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RMHC Presents at the International Brain Injury Association World Congress on Brain Injury

Dr. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, with colleagues from the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, presented two posters at the International Brain Injury Association World Congress on Brain Injury.

Drs. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga and Marion Becker, with CBCS researcher Diane Haynes, presented Predictors of behavioral health services and associated costs: Individuals with TBI in Florida.  Analysing service utilization data to identify treatment episodes in behavioral health care settings (inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse) and encounters with the criminal justice system, they were able to identify predictors of and associated costs of co-occurring mental health substance abuse patterns of individuals with TBI within Medicaid users. Further, their study provided new information about service use costs and expenditures for this unique population.

The second presentation, with Dr. Deborah Rugs and Kristina Martinez, from the VA Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, examined how the Smart Home (SH) technology developed at the Tampa James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital’s Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP), may be integrated into home-based populations to maximize freedom, promote independence, and increase safety for Veterans.  They found that the use of SH technology reinforced the use of compensatory strategies started early in the recovery process, aiding in the success of the rehabilitation process.

 For more information about Dr. Dillahunt-Aspillaga and these projects, contact her at cdillahuntas@usf.edu.