First in the Nation: Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program for Illinois

2/4/2008

Gov. Blagojevich launches first in the nation Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program for Illinois Veterans

Illinois Warriors Assistance Program (IWAP)

  • includes traumatic brain injury (TBI) screenings and
  • 24-hour toll-free helpline at 1-866-554-IWAP (4927) for Veterans suffering from symptoms associated with PTSD.

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich was joined today by Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) Tammy Duckworth, Director of the Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Barry Maram, representatives from the Illinois Psychiatric Society, the Brain Injury Association of Illinois, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and local veterans to launch the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program.

The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program is a first in the nation program that will screen returning Illinois National Guard members for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while offering TBI screening to all Illinois veterans, and a 24-hour toll-free psychological helpline for veterans suffering from symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Beginning today, the new Illinois Warrior Assistance Program confidential helpline, 1-866-554-IWAP (4927), will be available and staffed around the clock by health professionals to assist veterans, day or night, with the symptoms associated with PTSD and to screen for a possible TBI.

Information about the program can also be found at www.illinoiswarrior.com.