Kirsten Capless recently was presented the Lewis & Clara Lamont Brain Injury Advocacy Award by the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council, in memory of Clara Lamont who died in February. Lamont played a very important role in the council.

In Capless’ short time as the program manager for Brain Injury Services for Maine, she has played a vital role in the creation and implementation of the new Brain Injury Waiver, according to a news release from the council.

She also organized and submitted a successful grant application to Health Resources and Services Administration which is bringing $2 million into the state allowing the council to work with community partners to address unmet needs for those with brain injuries, according to the release.

The council is mandated by state law to provide insight and feedback to the commissioner regarding brain injury needs and services in the state of Maine. The council consists of 16 members, including persons with brain injury, family members, advocates, providers and state liaisons.

In 2011, the council created this award to recognize those that work hard toward creating opportunities for people with brain injuries and their families, according to the release.

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