Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
The House assembled at 10:00 A.M.
Deliberations were opened with prayer by the Chaplain of the House of Representatives, the Rev. Dr. Alton C. Clark as follows:
God our Father, we thank You for this another day and for the high privilege of serving You and our people in this place. Grant that we waste none of the hours of this day, that we soil none of its moments, or neglect none of its opportunities, or fail none of its duties. Direct our energies; control our thoughts and our words. May Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in us. Shepherd us through the problems and perils of this day and bring us to evening with peace with ourselves, with each other, and with our God in the knowledge of work well done.
May we grow more like the Lord of all life, in Whose Name we pray. Amen.
After corrections to the Journal of the proceedings of yesterday, the SPEAKER ordered it confirmed.
To the Honorable Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., Governor of South Carolina, and Members of the General Assembly of South Carolina:
The South Carolina Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation is pleased to offer their Report on the One Hundred and Tenth General Assembly of South Carolina for your consideration.
The Committee is divided into two distinct working subcommittees. Senator Bryan chairs the Mental Health Subcommittee. Senator Washington, Representative Mattos, Representative Patrick B. Harris, Ms. Naomi Dreher, and Mr. Jim Harrison complete the membership of the Mental Health Subcommittee. Their hard work has resulted in landmark changes for persons with mental health problems in South Carolina. Representative Carnell chairs the Mental Retardation Subcommittee. Senator Peeler, Senator Elliott, Representative Jean L. Harris, Representative Mattos, Ms. Nancy Banov, and Mr. Jack Barnes complete the membership of the Mental Retardation Subcommittee. Their work has resulted in legislation designed to better serve the people in South Carolina who have mental retardation and related disabilities.
The Committee has been involved in several special projects throughout this two year session, and has extensive plans for the next two year session.
We wish to thank the many people who have shared their time with us for the sake of people with mental health problems, mental retardation, and related disabilities.
Rep. Patrick B. Harris, Sen. James E. Bryan, Jr.
Rep. Marion P. Carnell Sen. Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.
Rep. Jean L. Harris Sen. McKinley Washington, Jr.
Rep. James G. Mattos Sen. Dick Elliott
Mr. Jack W. Barnes Ms. Nancy L. Banov
Ms. Naomi Dreher Mr. James Harrison
The Committee was created in 1957 by Concurrent Resolution H. 1895 and was called the Committee to Study Public and Private Facilities for Mental Health and Mental Laws of South Carolina. Senate Resolution S. 648 of 1958 and Senate Resolution S. 76 of 1959 continued the Committee's existence for two years until Act 889 in 1960 created a permanent study committee. The Committee's name was changed to the Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation by Act 617 of 1967. Act 38 of 1973 increased the size of the Committee from nine to twelve members and expanded the Committee's scope to include the study of "mental retardation and mental retardation institutions."
The Committee continues to operate pursuant to Act 38 of 1973 (Sections 2-39-10 and 2-39-20 of the 1976 Code of Laws of South Carolina). This Act provides for a twelve member committee: four Senate members appointed by the President of the Senate, four House members appointed by the Speaker of the House, and four Gubernatorial appointees.
The Committee is allocated $93,517 annually and is currently authorized for three positions.
The Department of Mental Health and Department of Disabilities and Special Needs are allocated the fifth and ninth largest budgets respectively. Together, these agencies receive 7% of the General Fund. The MH/MR Committee monitors the budget process as it effects these two agencies and the populations they serve.
H. 3014/S. 27 (Act No. 38)
Family Support Services.
Provides the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs with the authority to provide family support services to help prevent institutionalization.
Sponsor(s): H. 3014 P. Harris, Carnell, J. Harris, Mattos
S. 27 Bryan, Peeler
Status: H. 3014 Signed by Governor 4-26-93.
S. 27 Referred to Senate Medical Affairs Committee 1-12-93.
H. 3011/S. 18 (Act No. 31)
Rights of Mental Retardation Clients - Technical.
Strikes repetitive language and clarifies language stating that DMR services are not an entitlement program.
Sponsor(s): H. 3011 P. Harris, Carnell, J. Harris, Mattos
S. 18 Bryan
Status: H. 3011 Signed by Governor 4-22-93.
S. 18 Referred to Senate Medical Affairs Committee 1-12-93.
H. 3015/S. 28 (Act No. 41)
Nursing Home and Community Residential Care Administrators Licensing Board - Technical.
Provides for change of name of board to Long Term Health Care Administrators and adds definition of accredited college or university.
Sponsor(s): H. 3015 P. Harris, Carnell, J. Harris, Mattos
S. 28 Bryan, Peeler, Giese
Status: H. 3015 Signed by Governor 4-22-93.
S. 28 Referred to Senate Medical Affairs Committee 1-12-93.
H. 3013/S. 29 (Act No. 27)
Mental Health Center Board Representation.
Provides clarification that parents of emotionally disturbed children and adolescents should be considered when the legislative delegations and the Governor are recommending and appointing board members.
Sponsor(s): H. 3013 P. Harris, Carnell, J. Harris, Mattos
S. 29 Bryan, Peeler
Status: H. 3013 Signed by Governor 4-23-93.
S. 29 Referred to Senate Medical Affairs Committee 1-12-93.
H. 4394/S. 938 (Act No. 290)
Provides that case workers and peer supporters be allowed to transport non-violent patients to psychiatric hospitals, as to provide an alternative transportation of non-violent patients by law enforcement.
Sponsor(s): H. 4394 P. Harris, Carnell, J. Harris, Mattos, Rudnick, Harvin
S. 938 Bryan, Washington, Giese, Hayes
Status: H. 439 Tabled in House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 2-8-94.
S. 938 Signed by Governor 3-1-94.
H. 4741/S. 1180
School-Based Mental Health Counseling Services.
Provides for a three-year pilot project established jointly by the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Education. Provides for an array of school-based and child-focused counseling services developed by the Department of Mental Health in designated schools. Provides that services must include, but are not limited to, a child-focused school-based counseling clinic and training, consultation, and support programs for school staff. Provides that schools chosen must be geographically representative, representative of the socio-economic diversity of the State, and varying in numbers of students for each school.
Sponsor(s): H. 4741 P. Harris, Carnell, J. Harris, Mattos
S. 1180 Bryan, Elliott, Washington, Hayes, Jackson, Thomas
Status: H. 4741 House Education and Public Works Committee Report: Favorable with Amendment 4-14-94.
S. 1180 Signed by Governor 5-10-94.
H. 3966/S. 701 (Act No. 133)
Criteria for Plans of Care for Individuals in Residential Care Facilities and Community Mental Health Center Day Programs.
Provides for the review of the plans of care for individuals in a residential care facility and a community mental health center day program by the Team Advocacy Project's Coordinator or his designee. Provides requirement for the designee to meet certain criteria.
Sponsor(s): H. 3966 P. Harris
S. 701 Bryan, Elliott
Status: H. 3966 Referred to House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 4-14-93.
S. 701 Signed by Governor 6-14-93.
H. 3012/S. 25
Mental Health Insurance.
Provides requirement for an offer of coverage for mental health and substance abuse in group health insurance policies. Provides for a mandate that insurance companies offer minimum mental health and substance abuse coverage of $2,000 with a lifetime maximum of $10,000. Allows for more favorable policies to be offered. Provides definition of mental illness. This type of optional rider is estimated to raise rates 3-4% if purchased. It is very similar to what is offered currently by the state insurance pool.
Sponsor(s): H. 3012 P. Harris, Carnell, J. Harris, Mattos
S. 25 Bryan, Hayes
Status: H. 3012 Referred to House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee 1-12-93.
S. 25 Signed by Governor 5-10-94.
Concurrent Resolution to recognize Ms. Louise Rodgers Ravenel upon her retirement as Executive Director of the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc. and to thank her for her tireless efforts on behalf of South Carolina's very special citizens.
Sponsor(s): H. 4908 P. Harris
Status: H. 4908 Received from Senate 3-15-94.
H. 4395/S. 939
Extended School Year Program.
Provides extended school year program for children with disabilities to be established in each school district. Provides definition of terms.
Sponsor(s): H. 4395 P. Harris, Carnell, J. Harris, Mattos, Corning
S. 939 Bryan, Washington
Status: H. 4395 Referred to House Education and Public Works Committee 1-11-94.
S. 939 Referred to Senate Education Committee 1-11-94.
H. 4396/S. 937
Motorcycle Helmet Law.
Provides for deletion of age limitation to which the requirement applies for persons operating or riding two-wheeled motorized vehicles.
Sponsor(s): H. 4396 P. Harris, Carnell, J. Harris, Mattos, J. Wilder
S. 937 Bryan, Washington
Status: H. 4396 Referred to House Education and Public Works Committee 1-11-94.
S. 937 Referred to Senate Transportation Committee 1-11-94.
S. 340 (Act No. 83)
Provisions for Conservator of Mental Health Patients.
Provides that the State Commissioner of Mental Health act as the conservator for a patient in a state facility and receives funds on behalf of and for the use of such a patient.
Sponsor(s): S. 340 Bryan
Status: S. 340 Signed by Governor 6-14-93.
H. 3214/ S. 53 (Act No. 111)
Repeal of the Designation of Buildings at the South Carolina Department of Corrections as Facilities of the State Department of Mental Health.
Sponsor(s): H. 3214 Wofford
S. 53 Bryan
Status: H. 3214 Signed by Governor 6-11-93.
S. 53 Referred to Senate Medical Affairs 1-12-93.
H. 3220/S. 56 (Act No. 20)
Admission and Commitment Forms Kept by Probate Judges.
Provides for the addition of references to chapters requiring admission and commitment forms to be kept by probate judges.
Sponsor(s): H. 3220 Wofford
S. 56 Bryan
Status: H. 3220 Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee 3-9-93.
S. 56 Signed by Governor 4-22-93.
Protection and Advocacy Health and Dental Insurance.
Provides that employees and retirees of South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped be eligible for state health and dental insurance plans.
Sponsor(s): H. 3246 P. Harris
Status: H. 3246 Recalled from House Judiciary Committee 1-27-94.
Re-examination After Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity.
Provides for the right to re-examination after a defendant is committed to the South Carolina State Hospital following a verdict of "not guilty by reason of insanity."
Sponsor(s): S. 51 Bryan
Status: S. 51 Referred to House Judiciary Committee 2-18-93.
H. 3217/S. 58 (Act No. 30)
Discharge Provisions for Child Mental Health Patients.
