ALBANY — The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) presents its 2020 Legislative Priorities.

BIANYS’ advocacy includes these priorities and other legislative and administrative issues impacting New York’s brain injury community.

New Yorkers with brain injuries face many obstacles on their journey to recovery, often falling through the cracks of the health care system when their injuries are misdiagnosed and misunderstood. BIANYS advocates for brain injury survivors so everyone has access to the services they need, and looks forward to working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature to ensure the needs of survivors are met, according to a statement from the organization .

The 2020 policy advocacy efforts will focus on:

Continuum of Care for People with a Traumatic Brain Injury: New Yorkers with brain injuries deserve to get the help they need from the time of their injury to the time they integrate back into their community. BIANYS is proposing legislation that will enhance prevention and outreach, treatment and rehabilitation, and support services.

Amend the 2011 New York State Concussion Management Awareness Act: BIANYS will work to gain amendments to the CMAA that focus on identifying and implementing paths to achieving a successful return to the community for all New Yorkers that have sustained a concussion. We will also work to achieve amendments that will make the CMAA more inclusive to all New Yorkers with brain injuries.

“BIANYS remains committed to improving the lives of New York’s brain injury survivors through improved access to treatment and rehabilitation. Our policy priorities are a snapshot into our advocacy work and will ensure brain injury survivors and families are empowered to make their own decisions and have access to the support they need to do so,” said BIANYS Executive Director Eileen Reardon.

BIANYS works with brain injury survivors, caregivers and family members, along with other advocates and elected officials on these and other issues as the legislative gets underway. Visit bianys.org for additional information.

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