Comparison of Intentional Deaths (Suicide) and Unintentional Motor Vehicle Traffic Deaths
with and without Traumatic Brain Injury as an Underlying Cause by State and By Year
Across Selected Demographic, Economic and Geographical Characteristics—Unites States 1999-2010
Russell C. Spearman, M. Ed., Beth Hudnall Stamm, Ph.D., and Ann D. Kirkwood, M.A.
Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury
Sherry Stock, MS CBIST Brain Injury
Alliance of Oregon
At the completion of the conference, participants will be able to:
1. Implement strategies designed to significantly improve positive outcomes for those living with brain injury and neurological conditions in all communities.
2. Summarize recent brain injury-related research with corresponding practical application and best practices.
3. Identify clinical management practices, specifically new strategies in behavioral management, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines.
4. Understand health care delivery trends and their impact on long-term brain injury and neurological conditions management, acute care, and what that can/will mean to your business.
5. Analyze past brain injury and neurological conditions -related interventions and weigh their value in today’s world-what is working.
6. To understand brain injury as a chronic disease which affects the person throughout their lifetime
7. To consider co-morbid conditions which affect the process of aging with a brain injury
8. To understand the accelerated process of aging related to people living with a brain injury
9. Create networking opportunities and build partnerships with key brain injury researchers, clinicians, and prevention professionals.
CEUs Offered/Applied for:
DC, DO, CGC, CLE,
SLP, OT, PT, CCRC, CDMS, CCMC Hours:
Thursday: 8 hours; Friday: 8 hours; Saturday: 8 hours;
all three days: 24 hours; Friday and Saturday
Total: 16 hours
Cameron Smith was appointed by
Governor Kitzhaber in as the director of the
Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Cameron
served as a policy advisor in the Governor’s
Office and had the privilege over the years of
working closely with the Department and its
partners to serve our veterans and military
families. As a proud Marine who served three
tours in Iraq, I understand the unique impacts
of war on our current generation of veterans. I
also have the deepest respect and admiration for
our shared history and all previous generations
who have served our state and nation. We know
that our work for veterans is just beginning.
Our recent veterans represent one of the
nation’s greatest assets, with hard-earned
skills and experience, yet they continue to
carry the residual effects of nearly 12 years of
war. We also have aging veterans from previous
eras such as Vietnam, Korea and World War II who
deserve the best in care, honor, and support. We
also cannot forget the service and sacrifice of
our military families that are the backbone of
our forces. With current operations overseas
winding down, we risk fading attention to
veterans’ issues. As such, we must redouble our
efforts to focus support and services for their
health, continuing education, and employment. We
must expand and improve our outreach to all
veterans and continue to grow our essential
Jacob Plasker, D.C. is a second-generation chiropractor who can personally attest to the power of chiropractic care. When he was ten-months old, Dr. Plasker suffered a head injury that left him partially paralyzed. The attending doctors said that he would never walk or talk. Through regular chiropractic care, Dr. Plasker defied the grim prognosis and dedicated his life to understanding the human nervous system so that he can deliver the same exceptional care that has allowed him to thrive today. Dr. Plasker’s case has been published in multiple publications, and he has spoken to both professional and lay audiences all over the country about the power of chiropractic.
During his time at Life University, Dr. Plasker served as the vice president for the Life Functional Neurology club where he gave weekly lectures on the complex structure and function of the human nervous system to students and doctors alike. He also attended the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies and is currently board eligible with the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Upon graduation he was presented with the Chiropractic Philosophy Distinction award for his demonstration of profound understanding of the adaptability of the human nervous system. Dr. Plasker has a true passion for patient care and has helped patients immensely with a range of complex neurological disorders including Concussion/traumatic brain injury, post-stroke rehabilitation, vertigo, peripheral neuropathy, and more.
In addition to chiropractic neurology, Dr. Plasker’s other passions include hiking, tennis, snowboarding, chess, and traveling.
