Goodwill to Host Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council Public Hearing

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For Immediate Release

September 19, 2012

Goodwill to Host Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council Public Hearing
Hearing will be held September 25 at Goodwill’s Offices in Portland

Portland – Goodwill Industries of Northern New England will host the third and final public hearing addressing the needs of individuals with brain injuries on Tuesday, September 25, from 2-5 pm at Goodwill’s main offices (353 Cumberland Avenue). The Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council (ABIAC) held hearings in Presque Isle and Brewer earlier this month to receive information from individuals with brain injuries, their families, rehabilitation experts, providers of services and the public in an effort to generate greater understanding of the growing public health issue.

Goodwill President & CEO, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, will open the public hearing with remarks and will introduce Representative Ann Haskell (D-Portland).

The public hearing is open to all individuals who would like to share their stories of brain injury. Written and spoken comments are welcome. Metered and garage parking is available nearby. Light refreshments will be served. The ABIAC will accept comments through the close of business day on Monday, October 1, and should be submitted to: Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council, Brain Injury Services, OADS/ DHHS, 11 State House Station, 2nd Floor Marquardt Building, Augusta, ME  04333 or emailed to OACPDS.DHHS@maine.gov.

Matt Hickey, Director of Residential Services for Goodwill, and member of ABIAC, will be available for comments, as well as several clients who receive services at Goodwill NeuroRehab Services.

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