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State Systems Change

Why is State Systems Change important?

TBI is not just a medical issue. A TBI can affect every aspect of a person's life (e.g., education, employment, social and family relationships, emotional health, and mobility). As a result, individuals with TBI and their families must often find and gain access to an array of services. Because individual needs are different and can change over time, it is important that systems provide person-centered services and supports. In other words, service systems should be flexible enough to meet the unique needs of individuals with TBI and their families. Unfortunately, few systems are equipped to provide this form of person-centered service. The Federal TBI Program supports systems change activities so that individual States can evaluate their current structures and policies with the goal of ensuring that their systems better meet the needs of individuals with TBI and their families.