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Welcome to our Open House in Pennsylvania

Lakeview NeuroCare at Lewistown is a therapeutic residentialprogram for adolescent males ages twelve through seventeen withchallenges related to autism, pervasive developmental disorder andother neurological conditions that impact behavioral functioning, selfcareskills, education, and communication. The program is situatedon a nine acre estate in a quiet neighborhood that offers easy accessto downtown Lewistown. Please be our guest for an open house at Lakeview NeuroCare atLewistown. 25 Woods Lane, Lewistown, PA 17044Tuesday, June 21, 20112:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm Presentation "Autism and Applied Behavioral Analysis"Michael Mozzoni, PhD, BCBA, CBISTReceive One (1) Certified Case Management or One (1) CertifiedRehabilitation Counselor Continuing Education Unit. RSVP to 800-473-4221, Admissions Department

Esteemed “Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury: 2nd Edition” is Now Available

Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Jonathan M. Silver, M.D., Thomas W. McAllister, M.D., and Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D.

    The Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury, published by the American Psychiatric Association Press, is considered one of the definitive texts in the field of TBI.  This recently released volume addresses the broad range of types and severity of injuries and treatments for the complex physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms resulting from brain injury.  A research-based resource for the professional clinical reader, this text provides in-depth information for all those interested in state of the art knowledge for the brain injury field.  The book includes chapters on special populations including Traumatic Brain Injury in the Context of War, authored by Kimberly S. Meyer, MSN, CNRN, Brian Ivins, MPS, Selina Doncevic, RN, MSN, Henry Lew, MD, PhD, Tina Trudel, PhD and Michael S. Jaffee, MD.  Along with her work as the former Site Director (2005-2010) and present role as Research Coordinator of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Charlottesville Rehabilitation Programs, chapter co-author Dr. Trudel is the Chief Operating Officer for Lakeview, providing clinical leadership across hospital, residential, community and home based rehabilitation services.

    Chapter contents include:


USA TODAY Reports on Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Lakeview’s CEO and Chairman of the Brain injury Association’s Business and Professional Council Christopher Slover concurs with BIAA’s commentary that USA Today ("For Brain Injuries, a Treatment Gap") accurately reported the need for individuals who sustain brain injuries to access medically-necessary rehabilitation of sufficient scope, intensity and duration from licensed professionals in accredited settings to regain the physical abilities and cognitive skills needed to live healthy, independent and satisfying lives. Both Lakeview and the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) recommend everyone check his or her health insurance plan to make sure they are adequately covered in case of a serious injury.   Lakeview has long supported and maintained the position that individuals who sustain brain injuries should have access to the full continuum of medically-necessary rehabilitation services in hospital, outpatient, home and community-integrated settings.  Lakeview also recognizes that this needed care may be complex, addressing the full scope of brain injury related impairments, including neurobehavioral conditions and psychological health, as well as the physical and cognitive sequelae of TBI .  Lakeview,  along with BIAA and other organizations, urges the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to consider catastrophic injury in formulating regulations for the essential health benefits package under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For more information and to find out how you can help, please see the BIAA Access to Care Fact Sheet 2011.

Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill

March is Brain Injury Awareness month, capped by the annual Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill.  Lakeview has been invited to exhibit at this event, and our participating staff will be meeting with members of Congress to discus the critical need for access to quality brain injury rehabilitation.  This year, brain injury awareness day on Capitol Hill will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. the Brain Injury Association of America ( , the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators ( and other stakeholders are working with the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force to develop a schedule for the day as well as logistics and speaker details. The title of this year’s briefing is “Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Re-entry: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead.” Please join us in representing the brain injury community in Washington, DC.

TBI Prevention - Choosing the Right Helmet to Minimize Risk for Brain Injury

Where can I find specific information about which helmet to use?

Look at the information in the columns of the table below:

1. Select your activity of interest in the first column.

2. Read across the row to find the appropriate helmet type for that activity listed in the second column.

3. Once you’ve found the right helmet, look for a label or applicable standard


 Helmet Type

 Applicable Standard(s)

Individual Activities — Wheeled

Bicycling (including low speed, motor assisted) Roller & In-line Skating


Scooter Riding (including low speed, motor assisted)


CPSC, ASTM F1447, Snell B-90/95, Snell N-94†

BMX Cycling



Downhill Mountain Bike Racing



Roller & In-line Skating



Skateboard ASTM F1492†, Snell N-94†

Individual Activities — Wheeled Large Motor

ATV Riding

Dirt- & Mini-Bike Riding


Motocross or


DOT FMVSS 218, Snell M-2005


Karting or Motorcycle

DOT FMVSS 218, Snell K-98, Snell M-2005

Moped Riding

Powered Scooter Riding

Moped or Motorcycle DOT FMVSS 218, Snell L-98, Snell M-2005

Individual Activities — Non-Wheeled

Horseback Riding


ASTM F1163, Snell E-2001

Rock- & Wall-Climbing


EN 12492†, Snell N-94†

Team Sport Activities ‡

Baseball, Softball & T-Ball

Baseball Batter’s


Baseball Catcher’s





Ice Hockey






Winter Activities



 Ski  ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS-98 or S-98



DOT FMVSS 218, Snell M-2000

Although a helmet has not yet been designed for the following two activities, until such helmets exist, wearing one of the three listed types of helmets may be preferable to wearing no helmet at all.

Ice Skating



CPSC, ASTM F1447, Snell B-90/95 or N-94†


ASTM F1492†, Snell N-94†


ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS-98 or S-98


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

t or (800) 638-2772

† This helmet is designed to withstand more than one moderate impact, but protection is provided for only a limited number of impacts. Replace if visibly damaged (e.g., a cracked shell or crushed liner) and/or when directed by the manufacturer.

