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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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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 aqui para ver el sitio web DDSN en español. Gracias

Special Information

DDSN FY 2018-2019 Budget Request Stakeholder Forum

Thinkfirst Injury Prevention Projects

The Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Division of South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) announces anticipated state funding for projects that will increase evidence-based ThinkFirst injury prevention efforts in our state. State and local non-profit organizations, consumer groups, and/or local DSN Boards are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Applications must be received by Monday, July 31, 2017. Faxed or E-mailed copies will not be accepted. One (1) original and three (3) copies of applications must be mailed or delivered to:
  • Melissa Ritter, Director
  • Head and Spinal Cord Injury Division
  • SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
  • 3440 Harden Street Extension, Suite 240
  • Post Office Box 4706
  • Columbia, South Carolina 29240

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

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.

Public Reporting of Provider Data

DHHS has received Initial Approval of their HCBS Statewide Transition Plan effective November 4, 2016.

**SC Statewide Transition Plan**       **CMS Approval Letter**

A copy of the Initial Approval is available on the CMS website at:

Please find 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 October 28, 2016.

PUBLIC NOTICE       SC Satewide Transition Plan

This information is also available on the SCDHHS HCBS website at:

Autism - Parent to Parent Support Program Study

Voting Rights for People with Disabilities in SC

Autism Services Guidance

New CMS Final Rule