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Tue December 9, 2008
Governor supports brain injury funding
By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, Wy – Victims of traumatic brain injury have received support from the governor. Dave Freudenthal is asking legislators for an additional 2-point-8 million dollars in his supplemental budget request. The money would provide rehabilitation services for up to 76 additional victims of traumatic brain injury. Right now the state has more than 30 people on a waiting list for services. They are unlikely to receive a waiver for brain injury therapy unless the program is funded. The governor's health policy advisor Wendy Curran says demand for treatment has soared.
"Even though we funded the program at what we thought was a full level last year, there are now more people eligible for the services than we expected."
Studies suggest that patients have a much better chance for improvement if treatment is provided more quickly. According to government statistics, Wyoming has one of the highest rates of brain injury in the country. The budget request must be approved by the legislature.