.

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The Minnesota Department of Human Services Needs Your Help!
Have you sustained a brain injury or are you a caretaker for someone who has a brain injury?

If so, please take the opportunity to take a survey and tell the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) how you feel about the home and community based services you receive. This survey is crucial to assessing the effectiveness of DHS's services and whether additional services are needed.

To take the survey:
Go online to www.wilderresearch.org/go/dhs
Call 1-888-328-2972 at Wilder Research and ask for Gail Campbell.

All who complete the survey will be invited to enter a drawing for one of five $100 gift cards to Target or Walmart. The deadline has been extended, so please complete the survey by August 30, 2015.

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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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