Provides revision references for emergency admission, for certain classifications of child patients, for certificate requirements, and for judicial admission procedures.
Sponsor(s): H. 3217 Wofford
S. 58 Bryan
Status: H. 3217 Signed by Governor 4-23-93.
S. 58 Referred to Senate Medical Affairs Committee 1-12-93.
S. 341 (Act No. 84)
Court Review and Disposition of a Child Admitted as an Inpatient to the Department of Mental Health.
Provides that the court may find a child was admitted involuntarily but that the admission was necessary. Provides requirements when this is the finding.
Sponsor(s): S. 341 Bryan
Status: S. 341 Signed by Governor 6-14-93.
H. 3216/S. 54 (Act No. 40)
Discharge Provisions for a Mental Health Patient.
Provides for the discharge of a patient voluntarily admitted to a hospital for mental health treatment. Provides for the deletion of certain discharge provisions.
Sponsor(s): H. 3216 Wofford
S. 54 Bryan
Status: H. 3216 Signed by Governor 4-23-93.
S. 54 Referred to Senate Medical Affairs Committee 1-12-93.
H. 3218/S. 57 (Act No. 39)
Voluntary Admission to State Hospital.
Provides for the increase in age from sixteen to eighteen years. Provides for the deletion of voluntary admission for those under sixteen years of age.
Sponsor(s): H. 3218 Wofford
S. 57 Bryan
Status: H. 3218 Signed by Governor 4-23-93.
S. 57 Referred to Senate Medical Affairs Committee 1-12-93.
H. 3213/S. 52 (Ratification No. 389)
Trespassing on a State Mental Health Facility.
Provides for the creation of a criminal offense for trespassing onto or refusing to leave a state mental health facility.
Sponsor(s): H. 3213 Wofford
S. 52 Bryan, Rose
Status: H. 3213 Signed by Governor 4-20-94.
S. 52 Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee 1-12-93.
H. 3215/S. 59 (Act No. 34)
Transfer of Persons from Correctional Institutions.
Provides for the transfer of persons to mental health or mental retardation facilities. Provides for deletion of provisions relating to transfers from correctional institutions.
Sponsor(s): H. 3215 Wofford
S. 59 Bryan
Status: H. 3215 Signed by Governor 4-23-93.
S. 59 Referred to Senate Medical Affairs Committee 1-12-93.
Prohibition on Discrimination in Accident and Health Insurance Benefits, Including Services of a Licensed Psychologist.
Provides for prohibition of discrimination between individuals of the same class in the amount of premiums charged for a policy of insurance. Provides payment or reimbursement to the insured in accordance with the usual and customary fee for a service performed by a licensed doctoral psychologist.
Sponsor(s): H. 4362 T.C. Alexander, M.O. Alexander, Allison, G. Bailey, J. Bailey, G. Brown, Chamblee, Cooper, Corning, Cromer, Farr, Felder, Hallman, Harrison, Harvin, Harwell, Huff, Jennings, Kelley, Keyserling, Kirsh, Koon, Lanford, Martin, Mattos, McCraw, McElveen, Meacham, Moody-Lawrence, Neilson, Quinn, Richardson, Rogers, Rudnick, Shissias, Stille, Townsend, Wells, Whipper
Status: H. 4362 Referred to Senate Banking and Insurance Committee 4-14-94.
H. 4751/S. 1094 (Ratification No. 399)
Licensure for Health Facilities.
Provides for exemption of community-based housing sponsored, licensed, or certified by the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. S.1094 has an additional provision that the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs shall provide to the Department of Health and Environmental Control the names and locations of these facilities on a continuing basis.
Sponsor(s): H. 4751 Wofford, Waldrop, P. Harris
S. 1094 Bryan, Giese
Status: H. 4751 Tabled in House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 3-29-94.
S. 1094 Ratified 4-27-94.
H. 4213/S. 386
Driver's Licenses for Incapacitated or Incompetent Persons.
Provides that persons adjudicated incapacitated or incompetent not be permitted or licensed to drive by the Department of Highways and Public Transportation. Provides for the deletion of antiquated terminology. Provides more current language.
Sponsor(s): H. 4213 Mattos, McMahand, Quinn, Anderson, Hines, Neilson, J. Harris, Holt, Neal, Farr, Stone, Harrison, Cobb-Hunter, Stille, Richardson, Whipper
S. 386 Bryan, Giese
Status: H. 4213 Referred to Education and Public Works Committee 5-19-93.
S. 386 Referred to Senate Transportation Committee 2-9-93.
H. 4389/S. 936
Family Support Services for Persons with Head and Spinal Cord Injuries.
Provides for the Department of Mental Retardation to include individuals with head injuries, spinal cord injuries, or similar disabilities among those for whom family support services are to be rendered. Provides for the name of the department to be changed to the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.
Sponsor(s): H. 4389 J. Wilder, Baxley, Walker, Allison, D. Wilder, Waites, Wilkes, Rudnick, Harvin, Corning
S. 936 Lander, Reese
Status: H. 4389 Signed by Governor 4-20-94.
S. 936 Referred to House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 2-3-94.
H. 4033/S. 955
HIV Testing of Juvenile Offenders.
Provides HIV testing of certain convicted sex offenders as to include adjudicated juvenile sex offenders. Provides requirement that these tests be conducted upon request of the victim. Provides for the requirement of the solicitor to furnish the test results to the parents of a victim who is a minor or mentally retarded or mentally incapacitated. Provides requirement that the solicitor provide the Department of Corrections or the Department of Youth Services with positive HIV test results.
Sponsor(s): H. 4033 Wilkins, Clyborne
S. 955 Giese, Rose
Status: H. 4033 Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee 4-28-94.
S. 95 Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee 1-11-94.
H. 4656/S. 1145/S. 1172
Insurance Coverage for Mental, Emotional, or Nervous Disorders or Conditions.
Provides that each insured covered for mental, emotional, or nervous disorders or conditions must be allowed to select the physician or other provider. Provides requirement for the insurer to pay the covered charges up to limits of coverage if the disorder or condition treated is covered by the insurance policy and the physician or other provider is licensed by the State.
Sponsor(s): H. 4656 T.C. Alexander, Allison, Barber, Baxley, H. Brown, Chamblee, Davenport, Fulmer, Gonzales, Hallman, J. Harris, Harwell, Hutson, Jennings, Keyserling, Kinon, Lanford, McAbee, McKay, Rudnick, Scott, D. Smith, Stoddard, Wells, Whipper, Wright, A. Young, Stuart, Wofford
S. 1145 Richter, Courtney, Waldrep
S. 1172 Ford
Status: H. 4656 Referred to Senate Banking and Insurance Committee 5-5-94.
S. 1145 Referred to House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee 4-12-94.
S. 1172 Referred to Senate Banking and Insurance Committee 2-10-94.
Central Registry Child Abuse and Neglect Checks.
Provides requirement that adults in foster homes and employees and volunteers in residential group homes and child caring institutions undergo central registry child abuse and neglect checks and criminal history background checks.
Sponsor(s): H. 4949 Cobb-Hunter, Whipper
Status: H. 4949 Referred to House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 3-22-94.
Establishment and Membership of Community Mental Health Boards.
Provides for establishment and membership of community mental health boards. Provides that the governing body of any county wherein the board provides mental health services must be furnished a copy of the board's present budget or budget in process upon request within ten days of the request.
Sponsor(s): H. 4101 Rudnick, Stone, R. Smith, Houck, Stille
Status: H. 4101 Referred to House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 4-14-93.
Income Tax Credit for Dependent Disabled Person.
Provides that a refundable state individual income tax credit equal to two thousand dollars for a taxpayer with whom resides a dependent classified as permanently and totally disabled. Provides an offset against the credit income of the dependent on a one-for-three basis.
Sponsor(s): H. 3597 Davenport
Status: H. 3597 Referred to House Ways and Means Committee 3-2-93.
H. 3086/S. 255 (Act No. 159)
Head and Spinal Cord Injury Service Delivery System.
Provides for the creation of the South Carolina Head and Spinal Cord Injury Service Delivery System to develop, coordinate, and enhance delivery of services.
Sponsor(s): H. 3086 J. Wilder, Baxley, Wright, Corning, Sharpe, Scott, Mattos, Rudnick, Shissias, Wells, Waites, Haskins, Marchbanks, Kirsh, Gamble, Barber
S. 255 Giese, Reese, Matthews
Status: H. 3086 Tabled in House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 2-8-94.
S. 255 Signed by Governor 6-15-93.
Prohibition of Renewal of Driver's Licenses to Persons With Physical and Mental Disabilities.
Provides for prohibition of renewal of driver's licenses to persons with physical and mental disabilities who the department believes are not capable to safely operating a motor vehicle.
Sponsor(s): S. 534 Macaulay
Status: S. 534 Referred to House Education and Public Works Committee 3-16-93.
S. 585 (Act No. 92)
Fingerprinting of a Health Care Facility Administrator.
Provides for requirement of a fingerprint review of persons applying to become an administrator of a health care facility required to obtain a Certificate of Need.
Sponsor(s): S. 585 Bryan
Status: S. 585 Signed by Governor 6-11-93.
Employment Bill of Rights for Persons With Disabilities.
Provides for the enactment of the "Employment Bill of Rights for Persons with Disabilities." Provides for deletion of references to employment and changes the term "handicapped persons" to "person with disabilities."
Sponsor(s): S. 292 Patterson
Status: S. 292 Referred to House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee 3-9-94.
Notification of Release of Defendant Found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity to Victim or Family of Victim.
Provides notice to the victim or family of the victim before release of a defendant found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Sponsor(s): H. 3810 Rudnick, Sharpe, Fair, Clyborne, Hutson, Robinson, Jaskwhich, Allison, Stuart, Huff, Wells, R. Smith, D. Wilder, Graham, Lanford
Status: H. 3810 Referred to House Judiciary Committee 3-31-93.
H. 3922 (Act No. 293)
Property Tax Exemptions for Nonprofit Corporations Providing Below-Cost Supportive Housing for Handicapped Persons or Both Aged and Handicapped Persons.
Provides to extend the exemption allowed nonprofit housing corporations exclusively providing below-cost housing for handicapped persons or both aged and handicapped persons to nonprofit corporations exclusively providing below-cost supportive housing for elderly persons or households authorized pursuant to appropriate federal laws. Provides for deletion of obsolete language.
