Several types of family services are available:
Respite care is short term relief support offered to eligible consumers and their families.If it is not an emergency situation, it is "pre-planned" short term care arranged through the consumer's service coordinator or early intervention case worker. Respite care is consumer/family driven as the individual and family select their own care provider(s).Services are contingent on available funding and available only to consumers who are eligible under the intellectual/related disabilities category of services. Consumers who are "At Risk" or "High Risk" are not eligible for Respite Care after the age of three.
Family support service stipends involve the availability of short-term or one-time financial assistance vouchers to consumers and their families to assist in offsetting the costs of care items related to the individuals' disability. This may include such things as catheters, assistive technology items, and durable medical equipment. Use of this service is contingent on available funding.
Summer support services are designed for consumers between the ages of 0 - 21 who require care, after school support, summer camp opportunities, etc. during the summer break period. Summer supports are offered in the form of summer support vouchers that allow families and individuals to arrange their own care and select their own provider.Services are contingent on available funding.
Service Coordination assists with eligibility and with the development of individual plans for needed services.
Early Intervention serves children ages birth to 3 years who appear to have developmental disabilities.
Family Supports provide a variety of services to families who care for disabled individuals.
Day programs provide training for employment and training in daily living skills for individuals who attend the program during the day.
Job Coach is designed to place and support individuals in competitive employment.
Residential services are for those individuals determined to be in critical circumstances.
Medicaid Waiver is a funding source for some services for persons with an intellectual/related disability. For information on eligibility and services visit the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs website.Please note that some programs have lengthy waiting lists.
KCBDSN provides Community Support Waiver Services. The purpose of the Community Supports Waiver is to serve people with intellectual (mental retardation) or related disabilities in the community, whose waiver service needs will not exceed the individual cost limit set forth in the waiver. It also offers opportunities for individuals to self-direct certain services if they choose.Services that can be accessed under Community Supports Waiver are listed.
~ Adult Day Health Care/Nursing/Transportation
~ Personal Care I/II
~ Bahavior Support Services
~ Day Activity
~ Career Preparation
~ Community Services
~ Employment Services
~ Support Center Services
~ In-Home Supports
~ Psychological Services
~ Environmental Modifications
~ Private Vehicle Modifications
~ Specialized Medical Supplies, Equipment, Assistive Technology and Appliances
For more information contact our Case Management/Service Coordination Department at 803-432-4841 Ext.104 or ext 112.
If you or a family member believes you have intellectual disability, please call 803-432-4841 x105 or DDSN toll-free 1-800-289-7012, between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Someone will assist you through the process of determining if the individual qualifies for DDSN Services.
If you or a family member believes you have autism spectrum disorder, please call 803-432-4841 x105 or DDSN call toll-free 1-800-289-7012, between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Someone will assist you through the process of determining if the individual qualifies for DDSN Services.If the applicant meets screening criteria, you will be contacted and offered choice of Intake provider.The Intake Provider’s primary job is to gather the information necessary for DDSN to determine if the individual is eligible for services.
If you or a family member has a disability resulting from traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury or both, or a similar disability, contact DDSN Screening at 1-800-289-7012. Please refer to the HASCI section for additional information.
If your family member is 36 months of age or younger, please call 803-432-4841 x105 or call the local First Steps Office at (803) 432-7756.
You can also call Babynet
After someone has been referred and the intake has been sent to the appropriate or local agency, someone from the local office will contact you regarding the referral. You will be asked to sign several forms and we will begin the records request process. These records are very important to the eligibility process and all records and information are kept confidential. Sometimes it may be necessary for us to require additional information such as a psychological evaluation to determine IQ scores. One must have an IQ and Adaptive score less than 70 to be considered intellectually disabled but all referrals are considered on a case by case basis. When we have all of the necessary information, it is put together into a packet and sent to the Consumer Assessment Team (CAT) in Columbia for consideration. The team of professionals including a Psychologist and a Nurse make the determination and inform the local agency. You will be informed as soon as the information has been received. You do have the right to appeal and that information will be given to you at that time if necessary.
Please Note: Being approved for South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) eligibility does not guarantee that specific services will be received as these will be dependent upon documentation of the need and availability of a program or service or availability of a program/service opening. In the absence of a program/service opening individuals may be placed on a waiting list for that program/service. Furthermore, if approved for SCDDSN eligibility, and there is a need for placement in a SCDDSN-sponsored residential setting, such a placement will depend upon demonstration of a need for placement and upon the availability of a bed in a SCDDSN-sponsored residential setting most appropriate to the consumer’s need. SCDDNS may bill private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and/or any other third party payer for any covered services provided by SCDDSN and no family member or legar guardian will be held responsible for cost not covered by that payer