The federal Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 mandated that each state establish an advisory board within the appropriate department of the state. Advisory boards established under the TBI Act “shall advise and make recommendations to the state on ways to improve services coordination regarding traumatic brain injury. Such advisory boards shall encourage citizen participation through the establishment of public hearings and other types of community outreach programs. In developing recommendations under this paragraph, such boards shall consult with federal, state, and local governmental agencies and with citizens groups and other private entities”.
Through efforts supported by two grants from HRSA, the South Carolina TBI State Advisory Committee was organized and, as it grew and continued to thrive, was renamed the South Carolina Brain Injury Leadership Council (SCBILC).