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Few Georgians understand the impact traumatic injury has on our state.  We are delighted that you are interested in this story.

The Commission at a Glance

Georgians with a traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injury may apply to the Commission for goods and services that maximize independence and recovery, such as:

  • Wheelchair                                        
  • Bathroom Modifications for Accessibility
  • Physical Therapy                                
  • Hand controls for a car/van
  • Driver Evaluation post-injury            
  • Speech Therapy
  • Adaptive computer                            
  • Hospital bed

Since 2003 the Commission has awarded over $23,000,000 to 5,000+ individuals for their post-acute care and rehabilitation. This does not include the grants awarded to state organizations and camps for Georgians with traumatic brain injury.

Zero tax dollars are allocated to the BSITFC.  The Commission’s sole source of funding is a 10% surcharge on Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Reckless Driving convictions.

The dramatic decline in DUI fine collection has resulted in a $10,000 lifetime award cap for each individual, although the lifetime cost of care can easily exceed $4,000,000.

Process Year DUI Total for Year Reckless Driving Surcharge Collections
2010 41,819 - $1,933,528
2011 38,315 - $1,896,580
2012 34,950 - $1,770,818
2013 32,514 - $1,579,626
2014 28,909 - $1,449,027
2015 28,035 9,522 $1,325,935
2016 24,603 9,771 $1,422,131

Reckless driving surcharge began January 1, 2015.

To learn more about our organization, we encourage you to read our annual report or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BSITFC to learn about our latest news. 

Quick References

State Plan and Needs Assessment - Summary

State Plan and Needs Assessment - Full Version

For other media questions, please contact: Craig Young, Executive Director at 1-888-233-5760.