Sponsor(s): H. 3922 Sheheen
Status: H. 3922 Signed by Governor 3-1-94.
No Admission Charge for Aged, Blind, and Disabled Persons to State Park Facilities.
Provides for the use of state park facilities free of charge by aged, blind, and disabled persons.
Sponsor(s): H. 3242 Vaughn, R. Smith, Inabinett, Meacham, Simrill, Farr, Davenport, Harwell, Waldrop, A. Young, Littlejohn, Kinon, Cato, Stone, D. Smith, Harrelson, Canty, Whipper, Moody-Lawrence, D. Wilder, Haskins, Allison, Graham, Klauber.
Status: H. 3242 Referred to House Ways and Means Committee 1-21-93.
Sexual Intercourse Prohibited with Mental Retardation Patient.
Provides penalties for having sexual intercourse with a patient in a state mental retardation facility as to include the penalty for committing sodomy on such patients.
Sponsor(s): S. 313 Rose
Status: S. 313 Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee 1-27-93.
Visitation by DYS, DMH, and DHEC in Secondary Schools Which Serve a High-Risk Student Population.
Provides that in secondary schools of this State which serve a high-risk student population as determined by the State Department of Education, representatives of the Departments of Youth Services, Mental Health, and Health and Environmental Control shall visit such schools one full day each month during the school year to provide services and consultations in their particular areas to interested students.
Sponsor(s): H. 3837 Moody-Lawrence, Whipper, Inabinett, Neal, Cobb-Hunter, Hines, Scott, Simrill, Jaskwhich, Richardson, McLeod, Byrd, Wright, McMahand, Meacham, Stuart, Beatty, Littlejohn, Breeland, Cromer, Klauber
Status: H. 3837 Referred to House Education and Public Works Committee 4-1-93.
H. 3016/S. 7 (Act No.110)
Omnibus Adult Protection Act.
Provides for the enactment of the Omnibus Adult Protection Act. Provides for the definition of terms. Provides for the duties of the State Department of Social Services and the Division of Ombudsman and Citizen Services, Office of the Governor, relative to adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Sponsor(s): H. 3016 P. Harris, Waldrop, Neilson, Allison, J. Brown, Byrd, Canty, Carnell, Cobb-Hunter, Gamble, Harrison, Harvin, Jaskwhich, Keegan, Kennedy, Marchbanks, Mattos, McCraw, Phillips, Rhoad, Rudnick, Shissias, Tucker, Stille, Vaughn, Walker, Waites, Wells, Whipper, J. Wilder, Wilkins, Wilkes, Stoddard, Baxley
S. 7 Bryan, Giese, Passailaigue, Elliott, Hayes, Jackson, Lander, Martin, McGill, Mitchell, O'Dell, Richter, Rose, Russell, Short, J. Verne Smith, Washington, Wilson, Glover
Status: H. 3016 Signed by Governor 6-11-93.
S. 7 Referred to Senate Medical Affairs 1-12-93.
Criminal Sexual Conduct of Psychotherapists.
Provides that a person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree if he is a psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed counselor or therapist, or a member of the clergy and engages in sexual contact with another person who is a patient or client of his for mental health therapy.
Sponsor(s): H. 3194 Snow, R. Smith, G. Brown, Stone, McLeod, Byrd, Kelley, Chamblee, J. Harris
Status: H. 3194 Referred to House Judiciary Committee 1-20-93.
Perinatal Effects of Alcohol, Controlled Substances, and Cigarettes.
Provides for the enactment of the "Assessment of and Intervention on the Perinatal Effects of Alcohol, Controlled Substances, and Cigarettes Act" so as to require that physicians provide counseling to pregnant women on these effects.
Sponsor(s): S. 150 Rose
Status: S. 150 Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee 1-26-93.
Authorization of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health to Apply for Funds from State Capital Improvement Bonds.
Provides for authorization of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health to apply to the State Budget and Control Board for funds from state capital improvement bonds. Provides terms and conditions of the department's capital bond improvement obligations and provisions for repayment.
Sponsor(s): S. 49 Bryan
Status: S. 49 Referred to House Ways and Means Committee 2-24-93.
Patient Medical Records Act.
Provides definition of "health care provider." Provides amendment relating to the Physicians' Patient Records Act, to change chapter to the "Patient Medical Records Act" and to change references from "physician" to "health care provider."
Sponsor(s): S. 48 Bryan
Status: S. 48 Referred to House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 4-7-94.
Transportation of a Mental Health Patient by Law Officer.
Provides that state or local law enforcement officers may not transport persons confined to a mental health or mental retardation facility except a person charged with or convicted of a criminal offense. Provides exceptions.
Sponsor(s): H. 3823 Canty, Keyserling
Status: H. 3823 Referred to House Judiciary Committee 4-1-93.
Property Purchased by County Disabilities and Special Needs Boards.
Provides requirements before a county disabilities and special needs board purchases real property located within or adjacent to a residential area.
Sponsor(s): H. 5051 Harrell, Fulmer
Status: H. 5051 Referred to House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 4-12-94.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements of the Continuum of Care for Emotionally Disturbed Children.
Provides for the establishment of minimum eligibility requirements for the selection of clients for services by the South Carolina Continuum of Care for Emotionally Disturbed Children.
Status: R. 1480 Effective May 28, 1993.
TEAM ADVOCACY (Appendix A)
The MH/MR Committee and the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System co-sponsored a 1985 training session by the New York State Commission on Quality of Care. Committee members, members of the South Carolina Alliance for the Mentally Ill, members of the South Carolina Mental Health Association, and South Carolina Protection and Advocacy staff were trained to review basic living conditions for institutionalized patients. The New York "team advocacy system" was adapted to South Carolina institutions and has now been expanded into community residential care homes and community mental health centers.
The MH/MR Committee contracts with S.C. Protection and Advocacy for an amount determined annually to conduct team advocacy inspections. The goal of team advocacy is to work with the Department of Mental Health and the residential care homes to improve living conditions of patients.
The current contract is attached in Appendix A.
ADVISORY COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES
The MH/MR Committee members and staff serve on various advisory councils and committees. The following are activities the Committee is involved in:
Continuum of Care Advisory Council
Team Advocacy Advisory Committee
Mental Health Advocates Network
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Retardation
Mental Illness Awareness Walk
Mental Health Association Committee on Children, Adolescents, and Their Families
Mental Health Association Public Policy Committee
Annual presentation to S.C. Probate Judges Association
TOURS OF FACILITIES
During the course of this legislative session, committee members and/or staff toured many of the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs programs.
DMH Facilities Visited
S.C. State Hospital
Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital
Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home
Community Mental Health Programs Visited
Charleston Area Mental Health Center
Lowcountry Children's Center
Tri-County Mental Health Center
"Onsite" Program for Assertive Community Treatment
"Outreach" Program for Assertive Community Treatment
Charleston Area Mobile Crisis Program
Charleston Area Children and Adolescents Family Preservation Program
Charleston Area Children and Adolescents School Program
Community Mental Retardation Programs Visited
Anderson County Mental Retardation Board Work Program at Westinghouse
Anderson County Mental Retardation Board Workshop
Anderson County Mental Retardation Board Supervised Living Program
Chesterfield County Mental Retardation Board Cheraw Chronicle workshop/enclave
Chesterfield County Mental Retardation Board Community Training Home Residential Program (foster home placement)
Chesterfield County Mental Retardation Board Family Support Program Personal Home Visit
The Committee believes these tours were vital to their understanding of mental health and mental retardation issues as they relate to the current trend of moving from institutional based systems to community based systems.
Committee staff will arrange tours for any member of the General Assembly upon request.
Self-Help Live Teleconference Series - Sponsored by ETV, White Light Communications, S.C. Department of Mental Health, and hosted by S.C. SHARE. These teleconferences are produced in part by consumers of mental health services. They are designed to bring information and on going support to the mental health consumer movement worldwide.
During the past two year session, the Committee held four statewide public hearings in communities around the State. At these hearings, constituents were able to voice their concerns and opinions regarding issues related to mental health, developmental disabilities and special needs.
June 29, 1992 Charleston, SC
August 3, 1992 Anderson, SC
June 24, 1993 Columbia, SC
August 4, 1993 Cheraw, SC
The Committee has a busy schedule planned for the interim. The full Committee is scheduling statewide public hearings during the summer and tours of new community-based mental health and mental retardation programs.
The Mental Health and Mental Retardation Subcommittees will also be addressing issues raised by the public hearings at their monthly meetings this fall. These issues will shape the Committee's legislative agenda for the next session.
Committee members and staff visit facilities and community programs/homes of both the Department of Mental Health and Department of Mental Retardation. Some of the visits are arranged tours and others are unannounced. These visits result in first hand knowledge of how these departments operate their programs. The Committee has been very active in handling constituent requests of General Assembly members relating to mental health and mental retardation. There have also been numerous speaking engagements by members and staff across the State dealing with these problems.
The Committee receives the publications and newsletters listed below for research purposes. Copies are available to members and staff upon request.
Hospital and Community Psychiatry, Healthcare Trends Report, Community Mental Health Journal, Mental and Physical Disability Law Reporter, Mental Health Report, Mental Health Law Reporter, State Health Notes, Administration and Policy in Mental Health, Journal of American Health Policy, State Capitols, Cross Roads, DDS Insight, DYS News, Horizons, Health Policy News, In Community, Legislative Alert, State ADM Reports, Mississippi Profile, Health Legislation and Regulation, Brown University Long Term Quality Care Letter, Journal of Mental Health Administration, American Journal of Psychiatry, Report on Education of Disadvantaged, Mental Health Funding News, Report on Disability Programs, Journal of Psychotherapy Practice, Intergovernmental Health Policy Project, Harvard Mental Health Letter.
The South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc. (SCP&A) hereby enters into an agreement with the Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MH/MR Committee) to continue the Team Advocacy Project.
MH/MR Committee agrees to provide funds as appropriated to the MH/MR Committee by the South Carolina General Assembly to the SCP&A for service of the Team Advocacy Project (Project) in one installment of $7,750.00 for the first quarter of fiscal year 94 in July to allow the Project to operate under the auspices of the MH/MR Committee.
