WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities’ TBI

TBI symptoms often present similarly to Substance Abuse Disorders; People who have TBIs are more likely to turn to substances (alcohol or drugs) to cope with their injury. It can be difficult to decipher whether the symptoms (aggression, confusion, etc) are from TBI or substance use.

2.       When working with patients- “Don’t open and unload someone’s ‘baggage’ unless you have the time and energy to help them pack it back up. Let them show pieces of their baggage on their own terms”

3.       Crisis Call Center (775-784-8090) 24-hour crisis line providing a safe, non-judgmental source of support for individuals in any type of crisis; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis

4.       When working with veterans- The VA only tests for TBI in post-9/11 veterans. Anyone before 9/11 has not been tested (Korean, Vietnam, etc.) unless they’ve sought out services; The VA has adapted a “polytrauma/TBI System of Care” which is an integrated network of specialized rehabilitation programs for veterans. This allows them to access most services needed under one roof. https://www.polytrauma.va.gov/system-of-care/index.asp https://www.polytrauma.va.gov/ConcussionCoach.asp

5.       Medicaid 1115 Waiver expands treatment options for people with Substance Abuse Disorder. What DHHR’s website doesn’t mention is that it can be used to help patient’s seek alternative treatments such as cannabis/CBD oils https://dhhr.wv.gov/News/2017/Pages/DHHR%E2%80%99s-Medicaid-Program-to-Expand-Substance-Use-Treatment-and-Services.aspx.

6.       WVU CED programs and services are expansive. Their website provides good insight on what they offer- http://www.cedwvu.org/ http://tbi.cedwvu.org

 

WVU faculty named 2018-2019 Benedum Distinguished Scholars

WVU faculty named 2018-2019 Benedum Distinguished Scholars

Four exceptional faculty members at West Virginia University have been named 2018-2019 Benedum Distinguished Scholars in recognition of the high caliber of their research and scholarly activity, including neuroscience professor Bernard Schreurs.
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WVU researchers explore stroke’s effects on microbiome

When the microbiomes in our guts are disturbed, it causes indigestion. But for stroke patients, those same disturbances can affect recovery. WVU researchers are studying how the gut and brain influence each other.
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Two School of Medicine programs ranked in top 100 graduate programs by US News

On March 12, U.S. News and World Report released the latest ranking of top 100 graduate programs in the nation. WVU was ranked 48th in primary care medicine, and 84th for medical research.
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WVU School of Dentistry takes tobacco cessation efforts on the road

Faculty and students at the School of Dentistry are leading tobacco cessation efforts at the Health Sciences Center, both in the classroom and the clinic. The School hosts a continuing education course for a multitude of healthcare professionals to learn how they can work together on treatment plans for patients trying to become tobacco free.
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NAMI members, CEO Mary Giliberti discusses the many successes

In a video message to NAMI members, CEO Mary Giliberti discusses the many successes over the past year, including the increase in NAMI brand awareness, significant legislative wins, new support programs and services, and research.

Giliberti attributes the increase in brand awareness to the growing number of celebrity ambassadors who have supported the cause and several high-profile partnerships including companies like Lord & Taylor,  Boeing, Michelin, Showtime and IHeart Radio.

Giliberti also outlines the work NAMI has done to advocate for better mental health coverage through Medicaid, her involvement with the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, and increased calls for more research in collaboration with universities, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies that guide these efforts.

“Our message on research is this — if we can have a moon shot to cure cancer, then why not a Mars Shot to find new answers for mental illness!” said Giliberti.  “We won’t stop until this vision becomes a reality,”

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