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State-of-the-States 2019

SOS 2019

30th Annual State of the States in Head Injury Meeting
Moving with the Times: 30 Years in Brain Injury Service and Delivery
Sponsored by the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
September 23-26, 2019
Crowne Plaza Hotel Kansas City Downtown
1301 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, Missouri

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This year marks the 30th State of the States in Head Injury Meeting, first held in 1990, and has the distinction of being the only annual national conference designed to foster communication and professional development among State government brain injury program administrators. Each year, approximately 100 key State and federal government employees; consumers; Brain Injury Association of America chartered state affiliates and U.S. Brain Injury Alliance state associations; and other professionals responsible for administering brain injury rehabilitation, community integration programs and services, assemble to learn about State and Federal initiatives, promising practices, and program administration. The State of the States program offers plenary and workshop sessions on a variety of topics covering treatment and rehabilitation; community services and supports; and outreach to unserved and underserved populations, as well as opportunities for information sharing among participants.

For further information you may contact either Jennifer Braun or Maggie Ferguson, co-chairs of the 2019 State of the States Planning Committee.

Pre-Conference Workshop: A Pre-conference session will be held on Monday, September 23rd, 2019. The theme of the pre-conference is “Person Centered Approaches in Theory, Systems and Practice.” Further information will be forthcoming on the topics and speakers. Individuals who wish to attend both the pre-conference and full conference, beginning on September 24th, will need to register and pay for both accordingly.

Conference: NASHIA will hold its 30th Annual State of the States (SOS) Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, starting September 24th through 26th, 2019, following the pre-conference session on September 23rd. The conference theme is “Moving with the Times: 30 Years in Brain Injury Service and Delivery.” In keeping with the theme, the conference will feature a variety of topics presented by national, federal, state and other professionals who are experts and leaders in brain injury research, prevention, rehabilitation, employment, and service delivery. NASHIA’s Annual Membership Meeting will also be held in conjunction with the conference.

ACL TBI State Partnership Grantees: NASHIA will provide opportunities for ACL TBI Partnership Program grantee workgroups to meet at scheduled times during the conference. If you are interested in such arrangements, please contact Rebeccah Wolfkiel, Executive Director, at

Who Should Attend? The meeting is open to all who are involved and are interested in the field of brain injury as it relates to rehabilitation, education and community services and supports for individuals with brain injury of all ages – children, youth and adults. This includes public and private program administrators and providers; clinicians; advocates; individuals with brain injury; families; professionals; and anyone interested in overall service delivery for individuals with brain injury and their families.


There are several opportunities for organizations and agencies to sponsor a conference function, as well as to exhibit information during the conference. Sponsors may place an ad in the conference program, sponsor a meal or break and/or insert an item in an attendee packet. Sponsorship includes a variety of perks including, complimentary meeting registration; event signage; and verbal recognition at the event. Agencies and organizations are invited to display their products and services. Exhibitors will receive a complimentary meeting registration and information about the organization in the final printed program.

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Conference Registration: Rates have been established for NASHIA members, non-members and students for both the pre-conference and the full conference. A special rate has also been designated for those wishing to attend only one day of the conference meeting. Individuals who wish to attend either or both the pre-conference and the full conference will need to register and pay by Friday, August 30, 2019. A late fee of $50 will be assessed after August 30. If you are not a current NASHIA member, please click here for more information about joining NASHIA. Join NOW and save registration costs and enjoy other member benefits! You may also join during the registration process.

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*Note: To register using the Student rate, please submit a transcript or letter from your college or university to Donna Huckestein at to confirm your status as a full-time student.

Hotel Accommodations:

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Kansas City Downtown,1301 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO, located next to the Bartle Hall Convention Center in the Power & Light Entertainment District in central Kansas City. The hotel recently underwent a cosmetic refresh on all of their guest rooms, bar and public spaces. Hotel stay includes free Wi-Fi internet access, fitness and wellness center, a Starbucks off the lobby, and the Depot, and The Rail Bar & Bites. Centrally located, the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown is within walking distance to the Power & Light District, H&R Block World Headquarters, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Midland Theater and the Sprint Center Arena and within minutes of Kemper Arena, American Royal, River Market, Crown Center and the Country Club Plaza.

Hotel Reservations: A room block is available for the conference and pre-conference sessions for reservations made by September 1, 2019. The conference rate is $154 for single and double occupancy; $174 per night for triple occupancy; and $194 for quadruple occupancy, plus taxes and $1.50 Kansas City Development fee. To receive the hotel conference rate, you may book online using the link below or by contacting Krista DeJong directly at 816-460-6624 or via email at by Monday, September 1, 2019 (“cut off-date”). Please mention that you are making a reservation for “NASHIA.”

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Hotel Parking

Overnight Parking:

Self-parking: $19.00 · Valet parking: $23.00

Non-overnight Parking:

Self-parking: $10 · Valet parking: $14

Kansas City International Airport (KCI):

The Kansas City International (KCI) Airport is a public airport 15 miles northwest of downtown Kansas City. Most major airlines fly into the airport. The airport consists of three terminals. Terminal A (gates A1-A30, which all are currently out of use), Terminal B (gates B31-B60), and Terminal C (gates C61-C90). Today, Terminal B contains 20 gates and Terminal C contains 22 gates. Kansas City closed Terminal A on January 8, 2014. In November 2017, Kansas City, Missouri voters approved a plan to build a new terminal on the site currently occupied by Terminal A. As of January 2018, Terminal C is undergoing renovations to better handle international flights.

About Kansas City

Kansas City sits on Missouri's western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It's known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections. Visitors can sit down to a game of cards in a riverboat casino before enjoying a show at the Kansas City Symphony. Or they can honor resident legend Charlie Parker with a stop at the American Jazz Museum before sinking their teeth into the famous Arthur Bryant's barbecue.

The Power & Light (P&L) Entertainment District is spread across nine blocks and over a half million square feet and is a vibrant dining, shopping, office and entertainment district which has won awards for its regeneration of the Downtown neighborhood. At its heart is Kansas City Live! with two floors of bars and restaurants, and a covered outdoor plaza which hosts gigs and events. Completed in 2008, the P&L development also is the home of the Sprint Center, a 20,000 capacity indoor sports and music venue.




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