SCP&A agrees to take responsibility for overseeing the administration of the Project, including the hiring of a Project Coordinator, and designating a SCP&A staff person to supervise the Project and act as the contact person to the MH/MR Committee. The SCP&A staff person will prepare an annual line item budget for the Project and provide a copy to the MH/MR Committee prior to the receipt of funds and provide periodic progress reports to the MH/MR Committee which will include quarterly reports of financial expenditures, a final financial report due no later than forty-five (45) days after the end of the fiscal year (June 30), and an annual report of Project activities due no later than sixty (60) days after the end of the fiscal year (June 30). SCP&A will submit an annual plan and a budget for the Project for approval by the MH/MR Committee before June 30.
SCP&A shall spend the funds in accordance with the plan and budget unless a request for amendment is approved by the MH/MR Committee prior to the transaction being made. Travel reimbursement must be at the same rate as state employees. Travel in the Columbia metropolitan area will not be paid by the MH/MR Committee, in compliance with Committee policy under Regulation 19-101.07.
This agreement shall be effective on July 8, 1993, and shall remain in effect until the end of the fiscal year.
Louise R. Ravenel Patrick B. Harris, Chairman
Executive Director Legislative-Governor's
South Carolina Protection and Committee on Mental
Advocacy System for the Health and Mental
The TEAM ADVOCACY PROJECT, under the supervision of the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc., agrees to implement the following activities during the 1993-94 fiscal year:
1. Inspect, at a minimum, four (4) Department of Mental Health facilities, which includes the initial surprise inspection and the follow-up;
2. Inspect, at a minimum, ten (10) Community Residential Care Facilities, which includes the initial surprise inspection and the follow-up;
3. Survey, at a minimum, ten (10) rehabilitative living skills programs and/or psychosocial clubhouses;
4. Hold at least one press conference, if needed, to report on the findings from the inspections completed by the date of the conference, including a summary of recurring deficiencies found during the inspections;
5. Conduct training sessions for volunteers as needed and include staff members of the Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the Department of Mental Health, and a homeowner/member of the S.C. Association of Residential Care Homes; however, no person employed by the Department or community residential care facility may be a member of an inspection team; staff from the MH/MR Committee must be present during all training sessions;
6. Training shall include an overview of regulations community residential care facilities are required to be in compliance with under DHEC. This segment of the training session, when possible, will be presented by a board member of the SC Association of Residential Care Homes or the board's designee;
7. Have the Project Coordinator attend such functions as related to the Project, such as meetings of the Mental Health Commission and its pertinent subcommittees, Quality of Care Review Board meetings relating to matters inspected by the Project, groups and organizations requesting information about the Project, and meetings of the Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation as requested;
8. Provide the Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation with reports on all inspections, a line item budget prior to the receipt of funds, quarterly financial reports, an annual financial report, and an annual report on Project activities;
9. Hold, at a minimum, quarterly meetings of the Team Advocacy Project advisory committee which is made up of a representative of the MH/MR Committee, Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Mental Health Association, Self Help Association Regarding Emotions, and SCP&A;
10. Conduct such other activities as directed by the MH/MR Committee and SCP&A and;
11. Follow the procedures outlined below:
a. With regard to the DMH facility inspection reports, provide the final report to the following: Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, and SCP&A;
b. With regard to the Community Residential Care Facilities inspection reports, provide the final report to the following: Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation, owner of the CRCF, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, and SCP&A;
c. Upon receipt of the response (plan of correction), which is due thirty days from the date the inspection report was mailed, the report and the response will be sent as outlined above;
d. No sooner than sixty (60) days from the date the reports were originally sent as outlined in a. and b. above, a follow-up inspection will be scheduled, regardless of whether a response has been received or not, and follow-up inspection reports provided as outlined above; and
e. Prior to the inspection being conducted, Team members will again be cautioned about the need to keep the information about the report confidential and be asked to sign an additional statement of confidentiality; and
f. Involve a board member of SC Association of Residential Care Homes or the board's designee, when possible, in inspections of residential care facilities. This person may serve in an observation capacity only and is not considered part of the inspection team; and
g. The Project will present a final written report of their findings from inspections of community mental health center living skills programs and plans of care at the end of the fiscal year.
The MH/MR Committee agrees to provide copies of the reports to individuals or agencies requesting copies, to encourage Community Residential Care Facility administrators to respond to the reports, and to report facilities which refuse admittance to Team Advocacy volunteers to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
If complaints arise, either from an individual home or systemic perspective, which cannot be resolved independently by SCP&A and the SC Association of Residential Care Homes, such complaints shall be forwarded to the Team Advocacy Advisory Board. If, after a good faith effort, these complaints cannot be resolved by the advisory board, they shall be forwarded in writing to the Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Upon proper written request for a hearing, the Chairman shall then appoint a mediation subcommittee made up of three members of the Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation to hear such complaints. The mediation subcommittee shall then make their report to the full committee at the next committee meeting.
The plan outlined above is agreed to on the date shown below by the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc. and the Legislative-Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
Louise R. Ravenel Patrick B. Harris, Chairman
Executive Director Legislative-Governor's
South Carolina Protection Committee on Mental
and Advocacy System for the Health and Mental
On motion of Rep. P. HARRIS, the Report was ordered printed in the Journal.
To: Members of the General Assembly of South Carolina
The Joint Legislative Committee on Aging, created in 1969 by Concurrent Resolution H.1286 and in 1978 made a permanent committee by Act 402 (Section 2-51-10), is pleased to submit the Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Committee.
/s/Representative Patrick B. Harris, Chairman
/s/Representative Dave C. Waldrop, Jr., Vice-Chairman
/s/Representative Denny Woodall Neilson
/s/Senator Warren K. Giese
/s/Senator Ernest L. Passailaigue
/s/Senator Maggie Wallace Glover
/s/Gloria H. Sholin
/s/Thomas D. Stilwell
/s/Robert C. Wasson
Keller H. Barron, Research Director
Karen L. Jacobs, Research Assistant
212 Blatt Building, PO Box 11867
Columbia, South Carolina 29211
Telephone: (803) 734-2995 Fax: (803) 734-2925
In 1959 the first Joint Legislative Committee "to study the needs and problems relating to the aged citizens in South Carolina" was created. This Committee continued its work until 1963. By 1969 the need for a committee to study the problems of the elderly in South Carolina was again evident and the legislature created such a committee under Concurrent Resolution No. 1286. This Committee continued under the authority of continuing resolutions until 1978 when the General Assembly found "the Committee to Study Public and Private Service, Programs and Facilities of the Aging fulfills a necessary and continuing legislative need and that the functions of the Committee can be more properly fulfilled by a permanent Committee," Act 402 (Code 2-51-10, 1978).
The Committee is made up of three members of the Senate, appointed by the President of the Senate, three members of the House, appointed by the Speaker, and three members appointed by the Governor. Serving as chair of the Committee have been Representative Martha Thomas Fitzgerald, 1959-1963; Senator Richard Riley, 1969-1976; Senator Hyman Rubin, 1977-1984. Representative Patrick Harris is the current Chairman, elected on November 29, 1984.
The Annual Public Hearing of the Committee on Aging was held in Columbia on September 15, 1993. Testimony was received from 28 persons representing individual interests, state agencies, commissions, organizations and service delivery groups. Approximately 110 persons attended the Hearing.
The record of the hearing is available in the office of the Committee, 212 Blatt Building. Transcription copies are provided to appropriate state agencies and upon request to individuals and organizations.
The Committee met on November 4, 1993, to review the public hearing testimony, to receive reports, to discuss proposed legislation and to determine the 1994 legislative priorities.
Copies of Acts, Bills, and Bill Status may be obtained from Legislative Information 1-800-922-1539, 734-2060
ALZHEIMER'S RESOURCE COORDINATION CENTER (H.4388, S.926/R 346, Act _____) Effective Date: April 20, 1994
A bill which creates the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Resource Coordination Center in the Office of the Governor, Division on Aging and provides for its duties and for an Advisory Council.
Appropriation Bill(Senate Proviso) 6DD.45 Governor, Division on Aging-Alzheimer's Grants: Of the funds appropriated herein ($100,000) for the Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center, the Division on Aging shall use a portion of the funds to provide grants of up to $10,000 each to local communities to assist persons who have Alzheimer's Disease and their families, to include respite care. The local community shall be required to provide cash or in-kind match in an amount equal to the amount of funds received.
SOUTH CAROLINA REVERSE MORTGAGE ACT (H.4351/
R 421, S.929, Act _____) Effective Date: July 1, 1994
A bill to enact the South Carolina Reverse Mortgage Act which provides rules for governing reverse mortgages, exempts reverse mortgages from certain provisions of other mortgage transactions, and requires that certain information concerning reverse mortgages is available to loan applicants.
STATE HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE PLAN (H.4368/R 323, S.928, Act 310) Effective Date: July 1, 1994
A bill which relates to entities whose employees and retirees are eligible for state health and dental insurance plans, to include county councils on aging or other governmental agencies providing aging services funded by the Office of the Governor, Division on Aging.
FOCAL POINT DESIGNATION
(H.4427, S.947/R 364, Act ____) Effective Date: May 24, 1994
A bill to provide that the Governor's Office, Division on Aging shall designate area agencies on aging who shall designate focal points to represent the local level of the state aging network.
CHIPS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION (H.4419, S.1008)
A Concurrent Resolution to honor and congratulate Carolina Home Injury Prevention for Seniors (CHIPS) projects for contributions to the health and safety of our elderly citizens and to honor and thank the many volunteers who have given so generously of their time to this project.
AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE CREDIT FOR DRIVER TRAINING (H.4369, S.927)
A bill to provide that automobile liability and collision insurance rates are subject to a mandatory credit if an insured has passed an approved driver training course.
STATUS: H.4369 - Referred to Labor, Commerce & Industry; S.927 - PASSED SENATE _ House Calendar with amendment
CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES ACT AMENDMENTS (H.4857, S.1224)
A bill to require an operator of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) to obtain approval from the Department of Consumer Affairs to distribute a dividend or similar distribution; to require an operator of a CCRC to submit a financial plan to the Department for approval if the Department has reason to believe the operator is or may become insolvent. STATUS: H.4857 - PASSED House with amendments _ Referred to Banking and Insurance; S.1224 - Referred to Banking and Insurance
EMS - DO NOT RESUSCITATE ACT (S.1256)
A bill to enact the Emergency Medical Services Do Not Resuscitate Act, to provide for circumstances under which emergency medical services personnel may not resuscitate patients, to provide a form for this order.
