Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Brain and Spinal Injuries in Georgia: A Needs Assessment and State Action Plan

PRNewswire -- The Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission releases its 2008 report "Brain and Spinal Injuries in Georgia: A Needs Assessment and State Action Plan" which is in conjunction with the Trust Fund's 10th Anniversary that will be held at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

A Significant Public Health Problem

Brain and spinal injuries are a significant public health issue for the state of Georgia. These injuries affect an estimated 70,000 Georgians each year, resulting in substantial costs to the individual, the family, and the state in terms of decreased quality of life, lost wages, and need for services. While brain and spinal injuries can be devastating, it is possible for people with such injuries to live lives of independence and meaning within the community. To do so, however, requires a commitment at the local, state, and national level to develop a comprehensive, specialized, and coordinated system of care.

The Commission will begin the process of implementing the recommended goals in the State Action Plan during FY 2009. To assist with this process the Commission requests the assistance of the Governor, the General Assembly, state agency leaders, and the citizens of Georgia during this next year to learn more about the incidence, needs, and specialized service models available for Georgians with brain and spinal injuries.

The entire report can be viewed on-line at the Trust Fund's web site at or to request a copy, email

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