Dr. Rolf Gainer, PhD,
Diplomate ABDA, serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Brookhaven Hospital as well as the Vice President of Rehabilitation Institutes of America. Dr. Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario (Canada), and previously served as its Chief Executive Officer for twenty three years. Dr. Gainer has been involved in the design and operation of brain injury rehabilitation and treatment programs since 1978. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Union University and a MEd in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University. He has published numerous articles on brain injury rehabilitation and mental health topics and has presented at many national and international conferences. He is involved in three outcome research projects related to social role return and lifespan considerations for individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Rolf B. Gainer was invited to serve on the panel of distinguished authors for The Essential Brain Injury Guide, Edition 5.0 released by the Brain Injury Association of America. Dr. Gainer's chapter on the "Psychosocial Complications of Brain Injury" addresses the psychiatric and neurobehavioral problems which can occur for individuals with brain injuries. The Essential Brain Injury Guide, Edition 5.0, a comprehensive brain injury training manual, is used in the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialist training programs and in other settings.
Glen Zielinski, DC,
DACNB, FACFN, is a chiropractic neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology. He graduated as the Valedictorian of his class from Parker College of Chiropractic, and studied functional neurology with the Carrick Institute. He earned his board certification in 2003, and was appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology with the Carrick Institute in 2004. He has spent the last decade lecturing on functional neurology, functional medicine, and neuroimmunology throughout North America and Europe.
He is the clinical director of Northwest Functional Neurology, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. His practice focuses on rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries, as well as on vestibular disorders, neurodevelopmental challenges, and movement disorders.
He has published on mechanisms of persistent post-concussion syndrome. He was honored as the Neurologist of the Year for 2014 by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, the highest award in the functional neurology profession.
As a Functional Neurologist, he is a firm believer in treating the root cause of neurological dysfunction, not just the reduction of symptoms. His goal is to maximize the function of neurological systems in order to promote the fullest expression of health.
Richard Adler, JD,
is an honors graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1980. He was called to the Bar in Washington State that same year. Mr. Adler
is the founding
principal for the law offices of Adler Giersch
ps, which is exclusively dedicated to
representing victims of traumatic brain, spinal,
and musculoskeletal injuries. Mr. Adler volunteers his time with the Brain Injury Association of Washington having served as its President (2006-2009) and current serves as its Chairman of the Executive Board. He is credited with turning around the BIAWA’s organization with initiatives to implement BIAWA’s mission of prevention, education, support, and advocacy for brain injury survivors and their caregivers. In 2009 he organized a powerful coalition of healthcare, businesses, and community partners to enact the “Zackery Lystedt Law,” names after this client, that requires medical clearance before a young athlete can return to competition or practice following concussion.
Mr. Adler has authored many publications on traumatic injuries for attorneys, healthcare providers, and the injured. His most recent book, Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Survivors and Families (2006) joins prior top-rated writings,
The Medical-Legal Aspects of Soft Tissue Injuries, and Spinal Trauma
and the Personal Injury Case, and From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim.
Mr. Adler has co-produced several educational and instructional videos for doctors on testifying at deposition and trial. Also, he writes and edits the law firm’s monthly newsletter, “The Advocate,” which focuses on various medical-legal-insurance aspects of personal injury claims. Frequently, he lectures on traumatic brain injury, personal injury and insurance law to attorneys, medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and psychologists.
Mr. Adler and the law firm of Adler Giersch PS are “AV” rated, the highest rating available, as established in a confidential survey of other attorney conducted by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2005, Mr. Adler was inducted into the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, an organization of the top trial lawyers in America. He has also received the Pro Bono Award from the Washington State Bar Association for his commitment and leadership in providing legal services to those in need every year since 2003. In 2008, Mr. Adler received the President’s Award from the American Massage Therapy Association, an award that is reserved for those who have advanced the profession of massage therapy statewide. In 2009, he received an award from the American College of Sports Medicine for “protecting the health and safety of young athletes,” in establishing the “Zackery Lystedt Law.”
