By On November 11th, 2005

Arkansas CMSA Conference

This week found me at the Arkansas Case Management Society of America’s annual shindig for providers–the theme, as you may guess from the Pink Panther pic below, was Crime Scene Investigations. According to the national CMSA, “case management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality cost-effective outcomes.” Put in laymen’s terms, we case managers try to find services for people who need them, and we try to find ways to pay for the treatment.

Very few case managers work with problems above the neck, and even fewer work with brain injuries. Like every other resource for the brain-injured, there simply aren’t enough TBI case managers to go around. I spend the bulk of my office days responding to hordes of emails requesting help, but often begin with two recommendations:

–Go to the Brain Injury Association website and get informed.
–Go to nashia.org and find the Head Injury Administrator in your state.

When you start looking for help for brain injury treatment, it’s always a good idea to be as informed as possible to avoid running into dead ends and getting burned out. If you have any other good preliminary recommendations, feel free to email me and I’ll post your input here on the blog.

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