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2017 Golden Palmetto Award

Lexington County

Pictured from left to right are: Rufus Britt, Interim Associate State Director, Operations, SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Thoyd Warren, Executive Director, Babcock Center, Inc., Debra Summers, Chairman, Lexington County Council, Gary Dobson, Board Chair, Babcock Center, Inc., and Pat Maley, Interim State Director, SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.


Williamsburg County

Pictured from left to right are: Rufus Britt, Interim Associate State Director, Operations, SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Rev. Franklin Fulmore, Sr., Williamsburg County Councilman, Jonathan Miller, Williamsburg County Councilman, Andy McKnight, Sr., Williamsburg County Councilman, W. B. Wilson, Williamsburg County Councilman, Stanley Pasley, Supervisor and Chairperson of Williamsburg County Council, Dr. Linwood Cooper, Chairman, Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, Faye Dozier, Executive Director, Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, Derrick Conyers, Consumer, Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, Donta Pressley, Consumer, Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, Arthur Tisdale, Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board Health Safety Coordinator, and Patrick Maley, Interim State Director, SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.



Medicaid Service Rate Increases

Effective for services provided on or after July 1, 2018, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) increased reimbursement for qualified Adult Day Health Care Services, Personal Care I, Personal Care II and Attendant Care providers by approximately 8 percent.


SCDDSN FY 2018 Provider Service Rate Increases


New State Director Announced

Mary Poole named DDSN state director

Mary Poole has been named state director for the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). The SC commission on disabilities and special needs voted unanimously today in support of her selection.

Ms. Poole will direct the SC 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. The state director is the agency’s chief executive. Appointed by the SC commission on disabilities and special needs, the state director has jurisdiction over five regional residential centers and all services provided through contracts with local disabilities and special needs boards and other service providers.

Ms. Poole has been working in the field of intellectual disabilities for over 25 years. She started her professional career as a third shift weekend direct care staff at an intermediate care facility in the upstate of South Carolina. She has been a service coordination supervisor, a residential director and a day program director at various agencies in South Carolina. Ms. Poole is the current executive director of Maxabilities of York county. She has a bachelor of science degree in sociology and a master of arts degree in business management. Ms. Poole served on the governor’s adoption and foster care task force, the SC Department of Health and Human Services final rule transition team and is one of the founding members and current chair of the SC disabilities service providers coalition. Ms. Poole and her husband are the proud parents of 10 children.




Coastal Center's James Moses is Employee of the year for DDSN

The SC Commission on Disabilities and Special Needs presented the Employee of the Year Award to James B. Moses of the Coastal Center in Summerville. Pictured are Commissioner Lorri P. Unumb, Commission Chairman Eva Ravenel, Becky Hill Coastal Center Facility Administrator, Wallace Hunter III, retired Chief Administrative Officer of the Day, Jameka Moses (James’ twin sister), and Commission Secretary Mary Ellen Barnwell.


Virginia Kirton is Midlands Center's Employee of the year

Pictured from left to right are South Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) Commission Chairman Eva Ravenel; Midlands Regional Center Facility Administrator Angela Wright; Midlands Regional Center Employee of the Year Virginia Kirton; and Commission Vice Chairman Gary C. Lemel.


Jerome Cooks is Pee Dee Center's Employee of the year

Pee Dee Regional Center Announces Employee of the Year. Pictured from left to right are Pee Dee Regional Center Facility Administrator John Hitchman; Employee of the Year Jerome Cooks; and South Carolina Commission on Disabilities and Special Needs Commissioner Samuel Broughton, Ph.D.


Janice Dickson is Saleeby Center Employee of the year

Pictured left to right are SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) Commission Chairman Eva Ravenel; Saleeby Center Administrator John Hitchmand; Saleeby Regional Center Employee of the Year Janice Dickson; Greg Dickson; Commissioner Lorri P. Unumb.


Jacqueline Williams is Whitten Center's Employee of the year

Jacqueline Williams was honored as Whitten Regional Center’s Employee of the Year 2017 at a recent South Carolina Commission on Disabilities and Special Needs meeting in Columbia. Pictured from left to right are Commission Chairman Eva Ravenel; Whitten Center Facility Administrator Randy Davis, Whitten Center Employee of the Year Jacqueline Williams; and Commissioner Chris Neeley.