State of South Dakota  

400T0360   SENATE BILL   NO.  21  

Introduced by:    The Committee on Health and Human Services at the request of the Department of Human Services

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to repeal and revise certain outdated provisions relating to the Department of Human Services.
    Section 1. That § 1-36A-8 be repealed.
    1-36A-8. The Department of Human Services shall, under the direction and control of the secretary of human services, perform all administrative functions except special budgetary functions (as defined in § 1-32-1) of the advisory committee on employment of people with disabilities, created by chapter 60-7.
    Section 2. That § 1-36A-10 be repealed.
    1-36A-10. The Board of Vocational Rehabilitation may promulgate rules for the Division of Rehabilitation Services in accordance with chapter 1-26 except for those functions reserved to the Department of Human Services by §§ 28-9-40 and 28-9-44. The board may advise the director of rehabilitation services in the development of state plans, policy related to the expenditure of federal and state funds and the coordination of planning and service delivery to individuals involved in vocational rehabilitation and independent living services. The board may

serve as an advocate for all individuals, with disabilities, needing vocational rehabilitation and independent living services within the state. The board may prepare an annual written report to the Governor.
    Section 3. That § 28-9-48 be repealed.
    28-9-48. The Governor's Advisory Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities shall promote and solicit employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities and conduct a public education program concerning the abilities of people with disabilities to live independently.
    Section 4. That § 28-9-49 be repealed.
    28-9-49. The committee is hereby authorized to accept any private contributions or public funds to assist in promoting the activities of this committee in carrying out its purpose.
    Section 5. That § 28-10-11 be amended to read as follows:
    28-10-11. Except as otherwise provided by law or as specified in the state plan agreement with the federal government, the following rehabilitation services shall be provided to individuals with a visual disabilities impairment based upon their economic need:

            (1)    Physical restoration;
            (2)    Transportation not provided to determine the eligibility of the individual for vocational rehabilitation services and the nature and extent of the services necessary;
            (3)    Occupational licenses;
            (4)    Customary occupational tools and equipment, excluding computer-related assistive technology devices needed to overcome visual disability as an impediment to employment for competitive employment purposes;
            (5)    Maintenance;
            (6)    Training books and materials; and
            (7)    Tuition and fees for participating in postsecondary academic training programs under the Federal Student Financial Assistance Program.