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Florida Program Aids Those With Brain And Spinal Injuries

Florida residents who sustain a moderate-to-severe traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injury can look to the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program to help them and their families obtain the necessary services and medical treatment.

Administered by the Florida Department of Health, the BSCIP is funded through a percentage of traffic related fines, surcharges for driving or boating under the influence, fees on temporary license tags, and a percentage of fees from the motorcycle specialty tag.

The BSCIP general program provides direct case management and resource facilitation as its primary services. This is accomplished by employing a statewide system of case managers and rehabilitation technicians.

Services include: case management, acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, transitional living, assistive technology, home and vehicle modifications, nursing home transition facilitation; and long-term supports for survivors and families through contractual agreements with community-based agencies.

Florida Statutes require that an individual must be a legal Florida resident who has sustained a moderate -to-severe traumatic brain or spinal cord injury meeting the state’s definition of such injuries.

For brain injury the state definition is an injury to the skull, brain or its covering, resulting from external trauma, which produces an altered state of consciousness or anatomic, motor, sensory, cognitive or behavioral deficit.

The state definition for spinal cord injury is a lesion to the spinal cord or cauda equina resulting from external trauma with evidence of significant involvement of two of the following-motor deficit, sensory deficit, or bowel and bladder dysfunction.

The patient must also be referred to the BSCIP Central Registry and must be medically stable to be eligible for services. Florida law requires that all hospitals, attending physicians, public, private, or social agencies refer all new traumatic moderate-to-severe brain or spinal cord injuries to the Central Registry.

There must also be a reasonable expectation that with the provision of appropriate services and supports, the person can return to a community-based setting, rather than reside in a skilled nursing facility.

The BSCIP supports two comprehensive statewide resource centers. These centers maintain information on the most up-to-date information pertaining to brain and spinal cord injury, assistive technology, medical, social and financial resources, and other information. They provide linkages to related initiatives and specific information to help individuals and their families cope with injury and its aftermath.

The BSCIP also supports prevention and education activities through contracts with its community-based partners. The program supports research in brain and spinal cord injuries at the University of Florida and the University of Miami.

It expands its services by funding a contract with the Brain Injury Association of Florida and the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association. Other services are provided through working relationships with the Florida Centers for Independent Living and the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

For those individuals eligible for Medicaid and needing lifetime supports, the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program also provides home and community-based services for individuals who are at risk of nursing home placement.

The purpose of the waiver is to provide Medicaid eligible individuals who meet the state definition of brain and spinal cord injury and who meet nursing home level of care with the long-term community-based services and supports required to live safely and independently in the community. The annual cost is not to exceed that of skilled nursing placement.

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