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Chief Sponsor: James R. Gowans

Senate Sponsor: Mike Dmitrich

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill creates the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund within the Department of Health.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    creates the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund within the Department of Health to be
             13      administered by the executive director;
             14          .    directs the executive director to create an advisory committee to make
             15      recommendations for expenditures from the fund;
             16          .    specifies duties and responsibilities for the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory
             17      Committee; and
             18          .    makes technical changes.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      ENACTS:
             25          26-49-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             26          26-49-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27          26-49-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             28          26-49-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             30      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             31          Section 1. Section 26-49-101 is enacted to read:

Part 1. General Provisions

             34          26-49-101. Title.
             35          This chapter is known as the "Traumatic Brain Injury Fund."
             36          Section 2. Section 26-49-102 is enacted to read:
             37          26-49-102. Definitions.
             38          As used in this chapter:
             39          (1) "Committee" means the advisory committee created by the executive director
             40      pursuant to Section 26-49-202 .
             41          (2) "Fund" means the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund created in Section 26-49-201 .
             42          Section 3. Section 26-49-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Traumatic Brain Injury Fund

             44          26-49-201. Traumatic Brain Injury Fund.
             45          (1) There is created a restricted special revenue fund entitled the Traumatic Brain Injury
             46      Fund.
             47          (2) The fund shall consist of:
             48          (a) gifts, grants, donations, or any other conveyance of money that may be made to the
             49      fund from private sources; and
             50          (b) additional amounts as appropriated by the Legislature.
             51          (3) The fund shall be administered by the executive director.
             52          (4) Fund monies may be used to:
             53          (a) educate the general public and professionals regarding understanding, treatment, and
             54      prevention of traumatic brain injury;
             55          (b) provide access to evaluations and coordinate short-term care to assist an individual
             56      in identifying services or support needs, resources, and benefits for which the individual may be
             57      eligible;

             58          (c) develop and support an information and referral system for persons with a traumatic
             59      brain injury and their families; and
             60          (d) provide grants to persons or organizations to provide the services described in
             61      Subsections (4)(a), (b), and (c).
             62          (5) Not less that 50% of the fund shall be used each fiscal year to directly assist
             63      individuals who meet the qualifications described in Subsection (6).
             64          (6) An individual who receives services either paid for from the fund, or through an
             65      organization under contract with the fund, shall:
             66          (a) be a resident of Utah;
             67          (b) have been diagnosed by a qualified professional as having a traumatic brain injury
             68      which results in impairment of cognitive or physical function; and
             69          (c) have a need that can be met within the requirements of this chapter.
             70          (7) The fund may not duplicate any services or support mechanisms being provided to
             71      an individual by any other government or private agency.
             72          (8) All actual and necessary operating expenses for the committee and staff shall be paid
             73      by the fund.
             74          (9) The fund may not be used for medical treatment, long-term care, or acute care.
             75          Section 4. Section 26-49-202 is enacted to read:
             76          26-49-202. Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee -- Membership -- Time
             77      limit.
             78          (1) On or after July 1 of each year, the executive director may create a Traumatic Brain
             79      Injury Advisory Committee of not more than nine members.
             80          (2) The committee shall be composed of members of the community who are familiar
             81      with traumatic brain injury, its causes, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and support services,
             82      including:
             83          (a) persons with a traumatic brain injury;
             84          (b) family members of a person with a traumatic brain injury;
             85          (c) representatives of an association which advocates for persons with traumatic brain

             86      injuries;
             87          (d) specialists in a profession that works with brain injury patients; and
             88          (e) department representatives.
             89          (3) The department shall provide staff support to the committee.
             90          (4) (a) If a vacancy occurs in the committee membership for any reason, a replacement
             91      may be appointed for the unexpired term.
             92          (b) The committee shall elect a chairperson from the membership.
             93          (c) A majority of the committee constitutes a quorum at any meeting, and, if a quorum
             94      exists, the action of the majority of members present shall be the action of the committee.
             95          (d) The committee may adopt bylaws governing the committee's activities.
             96          (e) A committee member may be removed by the executive director:
             97          (i) if the member is unable or unwilling to carry out the member's assigned
             98      responsibilities; or
             99          (ii) for good cause.
             100          (5) The committee shall comply with the procedures and requirements of:
             101          (a) Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act; and
             102          (b) Title 63, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act.
             103          (6) (a) Members shall receive no compensation or benefits for their services, but may
             104      receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the members' official duties at the
             105      rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             106          (b) Members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service.
             107          (7) Not later than November 30 of each year the committee shall provide a written
             108      report summarizing the activities of the committee to:
             109          (a) the executive director of the department;
             110          (b) the Health and Human Services Interim Committee; and
             111          (c) the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.
             112          (8) The committee shall cease to exist on December 31 of each year, unless the
             113      executive director determines it necessary to continue.


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