PATBI Program

PATBI Goals and Priorities: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

DRC-NH receives PATBI funds to serve people with traumatic brain injuries. DRC-NH helps with disability related legal issues in the priority areas outlined below.

Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) Program

Provide counseling and advice to eligible people with traumatic brain injuries with problems in the broad areas outlined below: 

  • Ensure people with traumatic brain injuries are safe from abuse or neglect
  • Ensure children and adults with traumatic brain injuries can access supports and services in their homes and communities
  • Ensure access to area agency services in home and community based settings
  • Ensure communities and services are accessible to people with traumatic brain injuries
  • Ensure children with traumatic brain injuries can access appropriate supports in their least restrictive environment in schools and in the community
  • Ensure people with traumatic brain injuries can access employment
  • Ensure people with traumatic brain injuries are not discriminated against in housing
  • Ensure access to appropriate area agency services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries
  • Ensure access to services for children ages 0-3
  • Ensure individuals with traumatic brain injuries have a choice of case manager/service coordinator
  • Address reductions in or terminations of Medicaid services without proper notice

Provide limited or full representation to eligible people with traumatic brain injuries in the following areas:

  • Improper use of risk assessments resulting in denials of services and/or overly restrictive service settings
  • Access to area agency services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries aged 18-21
  • Access to home and community based services for individuals currently in out-of-state institutions, or institutions within NH, or who are at risk of an institutional placement
  • Exclusions, suspensions or expulsions from school of children with traumatic brain injuries
  • Restraint and seclusion in school
  • Egregious violations of rights in area agency services after informal efforts to resolve the problem have been unsuccessful

In accepting cases for limited or full representation, DRC-NH will consider the following:

  • Does the individual meet eligibility criteria?
  • Does the case have legal merit?
  • Do we have the capacity, funding and expertise to provide quality representation?
  • Does the case fit within our priorities?
  • What is the likelihood that our advocacy would make a positive difference to people with disabilities?
  • Would our advocacy result in services being provided in a more integrated setting?

 Ensure policy makers are aware of the impact of laws and regulations on the rights of and issues impacting people with traumatic brain injuries.

  • Eligibility for area agency services
  • Waitlist and other funding issues
  • School discipline
  • Juvenile justice
  • Restraint and seclusion, particularly its use on children in schools and facilities
  • Medicaid rates

Communicate to people with traumatic brain injuries, family members and others regarding the rights of and issues impacting people with traumatic brain injuries. 

  • Conduct outreach and training with priority given to:
    • Empowering people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves
    • Assisting DRC-NH to reach underserved groups and communities
    • Training and outreach focused on the North Country
  • Communicate via DRC-NH e-news, RAP Sheet, social and traditional media, website, brochures and other written materials. Priority will be given to the development of written materials in areas where we are not providing representation.

Ensure DRC-NH collaborates with other groups and organizations on the rights of and issues impacting people with traumatic brain injuries via committee work.

  • Incapacitated and Vulnerable Adult Fatality Review Commission
  • Long Term Care Advisory Committee
  • Quality Council
  • Elder Rights Coalition
  • NH Bar Association – Mental and Physical Disabilities Law Section
  • ABLE NH
  • NH Brain Injury Association Provider Council