The State of Washington Cuts Funding Available to Support Groups by 50%

What was the envy of all most every state in the country and one of the few successful programs that WA State TBI Act "the tommy manning act" has produced feels the shock wave of much less funding even though funds are available in the dedicated account for support groups.  The state is set to take funding back to 2008-2009 rates even after the extreme growth and quality satisfaction of the program.  As leaders of groups are finding out just how significant the cuts are most are figuring how to downsize as well as which groups to discontinue providing.

Just shortly after the organization leader Penny Condoll received the golden slipper award for her award winning programs and supports for those living with brain injury the amount that support groups was cut in half, that will teach you for doing to good of a job.

We are on the 5th program coordinator for the state of Washington TBI Program and every time as the guard changes in the states TBI Program so does how they do business.  The state went from 9 support groups providing services for a couple hundred people to over 60 groups serving thousands at a couple of dollars a person.  It does seem the state either did not realize what they were funding or they want to deliberately downsize or destabilize these support for political reasons, many of the survivor lead groups think its discrimination because the majority of these groups our lead by those living with brain injury.  Let us hope it is a oversite and can be resolved meanwhile groups are on hold in many cases and discussion of what groups to cut and eliminate if this stands.  I think right now the best thing we can do is reach out to the TBI Council and our legislators with this simple message

FUND BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUPS AT LAST YEARS LEVELS OR MORE

Tell them don't cut funding to support groups here is the tbi council list below

Open council members list by clicking this link

as well you can contact your legislator or senator by clicking here

HERE IS A LIST OF ALL WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATORS EMAIL THEM ALL

LET THEM KNOW SUPPORT GROUPS MATTER

#SUPPORTGROUPSMATTER 

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Comment by Edward on August 28, 2015 at 3:25pm

Thanks for standing up for survivors and groups people have no clue how important they are keep up the fight

Comment by TBI Survivors Network on August 28, 2015 at 12:26pm

Talk to several legislators today, I told them I truly believe it is a oversight, and needs to be addressed.  I do believe this will get resolved and it is a oversight, but my main job is to advocate for those groups providing such great support and peer mentoring and to see it cut in half would be a shame and a devastation in so many lives, so we need to keep reaching out I am not sure that folks realize the great work that is being done, and it is more than a cup of coffee... I will share updates as i know about them, but their is power in our voices and now is the time to use them. Craig

Comment by TBI Survivors Network on August 27, 2015 at 7:24pm

cuts will be big 

Comment by Ethan on August 27, 2015 at 5:20pm

SO SO SAD Does anyone know who exactly is responsible for this

Comment by Nate on August 27, 2015 at 5:18pm

truly disgusting it makes me sick

Comment by Nate on August 27, 2015 at 4:29pm

you made the scale to high so the other stuff looks worse so they want this to be crap to

Comment by Nate on August 27, 2015 at 4:28pm

this just pisses me off, why it just don't make since the problem is it was to good of a service the only only that isnt mostly crap

Comment by Jeffery Hoinin on August 27, 2015 at 4:25pm

I am contacting media outlets and news stations

Comment by Matt Kramer on August 27, 2015 at 4:21pm

It is so hurtful these always create great obstacles in the lives who need these services and its not just the best one of things out of the tbi act its the only service that is of any significant use to so many

Comment by Randy on August 27, 2015 at 3:26pm

agreed they know what they are doing ill send letters out tomorrow it just sucks it is over and over again

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