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Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury State Plan


The Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention considers the following Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) priorities will have the most impact on the way the divisionoperates and on its ability to deliver on its Mission and Vision:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive TBI Needs Assessment to: 1) identify the incidence of TBIs, stratified by severity, across Indiana that are seen at emergency departments (EDs) and to which services and resources they are directed; 2) identify at which types of facilities people with TBI are being seen and the percentage of their overall caseload, including a sample of mental health/substance abuse and vocational and employment services; and 3) identify gaps in services. This assessment will include the full range of TBI severity, from concussion/mild TBI to severe.
  2. As moderate to severe TBI is a risk factor for chronic disability, we will work to develop statewide systems and supports to proactively manage chronic TBI to prevent co-occurrence and co-morbidity, to minimize the disability associated with TBI, and to maximize health-related quality of life and independence in the community.
  3. Determine goals and strategies for the assessment of concussion (mTBI) diagnostic and treatment services throughout the state and promote awareness and utilization of evidence-based concussion management guidelines.
  4. Compliance to the recommended priority actions outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding TBI. The priority recommendations include: 1) identify the prevalence of disabilities due to TBI among their residents; 2) screen for TBI history among persons who receive state- funded health and social services; 3) train health and social service professionals to recognize and minimize the effects of TBI on behavior; and 4) make home and community services more accessible to people with TBI.
  5. Better use information and data from electronic sources to: 1) develop statewide reports; 2) connect those with TBI to supports and services; and 3) sponsor outcomes-driven programs.

Source: Indiana State Department of Health (2019). Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury State Plan.