STATUS: S.1256 - PASSED Senate with amendments _ Referred to House Judiciary
MANUFACTURED HOME PARK TENANCY ACT AMENDMENTS (H.4370, S.930)
A bill which deletes the "taking of the park or the part of it affecting the resident's lot by eminent domain" as a reason the owner of the land may evict the resident leasing the lot.
STATUS: H.4370 - PASSED House _ Referred to Senate Judiciary; S. 930 - Referred to Senate Judiciary
SAFE CREMATION ACT (H.4756, S.1191)
A bill to enact the "Safe Cremation Act" and to provide for the authorization of, the procedures for, and regulation of cremation.
STATUS: H.4756 - PASSED House _ On Senate Calendar without Reference; S.1191 - Referred to Senate Medical Affairs
AGING CURRICULUM/VOLUNTEERISM (H.3165, S.248)
A Joint Resolution to integrate aging topics into public school curriculum and promote volunteerism within schools.
STATUS: H.3165 - PASSED House _ Referred to Senate Education; S.248 - Referred to Senate Education
TAX CREDIT FOR ADULT DAY CARE PROGRAMS (H.3021, S.115)
A bill to extend to adult day care programs the tax credit received by employers beginning in 1990 for child day care programs.
STATUS: H.3021 - Referred to House Ways and Means; S.115 - PASSED Senate _ Referred to Ways and Means
AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE CREDIT FOR DRIVER TRAINING (H.3017, S.114)
A bill to provide that automobile liability and collision insurance rates are subject to a mandatory credit if an insured has passed an approved driver training course. Amended to mandate drivers' education for 15-17 year olds and to provide vouchers for such courses.
STATUS: H.3017 - Tabled; S.114 - PASSED Senate _ PASSED House with Amendments _ Senate Refused to Concur _ Conference Committee Report Pending
SENIOR HOUSING INSTITUTE (H.3020, S.173)
A bill to sponsor a "Senior Housing Institute" and to report annually to the General Assembly and the Governor.
STATUS: H.3020 - PASSED House _ Referred to Senate Medical Affairs; S.173 - PASSED Senate _ Referred to House Ways and Means
1994 OUTSTANDING OLDER SOUTH CAROLINIAN (H.5196, S.1404) Effective Date: May 11, 1994
House and Senate Resolutions to recognize John W. Fling of Richland County upon receiving the 1994 Outstanding Older South Carolinian Award presented by the Office of the Governor, Division on Aging.
CONTRACTED EMPLOYEES BY INDIVIDUALS IN NURSING HOMES (H.4780) Effective Date: Upon approval by the Governor
A bill to provide that a resident of a nursing home of this state may contract with a person not associated with the nursing home to perform certain services and provide exceptions.
EXEMPTION FOR NON-PROFIT HOUSING CORPORATIONS (H.3922/R 300, Act 293) Effective Date: Upon approval by the Governor, effective for taxable years beginning after 1993
A bill to extend the exemption allowed non-profit housing corporations exclusively providing below-cost housing for aged and handicapped persons to non-profit corporations exclusively providing below-cost supportive housing for elderly persons or households authorized by appropriate federal laws.
PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS (S.1138) Effective Date: Upon approval of Governor
A Joint Resolution to provide that the Human Services Coordinating Council shall appoint an Advisory Committee on the future of public health in South Carolina.
RESTRUCTURING CORRECTIONS (H.4818, S.1381)
To include among other provisions to revise the membership and responsibilities relating to the Long Term Care Council, to revise the name, membership and responsibilities of the Council to the Human Services Coordinating Council.
STATUS: - PASSED House _ Senate Judiciary; S.1381 - Currently on Senate Calendar for second reading
GRANDPARENT CHILD VISITATION (H.4503)
A bill to provide conditions under which grandparent visitation may be granted.
STATUS: Referred to House Judiciary
HEALTH CARE PROVIDER DEFINITION (H.5019)
An amendment offered to amend the Physicians' Patient Records Act which would change a chapter to the "Patient Medical Records Act' and change references from "Physician" to "Health Care Provider" throughout the chapter.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
HOMEOWNERS PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION (H.4633)
A bill to provide a homestead exemption for homeowners from property taxed for school operating purposes, limit increases in local government revenues during the phase-in of the homestead exemption, require the Department of Revenue to assess all personal property in the state, require reassessment every five years.
STATUS: Recommitted to House Ways and Means
OMNIBUS ADULT PROTECTION ACT AMENDMENT (H.4740)
A bill to provide that a vulnerable adult may not be considered abused or neglected if being furnished nonmedical remedial treatment in accordance with practices of a recognized church instead of medical treatment.
STATUS: Referred to House Judiciary
PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASS EXEMPTION (H.4526)
A bill to exempt prescription eyeglass lenses and raw materials used in the fabrication of such lenses and to provide that this exemption does not extend to eyeglass frames.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
PROBATE CODE (S.886)
A bill to permit a bond to be waived on estates under $100,000 under certain conditions.
STATUS: PASSED Senate _ Referred to House Judiciary
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF SALES TAX ACT (H.5023)
A bill to enact the Property Tax Relief Sales Tax Act which imposes an additional three and one-half percent sales tax, the revenue from which shall be used to reduce and eliminate ad valorem property taxes on a phased-in basis; repeal section on homestead exemptions.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
PUBLIC FACILITY TAX EXEMPTION (H.4393)
A bill to provide that the exemption allowed for schools, colleges, hospitals, and charitable institutions caring for the infirmed, handicapped persons, aged, children and indigent persons, does not extend beyond the buildings and premises actually occupied by owners of the real property.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
RETIREMENT INCOME DEDUCTION (H.4765)
A bill to provide for the deduction of all retirement income beginning for the taxable years the taxpayer attains age sixty-five.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
SOUTH CAROLINA SOLICITATION OF CHARITABLE FUNDS ACT (S.1062)
A bill to enact the "South Carolina Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act".
STATUS: PASSED Senate _ Referred to House Judiciary _
VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROTECTION ACT (H.4778)
A bill to enact the "Volunteer Service Protection Act" to provide immunity from civil liability based upon a volunteer's action in connection with duties for certain organizations.
STATUS: Referred to House Judiciary
ABSENTEE BALLOT (H.3100)
A bill to lower from seventy-two to sixty-five the age of a person who qualifies to vote by absentee ballot.
STATUS: PASSED HOUSE _ Referred to Senate Judiciary
ABSENTEE BALLOT (S.581)
A bill to provide that persons attending sick or physically disabled persons, persons serving as jurors in a state or federal court on Election Day, and persons 72 years of age of older may vote by absentee ballot.
STATUS: PASSED Senate _ Referred to House Judiciary
ADEQUATE SEATING (H.3699)
A bill to require the Department of Highways and Public Transportation to provide adequate seating for persons who, because of their age or infirmity, cannot stand for long periods of time on offices in which the Department registers and licenses motor vehicles.
STATUS: Referred to House Education and Public Works
AUTO LEASE FEE REDUCTION (H.3172)
A bill to authorize a fee of ten dollars annually for persons sixty-five years of age or older who leases a vehicle.
STATUS: PASSED HOUSE _ Referred to Senate Transportation
A bill to repeal current provisions pertaining to regulation of bingo games and adds provisions to regulate bingo.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
CRIMES OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDER/RECIPIENT FRAUD (S.782)
A bill to provide civil and criminal penalties for crimes of medical assistance provider/recipient fraud.
STATUS: PASSED Senate _ Referred to House Judiciary
DEPENDENT TAX CREDIT (S.145)
A Bill to enact the Dependent Tax Credit Act.
STATUS: Referred to Senate Finance
HEALTH CARE CONSENT ACT (H.3695)
A bill to revise the definition of "Health Care" to include the provision of medically or surgically implanted tubes in the Adult Health Care Consent Act.
STATUS: Referred to House Judiciary
HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT (H.4171, S.749)
A bill to enact the "South Carolina Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act of 1993" by providing health care cooperative agreements, to regulate self-referral of patients by health care professionals, and to direct SCDHEC to develop clinical practice guidelines, provide for health care cost containment, provide a transition to universal health insurance coverage, provide for education and training of health care professionals, provide medical review criteria, provide standards and requirements for individual and group health benefit plans, provide that the Uniform Arbitration Act is applicable to insurance companies, administrators of insurance benefit plans and health maintenance organizations.
STATUS: H.4171 - Referred to Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs; S.727 - Senate General
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION TO $25,000 (H.3963, S.64)
A bill to increase the amount of real property exempted from taxation from the $20,000 of fair market value to $25,000.
STATUS: H.3963 - Referred to House Ways and Means; S.64 - Referred to Senate Finance
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION TO $30,000 (H.3089, H.3114, S.20, S.332)
A bill to increase the amount of real property exempted from taxation from the $20,000 of fair market value to $30,000.
STATUS: H.3089/H.3114 - Referred to House Ways and Means, S.20/S.332 - Referred to Senate Finance
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION - FAIR MARKET VALUE (H.3364)
A bill to provide an exemption on residential property tax for fair market value which represents increases after the property first qualifies for the homestead exemption.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION - CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (H.3139, H.3694)
A bill to require annual adjustments to offset increases in the consumer price index.
STATUS: H.3139 - Referred to House Ways and Means; H.3694 - Referred to House Ways and Means
HUNTING/FISHING EXEMPTION (H.3383)
A bill to allow persons who are nonresident, sixty-five years of age or older an exemption from obtaining a hunting and fishing license/permit if their state of residence extends similar privileges.
STATUS: Referred to House Agriculture
INCOME TAX DEDUCTION (H.3125)
A bill to allow a deduction for a sixty-five year old person, or spouse, who is ineligible for a deduction under other provisions.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
INCOME TAX DEDUCTION (H.3907, S.666)
A bill to clarify taxable income deductions for the retirement income exclusion for surviving spouses; so as to clarify that the Eldercare Trust Fund "Checkoff" applies only to individual income tax returns.
STATUS: H.3907 - PASSED HOUSE _ Referred to Senate Finance, S.666 - PASSED Senate with amendments_ House Ways and Means
INCOME TAX EXEMPTION (S.41)
A bill to exempt from state income tax resident individuals who have attained the age of sixty-five years.
STATUS: Referred to Senate Finance
INDIVIDUAL MEDICAL ACCOUNT (S.171)
A bill to create the Individual Medical Account Act for the purpose of paying the medical, dental, and long-term care expenses of the account holder.
