Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 4, 2013
Sen. Brian Crain
Senate approves bill creating PTSD and TBI
pilot programs for care providers
The full Senate has given approval
to a bill aimed at improving care for Oklahoma National Guardsmen
struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic
Brain Injury (TBI). Sen.
Brian Crain is principal author of Senate Bill 527 which was
approved by the Senate on Monday 44 to 0.
Crain said the programs would be administered by the University
of Oklahoma and would be geared to assist the spouses, parents and
other friends and family members who are acting as caregivers for
“We know that we are seeing dramatically higher numbers of
soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with TBI—much
more than in past conflicts,” said Crain, R-Tulsa. “More
of our troops are also dealing with PTSD, making it much more difficult
for them as they attempt to resume their lives here at home.”
Symptoms of TBI can include headaches, tinnitus, insomnia, memory
and concentration difficulties and emotional/behavioral problems,
including irritability, depression, anxiety and behavioral issues.
Patients with TBI are also at increased risk for PTSD.
PTSD victims may relive traumatic events, or avoid situations that
remind them of the event. They may suffer from depression or anxiety
and have problems with employment, relationships or substance abuse.
“With each of these conditions, it may appear as though the
individual is healthy, when in fact, they are dealing with multiple
symptoms that can be debilitating,” Crain said. “These
pilot programs will help give their caregivers access to the latest
information about these conditions, what triggers or symptoms they
should be aware of, and how they can best help their loved ones.”
SB 527 will now move to the House for further consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Crain: (405) 521-5620