The Brain Injury Commission was established in outside section 160 of the FY2011 budget:

SECTION 160. There is hereby established a special commission to make an investigation and study relative to the rehabilitative residential and integrated community-based support services for persons with acquired brain injury and persons with traumatic brain injury in the commonwealth. The commission shall consist of the chairs of the joint committee on health care financing or their designees, who shall serve as co-chairs; 1 member of the house of representatives appointed by the minority leader; 1 member of the senate appointed by the minority leader; the secretary of health and human services or a designee; the assistant secretary for the office of disabilities and community services or a designee; the commissioner of public health or a designee from the office on health and disability; the commissioner of medical assistance or a designee; and 4 persons appointed by the governor. The target populations for the investigation shall be persons of all ages with neurocognitive and neurobehavioral deficits stemming from traumatic or acquired brain injury.

The investigation and study shall include, but not be limited to the availability, nature and adequacy of the following services for the target population: acute and long-term medical and cognitive rehabilitation and outpatient services; therapy services; residential nursing care; structured day treatment and day activity programs; club programs; respite care services; community-based housing; home-based services; family support programs; case management; companion services; personal care attendant services; specialized medical equipment and supplies; environmental modifications; counseling and training; and prevocational services.

The commission shall file a report of its findings with the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than April 1, 2011. The report shall include recommendations for improving services for people with acquired or traumatic brain injury, the cost of maintaining or establishing those services and any legislation necessary to implement or allow for the development or expansion of services for the target population.

Approved June 30, 2010.

And was amended with the following language on 01/03/2011 by Chapter 409 in the Acts of 2010:

SECTION 27. The first paragraph of section 160 of said chapter 131 is hereby amended by striking out the second sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- The commission shall consist of 2 members of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the house, 2 members of the senate, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the president of the senate, the secretary of health and human services or a designee; the assistant secretary of the office of disabilities and community services or a designee; the commissioner of public health or a designee from the office on health and disability, the commissioner of the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission or a designee, the secretary of elder affairs, and the secretary of veterans services and 9 persons appointed by the governor. The co-chairs of the commission shall be designated by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house.

SECTION 28. The last paragraph of said section 160 of said chapter 131 is hereby amended by striking out the words "April 1, 2011" and inserting in place thereof the following words:- September 30, 2011.




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