STATUS: Referred to Senate Finance
A Joint Resolution to provide that a portion of the revenue derived from the lotteries conducted by the state be used for reducing the sales and use tax on unprepared food.
STATUS: Referred to Senate Finance
A Joint Resolution to authorize lotteries conducted only by the state: one-half of revenues from lotteries must be used for elderly and indigent care.
STATUS: Referred to House Judiciary
MEDICAID TRUSTS FOR NURSING HOME CARE (H.4185)
A bill to provide for court-approved trusts and their requirements in order for a trust beneficiary to qualify for Medicaid for nursing home care.
STATUS: PASSED HOUSE _ Referred to Senate Medical Affairs
RETIREMENT INCOME (H.3653/H.3906/S.667)
A bill to increase from $3,000 to $6,000 the maximum amount of retirement income a taxpayer at least sixty-two years of age may deduct from taxable income.
STATUS: H.3653/H.3906 - Referred to House Ways and Means; S.667 - Referred to Senate Finance
STATE PARK EXEMPTION (H.3242, S.309)
A bill to allow aged, blind, and disabled persons free use of facilities free of charge and to change from 65 to 62 the qualifying age.
STATUS: Referred to Senate General
STATE PARK FREE ADMISSION (H.3393)
A bill to give free admission and reduced charges for state parks to non-residents, sixty-five or older or disabled if their state reciprocates.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
SALES TAX EXEMPTION - 85 Years (H.4094)
A bill to require the Department of Revenue and Taxation to distribute placards to retailers informing the public that the one percent sales and use tax to fund the Education Improvement Act of 1984 does not apply to individuals 85 years of age of older.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
PERTAINING TO AGING INTERESTS
Part IB, Temporary Provisos
D21 - Section 6DD - The Governor
40. Div. on Aging - State Match Funding Formula
41. Div. on Aging - State Matching Funds Carry Forward
43. Div. on Aging - Registration Fees
45. Added by Senate Finance Committee (SFC): Div. of Aging, Alzheimer Grants - Grants made to local communities from funds appropriated to the Division on Aging for the Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center be matched 50% by the community. Grants will be up to $10,000. Appropriation of $100,000 non-recurring for educational purposes and local grants.
H54 - Section 18M - MUSC
2. Ombudsman Program
JO2 - Section 29 - Department of Health and Human Services
2. Long Term Care Facility Reimbursement Rate
12. Nursing Home Sanctions
17. Deleted by SFC: Substitute Home Programs - It is the intent of the General Assembly that $250,000 appropriated herein be used as match to implement a waiver proposal for the development of substitute home programs in South Carolina. Services will be restricted to 300 persons who will be eligible for enhanced residential care facility, assisted living and adult foster care services. Individuals served must meet the nursing home level of care criteria.
JO4 - Section 30 - Dept. of Health and Environmental Control
34. Nursing Home Medicaid Bed Day Permit
LO4 - Section 35 - Department of Social Services
6. Amendment SFC: Residential Care Optional Supplement, amended to Individual.
X90 - Section 129 - General and Temporary
19. Human Services Coordinating Council
25. Discrimination Policy
47/48 Retirees Salary Limit
62. Amendment SFC: Federal Retiree Settlement
PART II, Permanent Provisos
Section 45 - Exempt from sales tax food stuffs for homeless or needy sold to non-profit organizations
Section 47 - Berkeley County Senior Centers - Amended SFC
Section 58 - Additional Homestead Exemption for School Property Taxes, Deleted SFC
Section 89 - Federal Retiree Settlement - Amended SFC
Long Term Care Insurance Home/Community Optional Benefit, Office of the Governor, Division on Aging, Department of Insurance. Report Date, January 1995 and January 1997 (1991 Act 165, Section 3).
The status of legislation introduced by the Committee and other selected legislation related to aging interests is summarized periodically during the session. This publication entitled "Legislative Update" is very popular among legislators, the aging network organizations and interested individuals. Copies are distributed upon request.
The Committee also distributes two pamphlets. One gives a brief history of the Committee and includes a list of the members and legislative priorities and the other, "Aging Resources," lists state organizations, agencies, and legislative committees interested in aging issues.
This year the SC Federation of Older Americans hosted the Seniors' Legislative Day '94 on Wednesday, January 12, 1994 at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia. The day consisted of workshops for members of the Federation and a annual luncheon held to honor the members of the General Assembly.
"Speaking Out on Aging Issues" was the theme of this year's event. Over 125 persons were present to give a special tribute to the more than 70 legislators who attended.
Dr. James Califf, President of the Federation, presided over the event. Comptroller General Earle Morris introduced the legislators. Senator Dick Elliott introduced the guest speaker, Lieutenant Governor Nick Theodore. The Lt. Governor spoke on "Setting Priorities for 1994."
Rep. Dewitt Williams received the Legislator of the Year Award from the SCFOA. Other award winners were Chad Buffkin, Editor, Fifty Plus Newspaper, Media of the Year Award; and Sisters of Our Lady of the Valley, Volunteer of the Year Award.
Karen Jacobs, JLCOA staff, served on the Planning Committee and coordinated the Workshops Committee.
The Task Force to Study Services for Alzheimer's Victims and Their Families was appointed by the Committee on Aging as provided by Joint Resolution, H.3018, signed by the Governor on April 26, 1993. Members of the Task force are Dean Winona Vernberg, USC School of Public Health, Chair; Dr. David Bachman, Medical University of South Carolina; Dr. Joseph Bevilacqua, Department of Mental Health; Tom Brown, Department of Health and Environmental Control; Harry Bryan, Alzheimer's Association, Mid-State Chapter; Dr. Paul Eleazer, USC School of Medicine; Dr. Pam Kline, Clemson University; Dr. Eugene Laurent, SC Health and Human Services Finance Commission; Jack McIntosh, Alzheimer's Association, Upstate Chapter; Ruth Seigler, Division on Aging, Governor's Office; Betty Allison, caregiver; Reverend Monroe Fields, caregiver; Nancy Jones, caregiver.
The Task Force met a total of nine times and produced the Report, GRAY PLAGUE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, Their Families and Caregivers. It was presented at the meeting of the Committee on November 4, 1993. The following facts about AD in SC were presented:
Approximately 50,000 currently have Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder
This number is increasing by over 1,000 each year
10% of those over age 65 have Alzheimer's disease
1 in 3 of those over age 85 have Alzheimer's disease
For every person with Alzheimer's disease, at least one other person is affected -- which brings the number affected to 100,000
The average caregiver is over 60 years old
Companion bills drafted from the Report were introduced in the House (H.4388) and Senate (S.926) on January 11, 1994. The bills call for an Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center. S.926 passed and was signed by the Governor on April 20, 1994. The Senate Finance Committee appropriated $100,000, approved by the Senate. It must also be sustained in the Conference Committee. The Task Force actively worked for establishment of and funding for the Center.
College of Social Work, USC
The College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina assigned Jan Wallace, candidate for a Master's degree in Social Work, as a legislative intern with the Committee from August 1993 to May 1994. This is the sixth time a macro field placement has been provided by the Committee.
Jan completed the Directory of Housing for Seniors in South Carolina which aids seniors in finding appropriate housing within our State. The Directory contains information on Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Retirement Communities, Adult Day Care facilities, Alzheimer's Special Care programs, Community Residential Care facilities, Denominational facilities, Nursing Homes and Subsidized Rental Housing. The Directory was compiled from written surveys, telephone surveys and through lists provided by licensing agencies. She also aided in the Blue Ribbon Task Force Report, Gray Plague of the Twenty-First Century: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, Their Families and Caregivers.
School of Public Health, USC
Winona B. Vernberg, Dean of the School of Public Health, placed Darbi Church, candidate for Master's degree in Health Administration, as a graduate assistant with the Committee from July 1993 through May 1994.
Darbi was assigned to staff the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease. She compiled the background information, goals, objectives, and recommendations of the Task Force into a 71 page report, Gray Plague of the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, Their Families and Caregivers. She closely followed the bill which created an Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center in the Office of the Governor, Division on Aging. She also studied the legislative budget process through observing the appropriations procedure for the Center. In addition, Darbi completed a guide to the legislative process which includes a case study of the Alzheimer's legislation.
School of Nursing, USC
Melanie VanSant, candidate for a Master's degree in Nursing, was an intern from the School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina. Melanie worked in the Committee on Aging office from September through November. She attended various meetings concerning health and aging issues such as the Long Term Care Council, SC Health Decisions and she also participated in activities involving the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease.
Agnes Scott College
Michelle Frost participated in the ASC Extern Program during the week of January 10-14, 1994. She attended the opening day of the legislative session, Senior Legislative Day '94, a workshop on effective lobbying for senior citizens, and House and Senate committee meetings. She met several elected and appointed officials.
Cheryl Monk participated in the Shadow Program on March 16, 1994. She attended House and Senate committee meetings and observed a session of the General Assembly.
Members of the Committee and/or staff worked cooperatively throughout the year with the Standing Committees of the House and Senate, Long Term Care Council, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Joint Health Care Planning and Oversight Committee, Legislative Committee for People with Disabilities and Special Needs, Division on Aging of the Governor's Office, Department of Revenue and Taxation, Comptroller General's Office, Health and Human Services Finance Commission, Department of Consumer Affairs and the State Library.
Chairman Patrick B. Harris represents the Committee on the Health Care Planning and Oversight Committee and the Long Term Care Reform Subcommittee.
Keller H. Barron, Director of Research, is the designee for Chairman Harris on the Long Term Care Council and serves on the Agenda Committee. She also serves on the South Carolina Health Decisions Committee of DHEC.
Karen Jacobs, Research Assistant, participated in the Alzheimer's Association Mid-State Chapter Memory Walk and served on the Senior Legislative Day '94 Planning Committee. Currently, she is serving as a member on the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk Planning Committee.
The following are available from the Committee office and distributed upon request:
GRAY PLAGUE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, Their Families, and Caregivers, as directed by Joint Resolution Act 195, 1993, was submitted to the Committee on November 4, 1993, by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease. The Report critically analyzes South Carolina's current service system and identifies economical ways of improving the continuum of care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
The goals are:
1) to establish a single entity which shall facilitate the assessment, planning, and coordination of services to ADRD individuals;
2) to promote a comprehensive service system, with emphasis on community services in the least restrictive environment, meeting individual needs and maximizing independence;
3) to enhance data collection and utilization in order to improve the service delivery system and provide information for policy development;
4) to increase the numbers and training of professional caregivers with expertise in geriatrics and ADRD; and
5) to assure that administrators of health care facilities and service providers utilize the appropriate staff and facility resources and provide staff training and continuing education relating to the special needs of ADRD individuals.
