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Central Registry

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program

Referrals may be called into the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program's (BSCIP) Central Registry toll free number or may be faxed to the program. Florida law (F.S. 381.74) 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. Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria and require services and supports to sustain their health and safety in the community may refer themselves to the BSCIP Central Registry. A BSCIP Case Manager or Children's Medical Services Nurse Care Coordinator representing the program will contact the reported individual within 10 working days. The case manager will work with the individual and family to determine program eligibility and provide information about federal, state, and community resources. When appropriate and necessary, an individual community reintegration plan may be developed and implemented.

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 our community-based partners. The program supports research in brain and spinal cord injuries at the University of Florida and the University of Miami.

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.

Central Registry Referral Form

Central Registry Referral Form Instructions


Central Registry Toll-Free Number: 1 (800) 342-0778
Central Registry Fax: (850) 410-1975