What is the Brain Bus?
The Brain Bus serves as a mobile outreach resource, providing valuable services to families in Florida, especially those without direct access to care.
What is the current status of funding for the Brain Bus?
Currently, the proposed Senate Budget provides $26.4 million to the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative, with a specific appropriation of $334,410 for the Alzheimer’s Association Brain Bus program. Unfortunately, while the proposed House budget calls for $27.8 million to the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative, the proposed House Budget does NOT include a specific appropriation for the Brain Bus program.
What can be done to support the Brain Bus?
Key Members of the Senate/House Appropriations Committee
Please reach out to Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee to request for support of the Brain Bus. This will allow the program to continue providing outreach and valuable services for one of Florida’s most vulnerable populations.
|Representative W. Travis Cummings||(850) 717-5018||@Travis_Cummings|
|Representative Dane Eagle||(850) 717-5077||@DaneEagle|
|Representative MaryLynn Magar||(850) 717-5082||@MaryLynnMagar|
|Representative Kionne McGhee||(850) 717-5117||@kionnemcghee|
|Representative Cary Pigman||(850) 717-5055||@CaryPigman|
|Senator Aaron Bean||(850) 487-5004||@AaronPBean|
|Senator Rob Bradley||(850) 487-5005||@Rob_Bradley |
|Senator Wilton Simpson||(850) 487-5010||@WiltonSimpson|
Why is the Brain Bus needed?
Alzheimer’s has a tremendous impact on the state of Florida.
- 560,000 Floridians currently living with Alzheimer’s
- Florida has the second highest prevalence of the disease among the 50 states
- By 2025, the number of Floridians living with Alzheimer’s is projected to increase to 720,000
- The state of Florida spends $2.6 Billion annually on Alzheimer’s and other dementias
- 1.2 million Floridians currently provide 1.29 billion hours of unpaid care for those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias
The Brain Bus helps combat this impact.
- The Brain Bus offers early detection and awareness education to better inform Floridians with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s of the importance of brain health, warning signs of the disease, and the benefits of an early diagnosis.
- The Brain Bus provides training opportunities and other educational services to Alzheimer’s caregivers as they seek to provide the highest quality of care for their loved ones.
- With a targeted focus on visits to underserved and rural areas of the state, the Brain Bus seeks to alleviate the effect of the disease on those Floridians less likely to have consistent access to educational, awareness, and training resources offered by the Alzheimer’s Association.