A total of 24 recommendations flowed from these goals. Among them were recommendations to:
1) create a Resource Coordination Center in the Office of the Governor, Division on Aging (S.926, enacted on May 24, 1994);
2) establish funding for local ADRD services;
3) develop training programs for home health aides, nurses aides, and homemakers;
4) develop criteria for Alzheimer's disease special care units in nursing homes and adult day care;
5) develop training for volunteers; and
6) expand the Alzheimer's Disease Registry.
Responsibility for carrying out these recommendations lies with the Resource Coordination Center and various State Entities. Approximately 300 Reports were printed and distributed.
Presently, the District of Columbia and the State of Massachusetts are considering replication of the recommendations in the Report.
DIRECTORY OF HOUSING FOR SENIORS IN SOUTH CAROLINA, is the fourth edition of the Directory to assist South Carolinians and persons coming from other states to locate housing in South Carolina. Since 1982, legislative interns from the College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, have carried out this important project with the Committee staff. The Directory was compiled from written surveys, telephone surveys and through lists provided by licensing agencies. It contains information on Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Retirement Communities, Adult Day Care facilities, Alzheimer's disease Special Care programs, Community Residential Care facilities, Denominational facilities, Nursing Homes and Subsidized Rental Housing. This report was distributed to all facilities listed, regional libraries within the state, the aging network and upon request to legislators.
The following publications are available from the Committee office and distributed upon request:
Final Report, Advisory Committee on Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of the Long Term Care Council; April 1992
Adult Day Care Survey of Needs of State Employees Report to the Committee, Human Resource Management Division, Budget and Control Board, 1991
Aging in South Carolina: Focus on Caregiving, SC Commission on Aging, 1993
Annual Reports 1970-1994
Aging Resources, 1994
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Registry, Annual Report, School of Public Health, 1993
Consumer's Guide to Long Term Care Insurance in SC, 1990
Declaration of a Desire for a Natural Death form, 1994
Directory of Housing for Seniors in SC, February 1994
Economic Impact of the Senior Living Industry in SC, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, 1991
Elderly in SC: Quick Facts, 1993
Final Report: SC Community Long Term Care Waiting List Study, August 1993
GRAY PLAGUE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, Their Families and Caregivers, Alzheimer's Task Force, November 1993
Greying of South Carolina: Facing the 90's, Final Report; SC Humanities Council, 1990
Health Care Power of Attorney form, 1994
Health Care for the Medically Indigent of SC: 1990 Health Access Update, Summary Report, 1992
Homestead Tax Exemption Program; Comptroller General, 1993
Horry County Resource Directory, 1993
Laws, Regulations, Policies and Procedures Affecting the Aged and Disabled Drivers in SC Report to the Committee, Department of Highways and Public Transportation, 1992
Legislative History of the "Living Will" and Health Care Power of Attorney, 1977-1993
Long Term Care and Related Services for the Elderly, Limited-Scope Review, Legislative Audit Council, 1993
Medicare Supplement Insurance Standardization Comparison of Annual Premium Rates in SC, Dept. of Insurance, February 1994
Older Americans Act 1993
Panel Study of Older South Carolinians, Long Term Care Council, 1990
Report on the Study of Applicants Seeking Medicaid-Sponsored Nursing Facility Care in SC, H&HSFC, July 1993
Discovering SC, Vol.6, No.1, 1994
SC Senior Citizens' Handbook, a Guide to Laws and Programs Affecting Senior Citizens, Young Lawyers Division, SC Bar, 1992
Senior Housing Survey Report, SC Commission on Aging, 1993
State Plan on Aging, SC Commission on Aging, 1993-96
Study of Home Equity Conversion Mortgages in SC, September 1993
Summary of Legislation Related to Aging Interests Enacted Through 1994
Volunteers and the Law in South Carolina, Young Lawyers Division of the SC Bar, 1993
In 1971 the General Assembly designated the South Carolina Commission on Aging to administer the provisions and funds of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, and to plan, coordinate and serve as an advocate for programs and services for older persons and their family caregivers.
Planning is coordinated for older South Carolinians in such areas as income, health, housing, employment, retirement and in-home and community-based services.
In July 1993, the Commission on Aging was abolished under government restructuring and the agency became a Division in the Governor's Office (R.276).
The "Aging Network" in South Carolina includes the Division and 10 Area Agencies on Aging which plan, develop and coordinate programs and services in their regions and 59 aging services providers.
THE ELDERCARE TRUST FUND
The General Assembly has established a check-off for Eldercare on state income tax forms. One-fourth of the contributions remain in trust and the remainder is used to administer the program and fund innovative community projects to help older South Carolinians retain their independence.
THE PARTNERSHIP FOR OLDER SOUTH CAROLINIANS
The Partnership is a joint venture between the Division on Aging and the United Way of South Carolina to develop collaborative community efforts to meet the needs of older persons and help them retain their independence.
I-CARE (Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referral for Elders) is a volunteer insurance counseling and assistance program for senior citizens sponsored by the Division on Aging and the S.C. Department of Insurance. The program is funded through a federal grant.
Project COPE is a federally funded project to assist victims of Alzheimer's disease and their families. Services are being initiated in three regions, but will expand to state-wide coverage.
SC CAREGIVERS SURVEY
A state-wide survey of a sample of over 300 caregivers was completed and a report of findings has been published. The data are being used to support the need for programs to assist caregivers.
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (MIS)
The Division on Aging and the University of South Carolina have developed a system to transmit data from the Client Information System in local agencies by phone line to the Division. This provides unduplicated client counts and units of service provided, and provides the necessary data needed to participate in the S.C. Legislative Masterfield System. The Division has also completed the installation of a Novell based local Area Network linking internal state staff and the Area Agencies on Aging.
STATE PLAN ON AGING
A new four-year State Plan on Aging was developed and approved by the Governor and the Administration on Aging.
TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT
The Division has implemented TQM as its management philosophy. Staff have received formal and in-service training, and all staff participate in TQM Teams.
Mrs. Ruth Q. Seigler, R.N., M.N. - Division Director
Governor's Office, Division on Aging
202 Arbor Lake Drive, Suite 301
Columbia, South Carolina 29223
Phone: (803) 737-7500
Fax: (803) 737-7501
XI. APPENDIX A: ACT 402 to Create a Permanent Committee
(R420, H.3247)(Code 2-51-10)
An Act to create a Permanent Committee to conduct continuing Studies of Public and Private Services, Programs and Facilities for the Aging.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Section 1. The General Assembly finds that the Committee to Study Public and Private Services, Programs and Facilities for the Aging, originally created H.1286 of 1969 and continued by concurrent resolution through 1977, fulfills a necessary and continuing legislative need and that the functions of the committee can be more properly fulfilled by a permanent committee.
Section 2. There is created a permanent committee to conduct continuing studies of public and private services, programs and facilities for the aging in South Carolina and report its findings and recommendations annually to the General Assembly.
Three members shall be appointed from the Senate by the President thereof, three members shall be appointed from the House of Representative by the Speaker and three member shall be appointed by the Governor. Terms of legislative members shall be coterminous with their terms as members of the General Assembly and terms of members appointed by the Governor shall be coterminous with the term of the appointing Governor.
Members of the Committee shall be provided by an annual appropriation in the general Appropriation Act.
The Legislative Council shall provide such legal services as the Committee may require in the performance of its duties.
Section 3. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 14th day of February, 1978.
