DRC Programs - PATBI


Protection & Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)


The PATBI program was created in 2002 to provide Protection and Advocacy services to individuals with traumatic brain injury. Although P&As often served such individuals under PAIR, CAP, or PABSS, this grant provides more resources specifically to address the unique needs of this population. The Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury program is a federally funded program authorized by the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 (a history), ammended with the TBI Act Amendments of 2000 as part of Title XIII of the Children's Health Act of 2000, and reauthorized by the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 2008. The Act provides grants to Protection and Advocacy systems to insure that individuals with TBI and their families have access to:
  • Information, referrals and advice
  • Individual and family advocacy
  • Legal Representation; and
  • Support and assistance with self-advocacy
Anyone who has suffered a crania-cerebral head trauma as an occurrence of injury to the head arising from a blunt or penetrating trauma or from acceleration-deceleration forces that are associated with skull fracture, diagnosed intracranial lesions, decreased level of consciousness, amnesia, or other neurologic or neuropsychologic abnormalities is eligible for PATBI services.
Click here to read an HRSA news brief from 2003 for information about this program.
The members of the TBI Advisory Council are available here.
TBI News
You're Invited to the Webinar

June 18. 2013
From 2 -3 pm ET

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER                           

Preventing and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Children

This collaborative webinar between the Children's Safety Network and the HRSA Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance Center (TBI TAC) at NORC will provide an overview of the burden of TBI among young children ages, 0-4, the work of the HRSA Traumatic Brain Injury Program, and efforts to mitigate the impact of TBI on this population. Focusing on the state of Utah, participants will learn about the Medical Home Portal, highlights from the state's training on TBI in 0-4 year olds, and research in the area. The opportunity to participate in CSN's upcoming Community of Practice on Traumatic Brain Injury will also be presented.

About Our Speakers

Sally Fogerty

Director of the Children's Safety Network National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center George Bahouth

Senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and directs the Children's Safety Network Economics and Data Analysis Resource Center at PIRE Donelle McKenna

Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Division of Services for Children with Special Healthcare Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

Click here for more information about our speakers

Courtney Jones

Speech-Language Pathologist at Primary Children Medical Center, chairperson for the Utah Traumatic Brain Injury Council Chuck Norlin

Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine.


  TBI Literature

The DRC TBI and Returning Military Personnel flyer is now available to download in PDF format. Military personnel that return from service are more likely now to have a brain injury than ever before, and it's important to recognize the symptoms and not be descriminated against because of it. You can download the flyer here. (pdf)
Our newest TBI brochure, Important First Steps to Caring for Persons with Brain Injury, discusses what brain injury and concussion are, the characteristics of brain injury and how to recognize it, and offers tips for working with individuals with brain injuries. You can download that flyer here (pdf).
Traumatic Brain Injury Services Resource Manual, 2nd ed. was written by the Arkansas Department of Health's Center for Health Protection, and provides a comprehensive list of resources and services in Arkansas for persons with TBI and their families, case managers, and hospital discharge planners. It provides general informaiton on brain injury, then details the federal, state, and specialty services providers that meet the licensing and certification standards for the State of Arkansas. You can download the manual here (pdf).
TBI Tip Sheets give valuable information on the symptoms, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery for traumatic brain injury (TBI), blast injury, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and concussion (mild brain injury). Written for families, survivors, educators, therapists, clinicians and advocates, they are filled with strategies and tips on specific topics. You can order your free copies right here using our convenient order form.
Free Book to Download
The Rand Corporation has published a book titled Invisible Wounds of War which focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, and traumatic brain injury among returning veterans. A free downloadable copy is available.


DRC Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)
Advisory Council


Mission Statement
To passionately assist the lives of people with disabilities through education, empowerment, and protection of their legal rights.
Vision Statement
A council that provides leadership to DRC, other organizations, agencies and individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and their families in order to maximize the quality of life for all Arkansans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.
PATBI Program Staff
Elizabeth R. Eskew, MA2
PATBI Program Coordinator
Jennifer Holloway
PATBI/AC Administrative Support
Advisory Council Members

Trible Moseley, Maumelle, AR
Shaun Best,  Smackover, AR
    Vice Chair
Mary Lou Lane, Dardanelle, AR
    Immediate Past-Chair
Victoria Burris, Secretary, Jonesboro, AR
Sonja Dillard, Dumas, AR
Yousef Fahoum, Maumelle, AR
    Brain Injury Alliance of Arkansas, UALR/UAMS
Saundra Harris, Mainstream, Little Rock, AR
Bernie Quell, Little Rock, AR
    CRC, LPC, Program Manager Ar. Dept. of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult  Services
Aleecia Starkey, Sherwood, AR
    Dawson Education Cooperative Liaison Group
Bettye Watts, Little Rock, AR
    Arkansas Department of Health, Injury Prevention and Control Branch

The PATBI/AC meets twice a year in Little Rock and is seeking new members from around the state. If you would like to be considered for election to the Advisory Council, please download and complete the application form and mail it to:
Elizabeth R. Eskew, MA2
Traumatic Brain Injury Coordinator/Rep Payee
Disability Rights Center of Arkansas
1100 N. University, Ste. 201
Little Rock, AR 72207


Advisory Board Meetings
June 15, 2013 9:30 a.m.
December 14, 2013 10 a.m.