South Carolina General Assembly
109th Session, 1991-1992

Bill 3067

                    Current Status

Introducing Body:               House
Bill Number:                    3067
Ratification Number:            126
Act Number:                     180
Primary Sponsor:                Wilder
Type of Legislation:            JR
Subject:                        Head and/or Spinal Cord Injury Task
Date Bill Passed both Bodies:   May 07, 1991
Computer Document Number:       3067
Governor's Action:              S
Date of Governor's Action:      May 27, 1991
Introduced Date:                Jan 08, 1991
Date of Last Amendment:         Apr 24, 1991
Last History Body:              ------
Last History Date:              May 27, 1991
Last History Type:              Act No. 180
Scope of Legislation:           Statewide
All Sponsors:                   Wilder
Type of Legislation:            Joint Resolution


 Bill  Body    Date          Action Description              CMN
 ----  ------  ------------  ------------------------------  ---
 3067  ------  May 27, 1991  Act No. 180
 3067  ------  May 27, 1991  Signed by Governor
 3067  ------  May 21, 1991  Ratified R 126
 3067  Senate  May 07, 1991  Concurred in House amendment,
                             enrolled for ratification
 3067  House   Apr 24, 1991  Senate amendments amended,
                             returned to Senate
 3067  Senate  Apr 16, 1991  Read third time, returned
                             with amendment
 3067  Senate  Apr 09, 1991  Amended, read second time
 3067  Senate  Apr 02, 1991  Committee Report: Favorable     13
                             with amendment
 3067  Senate  Feb 12, 1991  Introduced, read first time,    13
                             referred to Committee
 3067  House   Feb 07, 1991  Read third time, sent to
 3067  House   Feb 05, 1991  Amended, read second time
 3067  House   Jan 30, 1991  Committee Report: Favorable     27
                             with amendment
 3067  House   Jan 08, 1991  Introduced and read first       27
                             time, referred to Committee
 3067  House   Dec 12, 1990  Prefiled, referred to           27

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(A180, R126, H3067)


Whereas, the identification and planning of systems to provide service delivery for survivors of head and/or spinal cord injuries is vital; and

Whereas, the rehabilitation of these individuals is an investment which benefits all of society; and

Whereas, the goal of a comprehensive rehabilitation program is to improve the health and welfare of injured individuals by assisting them in the attainment of optimum psychological, physical, and social potential in order to enable them to engage in useful and productive work; and

Whereas, various studies have been made which provide data on the needs of these disabled individuals; and

Whereas, it is imperative that the various service providers be coordinated to provide the needed resources for individuals with these disabilities to regain as high a level of productivity as possible. Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Task force created

SECTION 1. (A) There is created a task force to address the needs of persons with head and/or spinal cord injuries and disabilities with similar needs in this State, the membership of which is as follows:

(1) two members to be appointed by the Governor;

(2) two members of the Senate to be appointed by the President of the Senate;

(3) two members of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Speaker of the House;

(4) one representative from each of the following organizations, departments, or agencies to serve at no additional expense to the State:

(a) Health and Human Services Finance Commission;

(b) Department of Social Services;

(c) Department of Mental Retardation;

(d) Department of Vocational Rehabilitation;

(e) Continuum of Care for Emotionally Disturbed Children;

(f) each of the head injury advocacy organizations;

(g) Spinal Cord Injury Association;

(h) Developmental Disabilities Council in the Office of the Governor;

(i) private service delivery sector appointed by the South Carolina Medical Association;

(j) Employment Security Commission;

(k) Department of Education;

(l) Department of Mental Health;

(m) South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc.;

(n) Long Term Care Council;

(o) a consultant knowledgeable in head and/or spinal cord injury appointed by the Medical University of South Carolina;

(p) a consultant knowledgeable in head and/or spinal cord injury appointed by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine;

(q) Department of Health and Environmental Control;

(r) insurance industry appointed by the Insurance Commissioner.

(B) At the first meeting of the task force, the members identified in subsection (A) shall elect a chairman of the task force who must be one of the members appointed or stated in subsection (A).

(C) Vacancies occurring on the task force must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.


SECTION 2. The purpose of the task force is to develop a system for service delivery for individuals with head and/or spinal cord injuries and disabilities with similar needs and to develop recommendations on possible solutions to providing service delivery to these individuals.


SECTION 3. The task force shall:

(1) develop a specific plan for a coordinated approach to service delivery using the resources of both the public and private sectors, including designating a lead agency to assume primary responsibility for coordination of service delivery. The plan shall include the following components:

(a) define head and spinal cord injuries and similar disabilities included;

(b) design of a system for rehabilitation;

(c) identify financial resources such as Medicare/Medicaid to provide for appropriate needs;

(d) case management system;

(e) attendant care;

(f) transportation;

(g) education and employment;

(h) housing;

(i) community integration;

(j) information and referral;

(k) independent living services;

(l) prevention and education;

(m) therapies;

(2) explore the potential for expansion of Medicare or Medicaid, or both, and other financial services to address the needs of the head and/or spinal cord injured population and those with similar disabilities;

(3) design a system which addresses the issues of rehabilitation and the community integration of the head and/or spinal cord injured and those with similar disabilities;

(4) develop a plan for establishing a statewide head and/or spinal cord injury registry whose purpose would be to report the causes of head and/or spinal cord injuries and similar disabilities, improve data collection efforts, and follow the treatment of survivors;

(5) develop a system in which head and/or spinal cord injuries or similar disabilities would be required to be treated as a reportable injury until an accurate data base on incidences and prevalence can be established;

(6) recommend changes in the State law concerning safety and prevention including, but not limited to, motor vehicle traffic laws, equipment requirements, and public and personal safety devices and practices;

(7) review and prepare recommendations regarding education programs to inform the public about the causes of head and/or spinal cord injuries or similar disabilities, its prevention, and availability of rehabilitation services. The task force shall explore the possibility of more programs in the public schools (K through 12 and institutions of higher learning) promoting awareness of head and spinal cord injuries as a growing problem with the emphasis on head and spinal cord injuries as a part of the curriculum in medical school where appropriate;

(8) be divided into two subcommittees, one for the head injured, the other for the spinal cord injured.

Report to be submitted

SECTION 4. The task force shall submit its report to the General Assembly no later than July 1, 1992. On a presentation of this report, the task force ceases to exist.

Time effective

SECTION 5. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Approved the 27th day of May, 1991.