Maryland TBI Advisory Board

​​Authority and Purpose

The Maryland State Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board (TBIAB) was authorized in October 2005. (Chapter 306, Acts of 2005; Chapter 236, Acts of 2008) The TBIAB consists of 36 voting members, who represent consumers, families and caregivers, advocates, government officials, health care professionals and elected officials.  For a complete list of members, please see Appendix A.

  • The Vision of the TBI Advisory Board is to prevent brain injury and maximize the quality of life for every Marylander affected by brain injury.
  • The Mission is to identify needs, gaps in services, and potential funding resources by building relationships and collaborating with elected officials and heads of state agencies that will influence policy, promote prevention, education, and effective interventions that impact outcomes in order to support recovery and quality of life for every Marylander affected by brain injury.

The statutory charge of the TBIAB is to:

  • Investigate the needs of citizens with traumatic brain injuries;
  • Identify gaps in services to citizens with traumatic brain injuries;
  • Facilitate collaboration among State agencies that provide services to individuals with traumatic brain injuries;
  • Facilitate collaboration among organizations and entities that provide services to individuals with traumatic brain injuries; and
  • Encourage and facilitate community participation in program implementation.

The TBIAB is required by § 13-2105(6) of the Health General Article, Md. Ann. Code, in accordance with § 2-1246 of the State Government Article, to issue an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly that contains recommendations for:
  • Providing oversight in acquiring and utilizing State and federal funding dedicated to services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries;
  • Building provider capacity and provider training to address the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injuries; and
  • ​Improving the coordination of services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries.


Contact:

Stefani O’Dea, Behavioral Health Administration

410-402-8476; Stefani.odea@maryland.gov​


2019 Meeting schedule

January 13, 2021                1-3pm    

March 10, 2021                   11 am-1 pm BI Awareness day

May 12, 2021                        1-3pm

July 14, 2021                        1-3pm    

September 8, 2010           1-3pm

November 10, 2021            1-3pm

  

Meeting Location

Meetings are virtual until further notice.

Board Membership

The Maryland TBI Advisory Board membership is comprised of ex officio members, Governor's appointees, agency designees, and representatives from specified agencies and organizations.

Are you interested in being appointed to the Board?​

http://govappointments.maryland.gov/ 


Current list of Board members 

Gil Abramson, Esq, Representing Individuals with Brain Injury​

Jeronica Baldwin, MDH, Office of Long Term Services and Supports

Jody Boone Division of Rehabilitation Service

Sandra Bestinelli, Representing individuals with brain injury

Larry Cadenhead, Representing Families/Caregivers of Individuals with Brain Injury

Joan Carney, Ed.D. Brain Injury Association of Maryland

Alison Cernich, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn (ex-officio) National Institutes of Health

Joyce Dantzler Center for Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention

Norma Eisenberg Representing Families/ Caregivers of Individuals with Brain Injury

Laurie Elinoff Statewide Independent Living Council/ Representing Individuals with Brain Injury

Amanda Gallagher, MA CCC-SLP, Representing Professionals

Thomas Gallup, Representing Families/ Caregivers of Individuals with Brain Injury

Janet Furman Developmental Disabilities Administration

Paul Hartman Center for Independent Living/ Representing Individuals with Brain Injury

Claudette Matthews, Office of Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Marny Helfrich, M.Ed. Maryland State Department of Education

Linda Hutchinson Troyer Brain Injury Association of Maryland

Martin Kerrigan Brain Injury Association of Maryland

Norda Kitrie, Representing Families/Caregivers of Individuals with Brain Injury

Cory Kovacik, Sinai Hospital

Carole A. Mays,  RN, MS, CEN Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems

Kara Melcavage, Representing individuals with brain injury

Stefani O’Dea Behavioral Health Administration

Bryan Pugh Brain Injury Association of Maryland

Kirsten Robb-McGrath, Maryland Department of Disabilities

Gabriel Rubinstein, Disability Rights Maryland

Mellissa Ruff, Representing Families/ Caregivers of Individuals with Brain Injury

Lisa A. Schoenbrodt, Loyola College ​

Lt. Stephen Thomas, Representing Law Enforcement

Adrienne Walker-Pittman Representing Individuals with Brain Injury

Heather Wheeler, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute


Maryland Legislative Appointments (ex-officio)

Senator Nancy J. King

Democrat, District 39, Montgomery County


Staff to the Board

Nikisha Marion Behavioral Health Administration

Arin Jayes, Brain Injury Association of Maryland


Documents and Reports 

2016 TBI Advisory board annual report​


​​Resources

Maryland Behavioral Health Administration http://bha.dhmh.maryland.gov/pages/index.aspx

Maryland Department of Disabilities http://mdod.maryland.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

The Brain Injury Association of Maryland http://www.biamd.org/

Maryland Violence and Injury Prevention http://phpa.dhmh.maryland​.gov/ohpetup/Pages/eip.aspx​

Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services systems (MIEMSS)  http://www.miemss.org/home/

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration http://dda.dhmh.maryland.gov/Pages/home.aspx

National Association of State Head Injury Administrators www.nashia.org

Brain Injury Association of America www.biausa.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  http://www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury/index.html​


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