Mr. Adler is licensed to practice law in federal court and all jurisdictions in the State of Washington. He is a participating member of the Washington Bar Association, Washington State Association of Justice (Eagle Status), American Association for Justice,
the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and the
Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon.
is the founder and director of Homeward Bound Rehabilitation Services and Bridges to Independence, providing services for those with acquired brain injuries for over 30 years. Bridges to Independence is a clinical site for Pacific University Occupational Therapy students which further supports Carol’s goal for each brain injured survivor to be motivated, encouraged and supported in a goal-directed, stimulating environment as they heal. In her work developing and overseeing residential and day programs, she has gained insights into best practices for addressing and mitigating those behaviors that prevent clients with ABI from fully experiencing and enjoying life.
Deana Altman, RN, BSN, is currently pursuing her Masters degrees in Business and Nursing, Deana has worked over 25 years in mental health and long-term care. As the Senior Vice President of Operation of a national senior care organization, she was responsible for the program development and nationwide operations of a large group memory care communities. She has also been a certified trainer for nurse leadership for the American Health Care Association and provided training and consulting to care providers and state associations with a focus on leading systematic changes to improve the experiences of those living and working in long term care.
Steven J. Anglés, JD, is a first generation Cuban-American. Mr. Anglés graduated on the Dean’s List with degrees in Political Science and Spanish Language Arts from Berry College, in Georgia. He remained in Georgia and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from The Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2000.
While putting himself through law school, Mr. Anglés worked for the Floyd County District Attorney’s office prosecuting criminal cases. During his service, he secured funding to protect victims of domestic violence by enabling attorneys to more effectively prosecute and convict abusers through the use of enhanced technology designed to display photographic evidence to judges and juries.
Prior to joining Adler♦Giersch PS, Mr. Anglés was admitted to the Georgia and Washington Bars and worked as in-house counsel for Progressive Insurance Company defending at-fault parties as well as the corporation itself when sued for failure to provide benefits. Over a 12-year period, his practice focused on cases involving severe injuries, insurance coverage, and complex personal injury claims. He has extensive courtroom experience, having tried over 35 jury trials and 100 bench trials in his career.
In addition to his active trial practice, Mr. Anglés developed and taught legal education courses on emerging issues to insurance agents, claim representatives, and their supervisors about issues facing injured parties and how they effect the settlement of personal injury claims and jury verdicts. He also co-founded a nationwide Employee Resource Group to enrich the holistic customer and employee experience as well as address the unique needs of the insured within the Hispanic community.
With time and experience, Mr. Anglés became increasingly disenchanted with unjust practices of insurance companies and the resulting impact those practices were having on injured parties. He wanted to put his well-earned and highly specialized knowledge of the insurance industry’s inner-workings and claim practices towards the reason he became an attorney in the first place: to stand up for those in need and advocate for those who have been harmed.
Eddie Black , B.S. Psychology and Philosophy, is an Infantry instructor with the Oregon National Guard who served in Iraq in 2004-2005. Eddie Black specializes in R3SP - Risk Reduction, Resiliency, and Suicide Prevention. The Resiliency portion follows the guidance from the Army's CSF Program - Comprehensive Soldier Fitness - in making stronger, resilient soldiers able to adapt and bounce back from obstacles that occurs in different phases of deployment, training, and life.
Scott Bloom is the Traumatic Brain Injury Council Coordinator working within the Aging and Long Term Care; Home and Community Services of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Scott, has been working for the State of Washington since 2009, having previously retired from the Army, as a Chief Warrant Officer and Aviator. Today, he serves the Traumatic Brain Injury community as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Program Manager of The Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council. Scott has spent the last year as the Clinical Supervisor of Building 9, a transitional housing program for homeless veterans in Port Orchard, WA, while continuing to provide awareness trainings to thousands of individuals on Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Culture across the state of Washington. Mr. Bloom is a member of the Disability Rights Washington; Disability Advisory Council, an Advisory Board member of the Lakewood YMCA, and a member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
Kendra Bratherton, COTA/L, Reiki II Practitioner,
PNW Head Injury Support Group Leader,
Board of Director/Secretary for Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon,
Vice President/Co-owner at Seaside Brewery,
has personal understanding of the kind of emotional and behavioral disturbances that one is often faced with after brain trauma. Kendra has sustained multiple head injuries over the course of her life and is also a spinal cord injury survivor. The first three of her head injuries and spinal cord injury occurred in her 1991-1992 college year. The last head injury occurred in 2005. In the earlier years she had to learn ways of coping with multiple cognitive, emotional and physical deficits in order to achieve her education. Her 2005 injury was more devastating due to accumulative brain trauma. She had to learn how to live life again- with physical and cognitive deficits, speech and language problems, severe migraines, PTSD, and multiple behavioral and emotional changes. Since she has overcome her many life changing experiences with success, she gladly shares her experience, strength and hope with others. She went through multiple physicians, psychiatrists, medications and alternative care methods to achieve continued success of recovery and beyond.
