CHAPTER 9. HUMAN SERVICES.

§9-10-3. Administration of Fund; administrative fees; Fund use.

(a) The West Virginia Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Fund is subject to the annual appropriation of funds by the Legislature. The West Virginia Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Fund may receive any gifts, grants, contributions or other money from any source which is specifically designated for deposit in the Fund.

(b) All moneys collected, received and deposited into the State Treasury and credited to the West Virginia Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Fund shall be expended by the Secretary exclusively in accordance with the uses and criteria set forth in this article. Expenditures from this Fund for any other purposes are void.

(c) The Fund shall be administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources: Provided, That the Department may not charge a fee to administer the Fund.

(d) Nothing in this article may be construed to mandate funding for the Fund or to require any appropriation by the Legislature.

(e) Moneys in the Fund shall be used to pay for services that will increase opportunities for and enhance the achievement of functional independence, and a return to a productive lifestyle for individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury.

(f) Services that are eligible for payment by the Fund shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) Case management;

(2) Rehabilitative therapies and services;

(3) Attendant care;

(4) Home accessibility modifications;

(5) Equipment necessary for activities; and

(6) Family support services.

(g) Funds shall be expended according to the priorities and criteria for disbursement established by the secretary under section four of this article, and pursuant to legislative rules authorized in section five of this article.