SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Columbia, South Carolina

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL HEALTH DIRECTIVE NO. 747-91
(3-100)

TO:               All Organizational Components

SUBJECT:   Patients' Social Security Benefits

 

It is the policy of the Social Security Administration and the South Carolina Department of Mental Health to encourage a reasonable level of spending for personal needs by patients for whom the Department receives benefits. It is requested that patients and employees be made aware of the permissible uses of Social Security funds and of the Department's policy concerning patient funds. Any questions regarding Social Security benefits should be referred to Patients' Personal Affairs, telephone number 734-7610.

Acceptable uses for Benefit Spending:
Note: This listing is not all inclusive nor restrictive.

Personal grooming and care articles
Examples: deodorants, shaving lotion, talcum powder, cosmetics, special soap, hair spray, hair brushes, shampoo, and wash cloths.

Recreational items and equipment
Examples: magazine or newspaper subscriptions, plants, radios, television sets. records, and books.

Supplies and equipment for occupational therapy
Examples: materials for metal or leather working, needlework, and furniture making.

Personal clothing
Examples: all usual articles of clothing, slippers, bed jackets, orthopedic shoes, support hosiery, gloves, hats, and scarves.

Special medical equipment
Examples: wheelchairs, walkers, special geriatric chairs, eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids, and other medical expenses. Note: durable medical equipment purchases must be approved by Central Office.

Miscellaneous items
Examples: fruit, candy, tobacco, home visits, relatives' visits, insurance premiums, taxes, pens, stationery, etc.

Please post this directive in a prominent location in each patient care area.

This directive supersedes Directive No. 360-75.

 

                                                                                    Joseph Bevilacqua
                                                                                          Joseph J. Bevilacqua, Ph.D.
                                                                           State Commissioner of  Mental Health

March 12, 1991