XI. APPENDIX B: COUNTY COUNCILS ON AGING 1994
County Organization Telephone
Abbeville Piedmont Agency on Aging 223-0164
Aiken Aiken Council on Aging 648-5447
Allendale Allendale Council on Aging 584-4350
Anderson Anderson/Oconee Council on Aging 225-3370
Bamberg Bamberg Co. Office on Aging 245-3021
Barnwell Barnwell Co. Office on Aging 541-1249
Beaufort Beaufort Council on Aging 524-1787
Berkeley Berkeley County Senior Citizens 761-6900
Calhoun Calhoun Co. Agency for Senior Citizen 874-1270
Charleston Charleston Area Senior Citizens 722-4127
American Red Cross - Low Country 566-9965
South Santee Comm. Center 546-2789
Cherokee Cherokee Co. Services to the Aging 489-3868
Chester Senior Services Inc. of Chester Co. 385-3838
Chesterfield Chesterfield Council on Aging 623-2280
Clarendon Clarendon Council on Aging 435-8593
Colleton Colleton Council on Aging 549-7642
Darlington Darlington Council on Aging 393-8521
Dillon Dillon Council on Aging 774-0055
Dorchester Dorchester Council on Aging 871-5053
Edgefield Edgefield Senior Citizens Council 637-5326
Fairfield Fairfield Council on Aging 635-3015
Florence Florence Council on Aging 669-6761
Georgetown Georgetown Council on Aging 546-8539
Greenville Greenville Senior Action Inc. 467-3660
Greenwood Piedmont Agency on Aging 223-0164
Hampton Hampton Council on Aging 943-5262
Horry Horry Council on Aging 248-9818
Jasper Jasper Council on Aging 726-5601
Kershaw Kershaw Council on Aging 432-8173
Lancaster Lancaster Council on Aging 285-6956
Laurens Laurens Service Council for Seniors 984-4572
Lee Lee Council on Aging 484-6212
Lexington Lexington Co. Recreation Commission 359-4048
Columbia/Irmo Rec. Commission 731-0047
Marion Marion Co. Council on Aging 423-4391
Marlboro Marlboro Council on Aging 479-9951
McCormick McCormick Council on Aging 465-2626
Newberry Newberry Council on Aging 276-8266
Oconee Anderson/Oconee Council on Aging 882-1673
Orangeburg Orangeburg Council on Aging 531-4663
Pickens Pickens Co. Seniors Unlimited 843-2275
Richland Council on Aging of the Midlands 252-7734
Saluda Saluda Council on Aging 445-2175
Spartanburg Spartanburg Council on Aging 596-3910
Sumter Santee Senior Services 773-5508
Union Union Council on Aging 429-1682
Williamsburg Santee Senior Services 773-5508
York York Council on Aging 327-6694
XI. APPENDIX C: AREA AGENCIES ON AGING 1994
REGION COUNTIES SERVED NUMBER
I SC Appalachian Council of Govn'ts 242-9733
Appalachia Dr. Michael Stogner, Aging Unit Director
Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville,
Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg
II Upper Savannah Council of Govn'ts 229-6627
Upper Ms. Sandra Johnson, Aging Unit Director 1-800
Savannah Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood 922-7729
Laurens, McCormick, Saluda
III Catawba Area Agency on Aging 329-9670
Catawba Ms. Sherron Marshall, Aging Unit Director 1-800
Chester, Lancaster, York, Union 772-4011
IV Central Midlands Reg. Planning Council 771-0887
Central Ms. Sherri Burriss, Human Services Manager
Midlands Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Richland
V Lower Savannah Council of Govn'ts 649-7981
Lower Linda Holmes, Aging Unit Director
Savannah Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell,
VI Santee-Lynches Regional Council 775-7383
Santee on Govn'ts
Lynches Ms. Connie D. Munn, Aging Unit Director
Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, Sumter
VII Pee Dee Community Health Services 378-4501
Pee Dee Ms. Ann Morgan, Aging Unit Director
Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon,
Florence, Marion, Marlboro
VIII Waccamaw Area Agency on Aging 349-2130
Waccamaw Ms. Barbara Blain, Aging Unit Director
Georgetown, Horry Williamsburg
IX ElderLink, Incorporated 745-1710
Trident Mr. James D. Dubs, Executive Director
Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester
X Lowcountry Council of Governments 726-5536
Lowcountry Ms. Yolanda Abram, Aging Unit Director
Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper
XI. APPENDIX D: COUNTY/MUNICIPAL HOMESTEAD TAX
COUNTY NUMBER AMOUNT
Abbeville 3,230 407,049.19
Aiken 11,315 1,293,112.22
Allendale 1,350 192,887.81
Anderson 15,709 1,898,998.37
Bamberg 1,877 245,749.41
Barnwell 2,213 235,484.02
Beaufort 8,326 861,267.90
Berkeley 5,396 610,145.38
Calhoun 1,247 152,635.60
Charleston 22,537 3,329,645.02
Cherokee 4,668 558,377.49
Chester 3,745 629,094.71
Chesterfield 3,921 371,733.85
Clarendon 2,550 361,879.40
Colleton 3,384 463,093.64
Darlington 6,120 675,254.32
Dillon 2,476 254,298.15
Dorchester 4,545 571,798.24
Edgefield 1,721 276,962.22
Fairfield 1,993 291,964.55
Florence 9,908 951,400.61
Georgetown 4,816 624,886.16
Greenville 26,530 3,743,318.72
Greenwood 6,975 885,107.53
Hampton 2,340 363,265.30
Horry 14,140 1,497,700.16
Jasper 1,307 211,644.86
Kershaw 4,220 550,240.42
Lancaster 4,927 744,819.81
Laurens 5,866 633,672.18
Lee 1,781 257,356.03
Lexington 12,425 1,930,155.70
McCormick 787 104,716.31
Marion 3,319 444,735.76
Marlboro 3,280 312,653.78
Newberry 4,785 589,051.13
Oconee 5,851 536,952.20
Orangeburg 7,562 1,052,389.63
Pickens 9,769 1,030,752.50
Richland 19,906 2,812,514.22
Saluda 1,771 226,517.70
Spartanburg 21,561 3,543,915.30
Sumter 6,981 901,634.67
Union 4,054 514,282.59
Williamsburg 2,786 413,811.76
York 11,081 1,294,489.52
STATE TOTALS 307,051 $39,853,398.04
* Unduplicated count $221,309 persons
XI. APPENDIX E: POPULATION AND % OF PERSONS AGE 65
AND OVER FOR SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTIES, 1990
TOTAL ALL 65 YRS.+ 65 YRS. +
COUNTY PERSONS TOTAL PERCENTAGE
Abbeville 23,862 3,520 14.8%
Aiken 120,940 13,796 11.4
Allendale 11,722 1,486 12.7
Anderson 145,196 19,732 13.6
Bamberg 16,902 2,165 12.8
Barnwell 20,293 2,489 12.3
Beaufort 86,425 10,664 12.3
Berkeley 128,776 7,453 5.8
Calhoun 12,753 1,768 13.9
Charleston 295,039 29,881 10.1
Cherokee 44,506 5,778 13.0
Chester 32,170 4,293 13.3
Chesterfield 38,577 4,921 12.8
Clarendon 28,450 3,787 13.3
Colleton 34,377 4,394 12.8
Darlington 61,851 7,417 12.0
Dillon 29,114 3,565 12.2
Dorchester 83,060 6,136 7.4
Edgefield 18,375 2,250 12.2
Fairfield 22,295 3,041 13.6
Florence 114,344 12,723 11.1
Georgetown 46,302 5,954 12.9
Greenville 320,167 38,063 11.9
Greenwood 59,567 8,224 13.8
Hampton 18,191 2,249 12.4
Horry 144,053 18,229 12.7
Jasper 15,487 1,949 12.6
Kershaw 43,599 5,292 12.1
Lancaster 54,516 6,709 12.3
Laurens 58,092 7,805 13.4
Lee 18,437 2,269 12.3
Lexington 167,611 14,897 8.9
McCormick 8,868 1,162 13.1
Marion 33,899 4,240 12.5
Marlboro 29,361 3,753 12.8
Newberry 33,172 5,123 15.4
Oconee 57,494 7,905 13.7
Orangeburg 84,803 10,547 12.4
Pickens 93,894 10,484 11.2
Richland 285,720 27,133 9.5
Saluda 16,357 2,350 14.4
Spartanburg 226,800 28,785 12.7
Sumter 102,637 9,621 9.4
Union 30,337 4,494 14.8
Williamsburg 36,815 4,438 12.1
York 131,497 14,001 10.6
__________________________________________________________________________________________TOTAL 3,486,703 396,935 11.4%
TOTAL TOTAL %
COUNTY REGISTERED VOTED VOTED
Abbeville 2,443 1,885 77.15
Aiken 10,132 8,404 82.94
Allendale 1,045 818 78.27
Anderson 11,842 9,845 83.13
Bamberg 1,644 1,257 76.45
Barnwell 1,892 1,563 82.61
Beaufort 10,143 8,514 83.93
Berkeley 5,789 4,806 83.01
Calhoun 1,276 1,074 84.16
Charleston 22,796 18,688 81.89
Cherokee 3,838 3,101 80.79
Chester 2,899 2,234 77.06
Chesterfield 2,987 2,368 79.27
Clarendon 2,890 2,343 81.07
Colleton 3,072 2,507 81.60
Darlington 4,830 3,964 82.07
Dillon 2,353 1,807 76.79
Dorchester 4,958 3,927 79.20
Edgefield 1,702 1,423 83.60
Fairfield 1,942 1,577 81.20
Florence 8,433 6,815 80.81
Georgetown 4,765 3,882 81.46
Greenville 24,464 20,764 84.87
Greenwood 5,096 4,194 82.29
Hampton 1,786 1,470 82.30
Horry 15,064 12,551 83.31
Jasper 1,473 1,176 79.83
Kershaw 3,934 3,411 86.70
Lancaster 4,148 3,682 83.34
Laurens 4,830 3,927 81.30
Lee 1,786 1,471 82.36
Lexington 11,190 9,544 85.29
McCormick 894 723 86.87
Marion 2,948 2,187 74.18
Marlboro 2,462 1,795 72.90
Newberry 3,709 3,038 81.90
Oconee 5,417 4,582 84.58
Orangeburg 8,207 6,789 82.72
Pickens 6,298 5,240 83.20
Richland 19,692 16,659 84.59
Saluda 1,656 1,364 82.36
Spartanburg 16,967 14,020 82.63
Sumter 6,493 5,231 80.56
Union 3,258 2,630 80.72
Williamsburg 3,542 2,912 82.21
York 9,257 7,861 84.91
TOTALS 278,512 230,003 82.58%
On motion of Rep. P. HARRIS, the Report was ordered printed in the Journal.
The following Bill was read the third time, passed and, having received three readings in both Houses, it was ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act, and that it be enrolled for ratification.
S. 1336 -- Corrections and Penology Committee: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-1520, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PRISONERS AND DEFINITIONS UNDER THE "HOME DETENTION ACT", SO AS TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE DEFINITIONS OF "COURT" AND "PARTICIPANT"; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-1530, RELATING TO PRISONERS AND CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMS FOR WHICH HOME DETENTION MAY BE SUBSTITUTED, SO AS TO PROVIDE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MAY ESTABLISH BY ORDINANCE A CERTAIN ALTERNATIVE TO INCARCERATION FOR PERSONS WHO ARE AWAITING TRIAL AND FOR OFFENDERS WHOSE SENTENCES DO NOT PLACE THEM IN THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-1560, RELATING TO THE USE OF AN ELECTRONIC MONITORING DEVICE UNDER THE "HOME DETENTION ACT", SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE PARTICIPANT'S USE OF SUCH A DEVICE IS CONDITIONED UPON BEING INSTRUCTED TO USE THE DEVICE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-1590, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PROVISION THAT THE "HOME DETENTION ACT" IS NOT APPLICABLE TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES OFFENDERS AND TO THE PROVISION THAT PROBATION AND PAROLE AUTHORITY IS NOT DIMINISHED BY ANY OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE "HOME DETENTION ACT", SO AS TO DEFINE FURTHER AND LIMIT THE TYPE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES OFFENDER TO WHOM THE "HOME DETENTION ACT" DOES NOT APPLY.
The following Bill was taken up, read the third time, and ordered returned to the Senate with amendments.
S. 1345 -- Senator Saleeby: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 4-9-39, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO TRANSFER OF ASSETS OF FORMER LIBRARIES, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISION REQUIRING SUCH TRANSFERRED ASSETS AND PROPERTY TO BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR LIBRARY PURPOSES.
The following Bill was taken up, read the third time, and ordered sent to the Senate.
H. 4378 -- Reps. Scott, Rudnick and Corning: A BILL TO PROVIDE THAT, FOR PURPOSES OF PRIVATE PASSENGER AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE, IN AN ACCIDENT OR COLLISION WHERE THE PROPERTY DAMAGE IS SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS OR MORE, A NONTICKETED VIOLATION IS NOT SUBJECT TO A RECOUPMENT CHARGE.
At 10:20 A.M. the House in accordance with the ruling of the SPEAKER adjourned to meet at 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, May 24.
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