North Dakota Brain Injury Network Receives Increase in State Funding

Aug 14, 2017

The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) at the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences receives an increase of $100,000 in state funding for this fiscal year. The additional funding will be used to develop a statewide brain injury strategic plan under the newly formed Governor's Advisory Council for Brain Injury.

The additional funding is provided through the North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS). Rebecca Quinn, NDBIN program director said the increase makes up about one third of NDBIN's $292,000 budget. Last year NDBIN's funding was reduced, so this year's amount essentially restores their original budget. "North Dakota's brain injury services are still in the developmental phase," Quinn said, "and the additional funds will help us develop a more strategic way to continue our education and outreach."

NDBIN was established in 2013 and works throughout North Dakota raising awareness of brain injury. They assist individuals in navigating the service system and provide technical assistance in finding the right resources. They hold an annual conference titled Mind Matters where brain injury survivors, family members, expert speakers, and healthcare providers discuss brain injury services and share best practices.

NDBIN is funded by a contract with the North Dakota DHS to provide information and support to individuals with brain injury and family members, and to assist them with navigating the service system.