In 1990, the Beyer Commission Report, led by Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Beyer, Jr., recommended creating a coordinated service delivery system that featured consumer choice, state investment, and community involvement. The report’s major outcome was the development of a legislative Commission that addressed people with brain injury and other related disabilities.
Since then, the unmet service needs of individuals with physical and sensory disabilities have been addressed by the Disability Commission, a legislative commission, staffed by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. The Commission provides a vehicle for advancing budget proposals and addressing policy issues within a vision for a service system that is coordinated, community-based, and consumer-driven. It has been through the members of the Disability Commission’s support and many Virginia Legislators that BIS has been able to increase its funding for innovative services for survivors of brain injury.