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Where We Deliver Services

In Local Communities

DDSN provides services to the majority of eligible individuals in their home communities through contracts with local service-provider agencies. Many of these agencies are called Disabilities and Special Needs (DSN) Boards, and they serve every county in South Carolina. There are also other qualified service providers available in many locations around the state.

In-State Regional Centers

DDSN also provides 24-hour care for individuals with more complex, severe disabilities in Regional Centers, located in Columbia, Florence, Clinton, Summerville and Hartsville. DDSN directly oversees the operation of these facilities, which are managed by a facility administrator.

How We Deliver Services

Each local DSN Board serves as the initial entry point into the DDSN system. The DSN Board, or the Information and Referral System for persons suspected of having a head or spinal cord injury, will first screen an applicant to determine if an eligibility packet should be completed and sent to DDSN. At this point, the applicant can choose from a list of qualified service coordination or early intervention providers to assist them in the eligibility determination process.

Once a person becomes eligible for DDSN services, the Service Coordinator determines what level of service coordination the consumer will receive, based upon the assessed needs. As applicable, the Service Coordinator works with the consumer and his/her family and friends to develop a Person-Centered Plan to address the needs identified and to monitor the implementation of the plan.

The consumer’s Person-Centered Plan is built on a person’s strengths, interests and talents, and it targets assistance to achieve results in the person’s life. Consumers and others evaluate the actual result of and satisfaction with the services and supports he or she is receiving. If an individual is satisfied with the services and supports he or she is receiving, he or she can choose not to change them. If the person desires, for whatever reason, he/she may select another qualified provider.

The gifts and positive abilities of the people we serve are the focus of the Person-Centered approach used by DDSN and its local service providers. This state-of-the-art service delivery approach gives consumers and their families the power to use the resources allocated to them in a way that makes sense in their lives. They set goals and develop a plan that identifies the services and supports they want and need, and within available resources, select who will provide these services. This service delivery approach allows consumers and their families more choice and control over the services and supports they receive.

How Our Services Are Funded

Programs for people with severe, lifelong disabilities and special needs are funded through state, federal and local governments. State funding is key to both federal and local resources. DDSN makes every effort to ensure that government leaders at every level are well informed about the needs of people with disabilities and special needs.

Local, county and municipal governments benefit from jobs created and dollars spent in communities for DDSN programs. DDSN encourages local governments to share financial responsibility for providing services to local citizens, and at the same time DDSN assures services are available statewide.