‡ Team sport helmets are designed to protect against multiple head impacts typically occurring in the sport (e.g., ball, puck, or stick impacts; player contact; etc.), and, generally, can continue to be used after such impacts. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for replacement or reconditioning.

Definitions: ASTM - ASTM International; CEN - European Committee for Standardization; DOT – Dept. of Transportation; EN - Euro-norm or European Standard; NOCSAE - National Operating Committee on Standards in Athletic Equipment; Snell - Snell Memorial Foundation.

The federal CPSC Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets is mandatory for those helmets indicated by 

Women and Brain Injury: A Sizable Minority

The Brain injury Association of Connecticut's Annual Conference on March 11, 2011 (Rocky Hill, CT) features Lakeview's Dr. Tina Trudel presenting on women's issues in TBI (  The factors unique to women’s injuries and outcomes have remained largely overlooked. This presentation will address the prevalence and epidemiology of TBI in women, and the specific differences that women typically experience in the recovery process. Additional topics will include domestic violence and TBI, sexuality, emotional dysregulation, primary role alteration, employment, physical disabilities, long term health concerns, and women as care providers.

Join Lakeview at the Brain Injury Association of Iowa Conference, March 10-11, 2011

Meet Lakeview's expert professional staff at the BIA of Iowa conference in Des Moines, March 10-11.  Featured Lakeview speakers include:
 - Dr. Michael Mozzoni, BCBA-D on Behavioral Interventions for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury;
 - Dr. Amanda Messina and Mahin Para-cremer, MEd, BCABA on Using Neuropsychological Evaluations to Develop Intervention Strategies; and
 - A keynote address by Dr. Tina Trudel on Sexuality after TBI
Visit us at the Lakeview booth in the exhibit area.  For more information:

Learn About Neuropsychology and Intervention Strategies at BIA of Iowa Conference

Lakeview’s Dr. Amanda Messina and Behavior Analyst Mahin Para-Cremer, MEd, BCABA, will be presenting on, “Using a Neuropsychological Evaluation to Develop Effective Individualized Intervention Strategies to Intervene with Children and Adults with Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury” at the BIA of Iowa Conference held March 10-11, 2011 at the Sheraton, West Des Moines, IA -  A neuropsychological Evaluation can provide extensive information about how an individual’s functioning has been impacted following a TBI/ABI.  There are many different areas that are potentially assessed during this brain-behavior evaluation process, and the resulting information is a valuable tool in the identification of effective strategies for intervention and treatment.  This presentation will review the components of neuropsychological evaluation and identify the process for developing effective individualized intervention strategies based on the assessment results.    Dr. Amanda Messina is the Director of Child and Youth Services for Lakeview Specialty Hospital and Rehab in Waterford, Wisconsin.  She completed her degree in clinical psychology and is presently completing her post-doctoral residency.  She has extensive experience providing assessments, clinical treatment, and psychotherapy to children and adults with disabilities, including Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, and Mental Health Diagnoses.    Mahin Para-Cremer has worked with parents, families, teachers, service providers, and advocates to improve the quality of life for children and adults with Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries, as well as other disabilities.   Mahin is a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst and Clinical Liaison for Lakeview Specialty Hospital and Rehab in Waterford, Wisconsin.  She holds a Masters degree in Special Education and Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Kansas. 

3rd Interagency Conference on TBI Defense and Veterans Symposium

The 3rd Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury will be held June 13-15, 2011, at the Washington Hilton -  This premier conference in the field of brain injury rehabilitation was last held in 2006.  Accepted symposia include a presentation by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center entitled, "Traumatic Brain Injury Screening And Outcomes Along The Post-Deployment Continuum Of Care".  This symposium will review research findings of TBI screening over time and across the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) network of Veteran's Administration (VA), Department of Defense (DoD), and civilian sites.  The symposium was organized by Sean Manion, PhD, Deputy Chief of Staff for DVBIC, and Felicia Qashu, PhD, Scientific Research Advisor for DVBIC.  Expert presenters for this symposium include Wendy Law, PhD speaking on “TBI in the U.S. Military during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 2003-2005”; Louis M. French, PsyD, speaking on the “Influence of Bodily Injuries on Symptom Reporting Following Uncomplicated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”; Michelle Nichols, RN, speaking on "Traumatic Brain Injury During Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Influences on the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Program within a Veterans Health Administration Facility"; and Lakeview’s Tina M. Trudel, PhD speaking on "Innovations in Community Integrated Brain Injury Vocational Rehabilitation for Service Members:  The DVBIC Charlottesville Experience".  Dr. Trudel will discuss community integrated rehabilitation and vocational services at the DVBIC Charlottesville civilian facility, and the outcomes for service members who have sustained brain injuries and were served through that program where she serves as Research Coordinator/Senior Scientist and was Site Director from 2005-2010.  This DVBIC symposium will allow for a broad look at the TBI care continuum , course of recovery and spectrum of treatment facilities, which will contribute to the advancement, understanding and improvement of outcomes for service members who have sustained a TBI.     

Lakeview Rehab at Home Launched to Provide Specialized Home Health Services

Under the direction of long-time brain injury leader Eldon Munson and Lakeview's Vice-President of Development Sue Bartlett, Lakeview Rehab at Home was officially licensed and launched in NH.  This dynamic new service will provide for expert professional services and support staff in the participants home-based and community settings.  The entire array of rehabilitation and behavioral professionals is available, along with custom care planning and competitive pricing for insurers and workers compensation case managers.  While specializing in brain injury, the expertise and services offered may benefit anyone with a rehabilitation need, neurologic condition or developmental challenge, including youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Future plans include expanding this service throughout New England (MA and ME are already under way), the Mid-Atlantic region (NJ, NY, PA) and the upper Midwest (IA, IL, WI) in 2011.