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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 150 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 150

(By Armstead, Anderson, Andes, Ashley, Azinger, Barker, Border, Brown, Campbell, D., Cann, Canterbury, Carmichael, Crosier, Diserio, Duke, Ellington, Evans, Ferro, Givens, Guthrie, Hall, Hamilton, Hatfield, Howell, Iaquinta, Ireland, Jones, Mahan, Manypenny, Marshall, Martin, Michael, Miller, C., Miller, J., Morgan, Overington, Pasdon, Paxton, Pethtel, Pino, Poling, D., Poling, M., Poore, Rodighiero, Romine, Rowan, Savilla, Shaver, Sigler, Skaff, Smith, Snuffer, Sobonya, Staggers, Stephens, Storch, Stowers, Sumner, Varner, Walker, Wells and Williams)

 

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study residential rehabilitation facilities to provide intensive and consistent rehabilitation to meet the needs, challenges and issues facing persons who sustain a traumatic brain injury.

    Whereas, Traumatic brain injury is a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain due to a bump, blow, jolt or penetrating head injury; and

    Whereas, The leading causes of traumatic brain injury are motor vehicle crashes, falls, being struck by or against objects, and assault; and

    Whereas, Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of damage to the brain; and

    Whereas, Disabilities resulting from a traumatic brain injury depend upon the severity of the injury, the location of the injury, and the age and general health of the individual. Some common disabilities include problems with cognition, sensory processing, communication, and behavior or mental health; and

    Whereas, Approximately 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury annually and while most of these injuries are mild, resulting in a short-term disruption, such as a concussion, many are severe, resulting in prolonged unconsciousness or amnesia and occasionally leading to permanent disability or death; and

    whereas, In addition to the emotional burden faced by family and friends, it is estimated that traumatic brain injury in the United States is estimated to have direct and indirect costs of $60 billion annually; and

    Whereas, It is important to develop, within the limits of available resources, a comprehensive system designed to assist, educate and rehabilitate the person with a traumatic brain injury to attain and sustain the highest function and self-sufficiency possible using home-based and community-based treatments, services and resources to the greatest possible degree; and

    Whereas, It is equally important to undertake, within the limits of available resources, appropriate identification and medical and rehabilitative interventions for persons who sustain a traumatic brain injury, including, but not limited to, establishing services to assess the needs of persons who sustain a traumatic brain injury and to facilitate effective and efficient medical care, neurorehabilitation planning and reintegration and to improve the knowledge and skills of the medical community, including, but not limited to, emergency room physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists and other professionals who diagnose, evaluate and treat traumatic brain injuries; and

    Whereas, Traumatic brain injuries require intensive, consistent rehabilitation and this rehabilitation can best be provided in a residential traumatic brain injury rehabilitation facility; and

    Whereas, Many West Virginians who suffer traumatic brain injuries would benefit from a residential traumatic brain injury rehabilitation facility or day program where this intensive, consistent rehabilitation can be provided; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study on the need for residential rehabilitation facilities to provide intensive and consistent rehabilitation to meet the needs, challenges and issues facing persons who sustain a traumatic brain injury; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Legislature, on the first day of the regular session, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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