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SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH
BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD INJURIES

In 1993, the Aiken County Board of Disabilities and Tri-Development Center changed their mission statements to include the provision of services and supports to people with brain and spinal cord injuries. This was in support of a statewide effort to develop, coordinate, and enhance the delivery of services to people with brain and spinal cord injuries. In 1994, the General Assembly for the first time appropriated limited funding to the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs to serve people through its Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Division. Services in Aiken County affected by these disabilities are provided on the basis of the availability of funds that are very limited. Waiting lists for services exist in our county, as throughout the state. To request determination of eligibility for service coordination and other forms of support, please see the section below entitled Applying for Services.

Priorities for services and supports include:

  • information and referral;
  • service coordination to directly assist an individual in accessing all appropriate public and private resources;
  • modifications to enable a person to better access his or her own home;
  • equipment and devices to facilitate greater independence;
  • personal assistance for essential activities of daily living; and
  • services and supports to improve functioning, increase productivity and promote self-determination.

Applying for Services

In Aiken County there is a lengthy waiting list of people who have requested determination of eligibility for service coordination and other assistance through the Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Division of the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. In order to shorten the waiting time, DDSN now contracts with the S.C. Services Information System (SCSIS) to provide a single point of intake and screening for all individuals who seek services through the HASCI Division. The screening protocol used by SCSIS staff also provides people with additional information and referral to other critical agencies, relevant resources, and consumer/family support organizations.

If you or a family member has severe disabilities as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and or spinal cord injury (SCI), you or the family member are encouraged to contact SCSIS and request to be screened for referral to the HASCI Division.

South Carolina Services Information System

Toll Free 1-800-922-1107

If you are a resident of Aiken County and are screened as appropriate for formal consideration of eligibility, you will be referred by SCSIS to us at the Aiken County Board of Disabilities. You will be notified by mail that such a referral has been made. The letter you receive will include the name and telephone number of the appropriate contact person here at the Aiken County Board of Disabilities. When necessary, a waiting list of screened individuals is maintained. People on such waiting lists are prioritized based upon referral date, urgency of needs, and whether services provided through the Aiken County Board of Disabilities and the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) can address the primary needs.

We at the Aiken County Board of Disabilities are responsible for initiating formal DDSN eligibility determination. If you are referred to us by SCSIS, you will be contacted directly by our staff and informed that such action is beginning. Unfortunately, however, it must be remembered that how soon this will happen depends on the length of any waiting list and the priority you received during the initial screening by SCSIS.

If there is a significant change in your condition or circumstances and you are already on our waiting list, you should again contact SCSIS and request another screening for referral to the HASCI Division. This may result in your having a different priority for formal eligibility determination by us at the Aiken County Board of Disabilities.

 


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For more information about the Aiken County Board of Disabilities, please contact us at any of the following:
Heather Waddell, hwaddell@aikenboard.org
Aiken County Board of Disabilities
P.O. Box 698 / Aiken, SC 29802-0698
803-642-8800 Voice / 803-642-8806 Fax

Last Updated On: February 5, 2007

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