Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 3067Ratification Number: 126Act Number: 180Primary Sponsor: WilderType of Legislation: JRSubject: Head and/or Spinal Cord Injury Task ForceDate Bill Passed both Bodies: May 07, 1991Computer Document Number: 3067Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: May 27, 1991Introduced Date: Jan 08, 1991Date of Last Amendment: Apr 24, 1991Last History Body: ------Last History Date: May 27, 1991Last History Type: Act No. 180Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Wilder Baxley Manly Mattos Barber Wright Corning Jaskwhich McTeer Vaughn Sharpe Whipper RamaType 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 Senate 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 CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A180, R126, H3067)
A JOINT RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE TO DEVELOP A SYSTEM FOR SERVICE DELIVERY FOR PERSONS WITH HEAD AND/OR SPINAL CORD INJURIES IN THIS STATE AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE MEMBERSHIP, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TASK FORCE.
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;
(g) education and employment;
(i) community integration;
(j) information and referral;
(k) independent living services;
(l) prevention and education;
(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.
SECTION 5. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 27th day of May, 1991.