This week, our partner, the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA), held a virtual conference. NASHIA represents state employees, and their partners, who administer brain injury programs in each state.
This year’s event included plenary sessions on the intersection of addiction, intimate partner violence, employment, aging, and mental health and brain injury. These informational sessions discussed the ways in which each of these topics play a role in determining the best path for care.
The conference also had Regional Hospitality Suites with regional representatives from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Another partner of Ridge Policy Group’s Woods Services, sponsored the North East Region Event.
Woods Services’ CEO Tine Hansen-Turton discussed the many ways that individuals with brain injury and head trauma need specialized care and the ways that Woods has been able to support those services through their years of expertise. Woods leads Beechwood NeuroRehab, a community-integrated post-acute rehabilitation program that ensures individuals with brain injury are able to engage in productive and satisfying life roles.
Given the circumstances of COVID-19, NASHIA also recorded their first ever podcasts as part of the conference. Podcast topics included the intersection of criminal justice and brain injury, engagement for individuals who have experienced a brain injury during 2020, and best practices in advocacy. Ridge Policy Group’s very own Becky Corby, who leads NASHIA’s advocacy efforts, starts in the advocacy podcast.
Our firm helped to sponsor this conference and was honored to join with leaders in this space to discuss best practices for care for individuals who have experienced a brain injury and how to successfully advocate on these issues. Ridge Policy Group, a top government affairs firm in Washington, DC, particularly appreciates the opportunity to work with clients that support individuals with disabilities.