Through all of Kendra’s experiences during her multiple recoveries, she decided to focus, not only on her pursuit for a Psychology degree, but also to become a therapist. She has an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Baker College of Muskegon - Muskegon, MI. , completed her BA, majoring in Psychology with Thomas Edison State College - Trenton, NJ. Her early professional career was specializing in Stroke rehabilitation and head trauma and has worked for Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH, Lakewood Hospital - Lakewood, OH, Macomb Hospital -Macomb County, MI and is currently living and working in Astoria, Oregon where her professional career consists of hand therapy, cognitive retraining and physical rehabilitation. She is also part of the Clatsop EASA (Early Assessment and Support Alliance) multi-disciplinary team which is a program that works to identify young people who are experiencing psychoses and to provide the information and support they need to continue on their life path. She works as a PRN, part-time lab instructor for Linn-Benton Community College OTA (Occupational Therapy Assistant) program. She started the Pacific Northwest Head Injury Support Group back in 2012, is in pursuit of becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, became a member of the BIAOR in 2012 and is now also serving as a Board of Director. She is also part owner/Vice President of Seaside Brewing, Seaside, OR.
Melissa D. Carter, JD,
was born and raised in Washington and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1996. She then attended law school in Boston, Massachusetts and received her Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1999.
While in law school, Ms. Carter worked as a legal advocate for its Battered Women’s Clinic and assisted hundreds of victims of domestic violence to obtain and enforce restraining orders against their abusers. During her time in Boston, Ms. Carter was selected for the prestigious fellowship with the Suffolk Public Interest Law Program, which involved providing legal representation, counseling and advocacy to indigent and underprivileged individuals at the Justice Resource Institute’s Health Care Center. She also held positions at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, where she researched, investigated and prosecuted discrimination cases involving public housing, education and employment.
Prior to joining Adler♦Giersch PS, Ms. Carter followed her calling for courtroom advocacy by representing insurance companies and at-fault parties for over twelve years in claims involving complex traumatic injury, insurance contracts and commercial insurance disputes. During this time, Ms. Carter conducted and completed well over 30 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courtrooms in Washington and Massachusetts. Her most recent trials involved traumatic brain injury, wrongful death and insurance bad faith.
is the Medical Director of the OHSU Sports Medicine Program and has been an Assistant Professor at OHSU for 19 years. He is full time faculty in the
Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and Family Medicine departments. Jim has been a Team Physician for
20 years and teaches and practices sports medicine full time. Jim grew up in Portland. He attended Stanford for his undergraduate, and went to OHSU Medical School and had his residency with the Air Force. Dr Chesnutt was the President of the Oregon Academy of Family Medicine from 2004-5. He is a member of the OSAA Medical Aspects of Sports Committee, that governs Oregon HS sports. Jim is the co-director of the Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program. Dr. Chesnutt specializes in Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine and treats athletes and recreationalists of all ages. He has a special focus on the comprehensive care of the adolescent athlete through his work in high school sports medicine programs.
Dr. Chesnutt specializes in comprehensive non-operative diagnostic and treatment options, but is very knowledgeable about specialized surgical treatment options available to patients. He has a special interest in treating runners, cyclists and triathletes as well as those involved in outdoor recreational activities. He can evaluate medical problems associated with exercise and has developed a comprehensive set of specialists who can assist in the care of specialized problems.
One of Dr Chesnutt’s unique specialty areas is concussion evaluation and management. He is the Co-Director of the Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program and serves on the OSAA Medical Advisory Committee. OHSU Sports Medicine is the only credentialed ImPact provider in the Portland metropolitan area and can provide consultation to other doctors and medical personnel.
began working at Adler ♦ Giersch
PS as a Case Manager in June 2002 and since then has been effectively assisting those with traumatic injuries.
