The Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program (BSCIP) administers a statewide coordinated system of care to serve persons who have sustained moderate-to-severe traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injuries. The Program is mandated by Chapter 381, F.S., to provide eligible persons the opportunity to obtain the necessary rehabilitative services enabling them to be referred to a vocational rehabilitation program or to return to an appropriate level of functioning in their community.
The goals of the Program are as follows:
Through its statewide network of case managers, technicians and Children's Medical Services Nurse Care Coordinators, as well as its designated trauma, rehabilitation, and transitional living centers, the program coordinates access to and provision of acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, transitional living services, durable medical equipment, adaptive modifications to homes and vehicles, assistive services and technology, and long-term care services.
The individual must:
The Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program is the only publicly funded program devoted entirely to the rehabilitation, prevention, and research of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. All licensed hospitals and health care professionals in the state are required to report each incidence of moderate-to-severe traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to the Program’s Central Registry within 5 days of identification or diagnosis. As required by statute, the Program publishes an annual performance report that is submitted to the Legislature March 1 of each year. The annual report includes data collected through the Central Registry, such as: incidence, etiology, referral, acceptance and closure data; as well as revenue and expenditure data and reports on prevention and contractual efforts sponsored by the Program.
Chapters 381 and 413, FS.
Sections 381.739-.795, and 413.46.
The Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program is funded via its legislation through the Brain and Spinal Cord Program Trust Fund from fines levied for speeding, driving or boating under the influence, and surcharges on temporary license plates. The Program acts as a "payer of last resort," and relies heavily on third party payments and comparable benefits for provision of rehabilitation services. The Program is provided oversight by the 16 member Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Council.
The core components of Florida’s legislation include: