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Department of Disabilities and Special Needs 



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

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

South Carolina is requesting comment on The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified State Plan. The review and public comment period will close on Friday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Information on how and where to submit comments is listed within the file. Please see the link below.

WIOA Unified State Plan: Request for Public Comment (PDF)

Autism Awareness Month

April is recognized as Autism Awareness month.  Autism Speaks has been asking families and businesses to participate in spreading awareness through the Light It Up Blue campaign.  Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism.  The DDSN Autism Division is asking you to support this campaign by wearing blue clothing each Thursday in April (7, 14, 21, and 28).

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. In the United States, Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed in 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

To learn more about Autism Awareness month and the Light It Up Blue campaign, click on these links:

Governor's Proclamation 2016 Disabilities Awareness Month

SC Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Statewide Transition Plan

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has now published the Public Notice of the SC HCBS Statewide Transition Plan CMS Submission along with a copy of the SC HCBS Statewide Transition Plan as revised and submitted to CMS on March 31, 2016.

Public Notice Link

Statewide Transition Plan - Final Submission

In June 2015, DDSN released a Request for Proposal (RFP) focusing on the development of new service models for semi-independent community living. This is part of DDSN’s ongoing effort to promote opportunities for individuals to experience greater levels of autonomy, responsibility and decision-making. Two proposals were received and DDSN recently issued an Intent to Award.

DDSN is anxious to receive more proposals to bolster its pledge to offer and provide alternative residential options for people we support. Your participation is welcomed. Please review the proposal by clicking on the link below. If you should have any questions about the solicitation, or would like to discuss ideas you have for new service models, please contact Ben Orner at (803) 898-3520.

CIRIS Residential Service Model Contract Solicitation

SCDHHS Public Notice ID/RD HCBS Proposal

Public Notice Proposal Draft

Webinar on the HCB Settings Quality Review

DHHS Link to the Proposal

SCDHHS Seeks Community Input on Residential and Day Programs

DHHS has received an extension for the submission of the proposal through December 2015.

Autism Services Guidance

New CMS Final Rule

SCDHHS MCAC Update to the Home and Community-Based Waiver programs

The latest information on how to protect your Identity following the Cyber Attack of the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

Under the new law, the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" will be stripped from DDSN policy, procedures, standards, and the like. "Intellectual disability" and "individual with an intellectual disability" will be inserted in their place. Likewise, the combination of "mental retardation or a related disability" (aka MR/RD) will be replaced with "intellectual disability or a related disability" (aka ID/RD). In addition to these language changes, the following term will be stripped from DDSN policy, procedures, standards, and the like: "Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Mental Retardation" (aka "ICF/MR"). "Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities" (aka ICF/ID) will be inserted in their place. These changes will occur as laws and documents come up for revision over these next several years. The language swap will not alter the rights of individuals with disabilities nor will it alter the diagnostic criteria or conditions required for DDSN eligibility or for federal or state benefits.

Please use the link below if you would like to view the DDSN website in Spanish:

(This translation is provided as an unofficial, non-binding aid only. The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs does not in any way guarantee the accuracy, completeness, appropriateness, appearance, function or any other aspect of the translated result.

Por favor haga clic aquí para ver el sitio web DDSN en español. Gracias