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Types of DDSN Services Available

DDSN strives to serve all South Carolinians who are eligible for services and to ensure that services meet high standards.

The Department recognizes that existing programs or services may not always meet the needs of individuals with unique or multiple disabilities. Local DSN Boards and provider organizations are encouraged to be creative in developing supports and services to meet the needs of those people, especially those with a disability complicated by medical or behavioral needs.

Since someone with a disability often needs other services not related to their disability, the DDSN staff works with other federal, state and local service agencies to coordinate educational, medical, mental health, social, public health and housing services provided by these agencies.

Following are some examples of the kinds of services available from DDSN that often enable people with disabilities to remain in their own homes.   These support services include:

Early intervention is a family-focused, in home service for children from birth to age 6. An Early Interventionist helps families understand their child’s development and gives specific training to address areas of delay. Service Coordination is provided in accordance with an Individualized Family Service Plan. DDSN’s Early Intervention program serves children and families, some of whom are eligible for BabyNet in their own home or in the child’s natural environment.

Respite services provide temporary care to individuals, allowing families or caregivers to handle emergencies and personal situations or take a break. Respite may be provided in the individual/family home, a qualified caregiver’s home, regional center or other locations.

Individual and Family Support is available to assist individuals and families who incur additional expenses due to the individual’s disability.

Individualized summer services provide financial assistance for families whose family members with a disability attend activities selected by the person or the parents. Participants attend various types of summer activities, from traditional camps to highly individualized services and activities.

Individual Rehabilitation Support Services are available to those eligible under the Head and Spinal Cord Injury category. Services include interventions designed for each person to develop an enhanced capacity for independence, self-direction and participation in community activities. Supports include interventions intended to develop or restore functional abilities, personal identity, responsibility and self-direction. The services are provided in the person’s own community and home.

Employment Services provide assistance to obtain and sustain employment. This service enables people to earn wages and opportunities to interact with non-disabled workers. Supported employment includes job coaching and enclave and mobile work crew opportunities.

Adult Day Services provide a safe and healthy environment for people to develop social and personal care skills for more independent and productive lives. Participants may receive competitive wages for work.


Residential Services

Supported and Supervised Living Program Models provide adults with needed support in order for them to live in apartments, duplexes or other (single family) housing. Supervision and support services are tailored to the person’s needs.

Community Training Home (CTH) Models offer people the opportunity to live in a homelike environment under the supervision of qualified and trained staff.

Personalized care, supervision and individualized training are provided for no more than four people living in a home.

Caregivers are either trained private citizens who provide care in their own homes (CTH I), or employees who provide care in a home that is owned or rented by the provider organization (CTH II).

Community Intermediate Care Facilities/Intellectual Disability (ICF/IID) Residences These community residences off er a community living option to those people who need maximum support for their high levels of need. Twenty-four-hour care, supervision, training, recreation and other activities are provided in this structured environment.

Regional Residential Centers provide 24-hour care, supervision and treatment to DDSN’s most fragile consumers with the greatest need for support. Regional Center care is generally recommended only when all other appropriate community services are not available.

Genetic Services (not available from DDSN)

The Greenwood Genetic Center serves families who are at risk for having a child born with a genetic disease and families in which a child has already been diagnosed with a birth defect or a handicapping physical or mental disability. Services emphasize prevention and treatment programs, seeking to improve the quality of life all clients and their families.

Genetic Service Coordinators coordinate services at the regional level. Services are provided through a central clinic and laboratory in Greenwood and a network of satellite clinics across South Carolina.

For more information about genetic services, contact the appropriate regional genetic office or the central clinic.

Greenwood Genetic Center (Central Clinic)
1064 Gregor Mendel Circle 
Greenwood, SC 29646 
Phone: (864) 941-8100 
Toll-free: 1-888-GGC-GENE (442-4363) 
Fax: (864) 388-1077

Neural Tube Defect Prevention Hotline 
1-800-SOMEDAY (676-6332) Fax: (864) 388-1707

Regional Genetic Offices

Greenville Office

Serving residents of Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union, and York counties.

Phone: (864) 250-7944 (Genetic Service Coordinator)


Greenwood Office

Serving Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties and Whitten Center

Phone: (864) 229-5585 (Genetic Service Coordinator) 


Columbia Office

Serving Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Orangeburg, Richland/Lexington, counties and Midlands Center

Phone: (803) 799-5390 (Genetic Service Coordinator)


Florence Office

Serving Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Williamsburg counties and Pee Dee Center

Phone: (843) 248-8875 or toll free 877-248-8875 (Genetic Service Coordinator)


Serving Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Florence, Lee, Marlboro, Sumter and Saleeby Center

Phone: (843) 678-9090 or toll free 866-638-9090 (Genetic Service Coordinator)


Charleston Office

Serving Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper counties and Coastal Center

Phone: (843) 746-1001 (Genetic Service Coordinator)


Columbia Office

Toll-free: 1-800-679-5390

Fax: (803) 799-5391


• Greenville Office

Toll-free: 1-866-478-4363

Fax: (864) 250-9582


• Charleston Office

Toll-free: 1-866-588-4363

Fax: (843) 746-1002


• Florence Office

Contact the Genetic Service Coordinator above for your county.