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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The Autism Division of SCDDSN asks you to:
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 Autism Division of SC DDSN is asking you to support this campaign by wearing blue clothing each
Thursday in April (6, 13, 20, and 27).
Did you know ...
- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism; 1 in 42 boys
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
To learn more about Autism Awareness month and the Light It Up Blue campaign, click on these links:
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 2, 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.
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 https://msp.scdhhs.gov/hcbs/site-page/pcg-hcbs-site-visits
. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Eifert at Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Online Self-Serve Screening
Beginning December 1, 2016, SCDDSN will offer two (2) entry points for beginning the eligibility process.
- New: Online access to self-serve screening available at
- 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
- Comments may also be electronically submitted to email@example.com.
- All comments must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 20, 2017.
Public Notice CS Waiver 121916 DRAFT CS Waiver Renewal Document
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: https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/hcbs/transition-plan/index.html
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: https://msp.scdhhs.gov/hcbs/site-page/hcbs-statewide-transition-plan
Autism - Parent to Parent Support Program Study
Voting Rights for People with Disabilities in SC
Autism Services Guidance
New CMS Final Rule
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