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Welcome to the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) Website. We are currently working to enhance our website by making it easier for you to navigate.

SCDDSN is the state agency that plans, develops, oversees and funds services for South Carolinians with severe, lifelong disabilities of intellectual disability, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and conditions related to each of these four disabilities. Our mission is to assist people with disabilities and their families in meeting needs, pursuing possibilities and achieving life goals, and to minimize the occurrence and reduce the severity of disabilities through prevention.

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Special Information

South Carolina House of Representatives Legislative Oversight Committee

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. - Room 110, Blatt Building (Department of Archives and History, Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and John de la Howe School)

Invitation for Public Testimony - Media Release

March 12, 2017 1:00 p.m. Blatt Building - Room 110 - Committee Agenda

On behalf of Dr. Buscemi, please see the important attached media release from the SC House Legislative Oversight Committee. This announces the availability of an online survey seeking citizens’ input on four state agencies, including DDSN, under study by the committee. Please share this information with others.

Online Survey

DDSN Provider Partners and Stakeholders Notification

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pleased to announce they have updated their website to include information regarding the PCG site visits. Please take a moment to review at If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Eifert at


The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) is currently implementing a new strategic plan for increasing and improving delivery of high quality services and supports to individuals eligible for services and their families.

One of the key strategic issues is the recruitment and retention of qualified employees. Direct care professionals and supervisors are extremely vital to the care and supervision of DDSN consumers. Reducing staff turnover, reducing the number of vacancies and reducing the length of time it takes to fill vacancies are all broad goals we need to achieve.

Participation in this survey will help us achieve our goals. Responses will be confidential, and answers cannot be traced back participants or the employer.

Start The Survey!

The survey will be available until February 16, 2017.

Thank you for your time, and participation!

Should you have any questions, please email Deirdre Blake-Sayers at

New Online Self-Serve Screening

Beginning December 1, 2016, SCDDSN will offer two (2) entry points for beginning the eligibility process.

  1. New: Online access to self-serve screening available at
  2. Continued Toll Free Access (1-800-289-7012)
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

SCDHHS will conduct a webinar and public meeting on the proposed waiver renewal and HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan for public comment:

CS Waiver Renewal Public Webinar Dec. 22, 2016, 10:30-11:30 a.m.


Written comments on the CS Waiver Renewal and the HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan may be sent to:
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • ATTN: Michelle Abney
  • Division of Community Options
  • Post Office Box 8206
  • Columbia, SC 29202-8206