Mr. Gent earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in August 2009. He continued working for Adler Giersch, PS, while attending law school at night and completed a four year part-time law school program in just three years. At school he was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and participated in mock trials and trial skills workshops. During the summer of 2007, Mr. Gent studied international law and constitutional law at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, through the Widener Law School exchange program. During his final year, Mr. Gent worked in the Widener University Civil Law Clinic, providing free legal services to indigent, elderly, and disabled individuals on a wide variety of matters.
Befitting his ‘rising star’ status, Mr. Gent was admitted to the Bar and sworn in by two Washington Supreme Court Justices, Tom Chambers and Debra L. Stephens, during a private ceremony in October, 2010. Mr. Gent is licensed to practice law in federal court and all jurisdictions in the state of Washington. He is a participating member of the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Association for Justice (Eagle status), King County and Snohomish County Bar Associations, the Brain Injury Association of Washington, and the Greater Everett Community Foundation.
Jacob W. Gent, JD,
Dr. Grove, Vice-Chair, Alaska Brain Injury
Naturopathic Physician in general family
practice where he focuses on children with
autism, ADD/ADHD and other developmental
disorders as well as adults with brain injury.
He is an experienced Craniosacral Therapy
practitioner who works on both children and
adults. Dr. Adam Grove is also the Director of
The Neurocognitive Brain Center which diagnoses
and treats brain-based disorders in adults and
children. The center’s mission is to provide
Alaskan’s with the best options for post-acute
traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.He is a
member of the American Association of
Naturopathic Physicians.He is a frequent
presenter on topics of Autism, Brain Injury,
Environmental Medicine and topics in pediatrics.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in
Aerospace Engineering (University of Arizona,
1985), a Masters of Arts degree in Soviet Area
Studies (Naval Postgraduate School, 1992) and a
doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (Bastyr
University, 2002). He operates Head to Toe
Hollistic Healthcare here in Anchorage.
is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon. She has been working with a "downtown" population
of Severely and Persistently Ill Population for
approximately one decade, her whole career. Shauna became interested in TBIs through the work of her family member and became increasingly aware of the prevalence of unassessed TBIs in her population. It is now her mission to help explain to her patients their unique symptomology post-TBI.
Eric Hubbs, DC,
has been working in the medical field
since 1977, and the Chiropractic field since
1985. While being extremely proficient in many
medical fields, he has also taught
Chiropractic’s at Western States Chiropractic
College. His hobbies are horseback riding,
camping, skiing, and music. He is a fluent
speaker of German, French, and Spanish. He has
been living and practicing in Oregon since 1995.
Dr. Hubbs education includes: BS,
Microbiology 1977, Doctor of Chiropractic 1985,
Certificate in S.O.T. 1985, Scoliosis treatment
1987, Advanced Physiotherapies 1994,
Chiropractic Biophysics 1998; CCST (trauma
specialist) 2007, Certified / Impulse Technique
Arthur D. Leritz, JD,
received his degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1996, followed by his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law in 1999. Prior to joining ADLER ♦ GIERSCH PS, Mr. Leritz represented and defended insurers for nearly 11 years, handling a wide variety of complex insurance and personal injury cases. It was through his legal representation of at-fault defendants and insurance companies that Mr. Leritz realized his true calling was to advocate, protect, and defend those with traumatic injuries. Mr. Leritz is a contributor to From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim (2011), and is a contributor to the firm's Advocate newsletter on insurance and injury issues. He has also lectured to attorneys and healthcare providers. Mr. Leritz is licensed to practice law in federal court and all jurisdictions in the state of Washington. He is a participating member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington State Association for Justice-Eagle, the American Association of Justice, and the Brain Injury Association of Washington. Mr. Leritz has been selected and served as court-appointed arbitrator in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties to resolve personal injury and insurance cases.
