DHHS HCBS STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN
The South Carolina Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Statewide Transition Plan is going through a public comment period for revisions to the document to seek “final approval” status from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The comment period is Aug. 12-Sept. 13, 2019.
A webinar and three regional public meetings will be held to review the changes made to the plan, which outlines how South Carolina will meet the new standards for waiver services (specifically where services are provided) as required by CMS.
Comments on the Statewide Transition Plan may be submitted during the webinar, at a public meeting or in writing to:
Long Term Care
ATTN: Kelly Eifert, Ph.D.
South Carolina Department Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 8206
Columbia, South Carolina 29202-8206
Comments may also be submitted online: Submit Comments or Questions.
All comments must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 13, 2019.
Fairfield County Wins 2018 Golden Palmetto Award
Palmetto ABLE Savings Program
As of July 9, 2019, South Carolina's qualified ABLE program name has been changed to Palmetto ABLE Savings Program (PDF).
Fragile X Awareness Day Ceremony
SC Governor Henry McMaster is declaring July 22 National Fragile X Awareness Day in South Carolina.
July 22, 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
SC Statehouse Lobby
Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Division
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 Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Faxed or E-mailed copies will not be accepted. One (1) original application 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
HCBS Webinars June 5&7
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) and the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) hosted webinars on June 5 & 7 concerning the draft Home and Community-Based (HCB) Settings Quality Review Process. The Quality Review Process is for SCDDSN-contracted settings that have been identified as potentially eligible for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) heightened scrutiny process that can overcome “presumed institutional nature” due to co-location through programming, operation and/or reasonable environmental modifications. The webinar presentation is now available, HCBS Rule Work Group Meeting. For more information on the HCBS Rule Work Group, see SC DHHS Website.
City Of Aiken Wins 2018 Silver Palmetto Award
Brain Injury Awareness Month
March, 2019 is Brain Injury Awareness Month
By Proclamation of South Carolina Govenor Henry McMaster (PDF)
Disabilities Awareness Month
March, 2019 is Disabilities Awareness Month
By Proclamation of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (PDF)
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.
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.