Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
August 9, 2017

In this issue:

Walk for Thought
The 2017 Walk for Thought will take place on Saturday, September 23 at the Duluth Lakewalk in Duluth, Silver Lake in Rochester, CentraCare Health Plaza in Saint Cloud, and at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton in the Twin Cities.

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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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 24
Introduction to Brain Injury: September 28

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
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 August 16, September 14, October 11, November 16.

Click here for complete information on our 2017 Lunch and Learn Seminars.

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Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Waiver Update
DHS is seeking public comments for federal waiver plan amendments (PDF) before submitting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for approval. These amendments apply to the following home and community-based services waivers:

• Brain Injury (BI)
• Community Alternative Care (CAC)
• Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI)
• Developmental Disabilities (DD).

For information on how to access the full versions of Minnesota's approved waiver plans, click here.

Please submit comments to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us by 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. DHS also will accept comments by U.S. mail. Mail written comments to:

ATTN: Waiver amendments
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Disability Services Division
P.O. Box 64967
St. Paul, MN 55164-0967

If you are unable to access the waiver plan amendments electronically, DHS will provide you with a copy. To request a copy, either call the DSD Response Center at 651-431-4300 or send a written request to the address above.

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Research Study: TBI - Trainer Skill Builder
Are you a professional or paraprofessional currently working in a medical/rehabilitation, educational, vocational, day program, or supported living community setting in the US?

Do you have any experience working with adults with TBI?

Would you like to participate in a 10-minute online survey that will help the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) update their knowledge of paraprofessional training practices and identify gaps in training?

What you'll be asked to do:
Complete an online survey lasting about 10 minutes.
The needs assessment survey is designed to gather information about the training needs of paraprofessionals. Ten of the participants who complete the needs assessment will be selected for a follow-up interview. Participants who complete the follow- up interview will be compensated with a $40 Amazon gift card.

What is the CBIRT:
CBIRT is a center under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Oregon. CBIRT creates web-based training and informational programs for persons with traumatic brain injury, families, educators, and health professionals.

What this study is about:
The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an interactive educational and training resource that supports knowledge and skill acquisition among paraprofessionals working with adults with moderate–severe TBIin community-based settings.

Click here to see if you're eligible or contact slocumbj@cbirt.org.

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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."

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