LIMESTONE, TN (WJHL) – Thursday Tennessee lawmakers will discuss an amendment that would allow The Crumley House to accept more residents.
The Crumley House is Tennessee’s only nonprofit traumatic brain injury rehabilitation center.
But with a growing waiting list, facility leaders say it’s time to expand.
“We’re at about 170 on the waiting list to get in,” said Crumley House Executive Director Guynn Edwards.
“In the state of Tennessee we have over 8,000 brain injuries each year that require hospitalization so our numbers keep growing but we’re not able to expand because legislation’s got us held up right now.”
The current law only allows 8 residents at a time to live in facilities like The Crumley House.
But Edwards is hoping an amendment to the law will change that.
“We actually need to have 12 beds in our new wing which we’ve already raised close to $1 million to build,” said Edwards.
Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Program Coordinator Fredda Roberts told News Channel 11, she hopes legislators pass the amendment so that the facility can serve more people who need help.
“Crumley House works very hard to keep the money from being the reason somebody doesn’t come but we don’t have enough room,” said Roberts.
Tennessee’s Senate Health and Welfare Committee will discuss the amendment Thursday.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.