Juliet Machado, BA OVT, has been a Vision Therapist for over 13 years. She is currently Director of the Vision Therapy Center at Lifetime Eye Care
in Eugene. While Juliet works with vision development for all ages, over the past 5 years, under the guidance of Dr. Carol Maruslch, her special emphasis has been with patients following TBI. Regular participation In brain injury support group meetings has further enhanced her understanding of the challenges patients face following injury and has enabled her to provide the most comprehensive care to the
individuals she works with. Juliet speaks regularly at Pacific University in Eugene, and lectures to teachers about the
importance of vision and learning.
Janet Hart Mott,
Ph.D., CRC, CCM
has been in the field of
rehabilitation for over 50 years. At
present she provides Clinical Case Management
services both through the Brain Injury Alliance
of Washington and Mott Rehabilitation Services.
Dr. Mott has developed Forensic Life Care Plans
for individuals with brain injuries as well as
other disabling conditions since the early
1980s. She serves on Trust Advisory
Dan Overton, MC, LMHC, MHP,
began his career at the Seattle VAMC working as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the Spinal Cord Injury Unit. He moved to Arizona in the early 1990’s where he earned a Master’s Degree in counseling and was appointed to the Arizona Governors Council on Spinal and Head Injury. He has worked with county, state, federal, for profit and not for profit agencies in the areas of physical rehab, behavioral health and addictions. In 2008, he began working as a Psychology Associate at Stafford Creek Correction Center where he, along with the rest of the team, was awarded the State Innovator Award for the successful creation of the “veteran’s pod” pilot at Stafford Creek. Before joining WDVA, he worked as Behavioral Health Department Manager for the Quinault Indian Nation and served for the City of Ocean Shores as City Council Member. He has presented professional seminars for a number of years, taught undergraduate psychology for Western International University’s Behavioral Science Department and has guest lectured at Arizona State University and Eastern Washington University. His work over the decades has never strayed far from working with veterans or Traumatic Brain Injury and so it his a pleasure to serve as the Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist for the Washington Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC,
credentials as a Nationally Certified Counselor
and personal experience with traumatic brain
injury and mental health care, author Tanya J.
Peterson uses writing and speaking to increase
understanding of and compassion for people
living with brain injury and/or mental illness
as well as to help all people enhance their own
mental health and well-being. She has written
four critically acclaimed, award-winning,
mental-health-themed novels and a self-help book
about acceptance and commitment therapy which is
available as a course for continuing education
credits on GenesisCE.org. Tanya also writes
extensively for the mental health website
HealthyPlace.com. Her HealthyPlace writing
includes a weekly column entitled
Anxiety-Schmanxiety. Additionally, she writes
the main article in their weekly newsletter and
has written more than 100 articles about various
mental health topics that appear around the
HealthyPlace.com. Further, Tanya has written
numerous mental health articles for varying
online and print sources. She has been a guest
on radio programs, speaking about mental health
and her writing. She also has her own radio show
dedicated to mental health and overcoming
obstacles like mental illness and brain injury.
She has spoken about mental health regionally
and nationally. She lives with her family in
Oregon. Visit tanyajpeterson.com to learn more
about Tanya and find links to connect with her.
Russell C. Spearman
is the Project Director for Idaho's Traumatic Brain Injury Partnership Implementation grant from the Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal and Children's Health Bureau. Since August 2000 Russ has been employed by the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University- Boise. Prior to this Russ was responsible for developing and implementing all aspects related to Idaho's 1915 C Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver for adults with a traumatic brain injury. He is the former Executive Director for Idaho's Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. He is the lead author of "The Use of Medicaid Waivers and Their Impact on Services". Russ was instrumental in developing and transitioning Idaho's nationally recognized Home of Your Own Initiative, a single family secondary mortgage program, that today has assisted over
100 people with disabilities realize their dream of home ownership.
Over the past 34 years he has personally and in
collaboration with others assisted in the
passage of several pieces of legislation on
behalf of Idahoans with disabilities. Russ
received his undergraduate degree from Manhattan
College and his Master's degree from the College
of Idaho. He is married with two children, one
who experienced a traumatic brain injury in
1993. Russ was recognized by the National
Association of Social Workers - Idaho Chapter in
2002 as the public citizen of the year for his
work with people with disabilities. In 2009 Russ
was honored as a health care hero by the Idaho