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At the Richland/Lexington Disabilities and Special Needs Board you will find people who enjoy providing services to people with disabilities. Day in and day out they work to help individuals find the services they need to live better, more fulfilling lives.

Services are based on need and availability of resources. An individual could be in need of many services and supports. However, it may not be possible to receive the service or support because of waiting lists or funding constraints.

Services available at or through Rich/Lex DSNB:

  • Early Intervention (Step Ahead) - Early Intervention is a family directed program that provides services designed to intervene at the early stages of an infant or toddler's development to help them to reach their developmental potential.

  • Case Management - Case Management is designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs to access the full array of services and supports needed. Through Support Plan development, a Case Manager will identify needs and resources. The Case Manager will work with the consumer and/or the family to meet those needs identified and monitor the provision of services.

  • Respite - Respite provides relief on a short-term basis for those normally providing care to a person with a disability or special need. Respite can be used to prevent or relieve stress or to help families resolve a crisis.

  • Family Support Stipend - Family Support Funding is to provide assistance to families in caring for a SCDDSN eligible person in order to avoid out-of-home placement. If not for these resources or services the individual is at risk of out-of-home placement. The funding is directed toward consumers or families who can care for themselves at home, but incur additional expenses due to the disability and not for any consumer residing in any SCDDSN residential facilities. This funding is used for needs that are not incurred routinely by families with non-disabled members. (based on income) For the exact policy regarding these funds please see the website of the SC Departement of Disabilities and Special Needs (Directive 734-01-DD).

  • BEAPĀ  (the Back-up Emergency Attendant Care Program) - Specialized support and personal care assistance are available through the Head and Spinal Cord Injury Waiver (HASCI) to students with physical disabilities attending the University of South Carolina's Columbia campus and to HASCI wavier participants living in their own home. If a participants regularly scheduled attendant is unable to keep their appointment our Back-up Attendant Care Project will provide the attendant care to help to meet the need.

  • Medicaid Waivers - Intellectual Disability and Related Disabilities (ID/RD) Waiver, Community Supports (CS) Waiver, Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Waiver, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) Waiver (link for more information)

  • Residential Services - Residential supports offer our consumers the opportunity to experience a more independent life. There are many types of residential options available to meet the varying level of care needed by our consumers. These options are located throughout the community.

  • Center-Based Day Services
    -Day Activity and Community Supports: These services focus on enabling the individual to attain or maintain his maximum functional level. These services can help to reinforce skills or lessons taught at school, therapy or other settings.
    -Career Prep: These services are aimed at preparing a person for paid or unpaid employment.
    -Employment Services: This service consists of paid employment for persons for whom employment at or above minimum wage is unlikely, and who, because of their disability, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting.

  • Prevention and Genetic Services - This service is available to identify the cause of the disability, to provide appropriate counseling and guidance to the individual/family and to be available for consultation with the primary care physician.
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