The Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance Center (TBI TAC) supported the efforts of the
Federal TBI Program in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The HRSA Federal TBI Program was established in 1996 to focus on helping state and local agencies develop resources so that all individuals with TBI and their families will have accessible, available, acceptable, and appropriate services and supports.
HRSA administered two types of grants:
1. State Implementation Partnership (IP) grants which work to establish an infrastructure for the delivery of TBI-related services and to improve states' ability to make systems change that will sustain the TBI service delivery infrastructure.
2. Protection and Advocacy (P&A) grants which focus on protecting the rights of individuals with TBI and advocating on their behalf.
The mission of the TBI TAC was to maintain a center that: meets grantees' need for information, provides technical assistance, supports the ongoing efforts of federal program staff to be responsive to legislative and policy issues, and assists states as they seek to establish systems change.
Ongoing project tasks included: making available the most recent information concerning TBI; providing technical assistance to grantees through site visits, annual needs assessments, conference calls, and webinars; maintaining a searchable database and an interactive listserv; developing information products, facilitating an annual leadership meeting, and identifying experts and strategies for systems change in the area of TBI. The TBI TAC also supports the Federal Interagency Committee on TBI, a group focused on maximizing collaboration and coordination of federal programs relevant to individuals with TBI and their families.