The South Carolina House Oversight Healthcare and Regulatory Subcommittee got an update earlier this week on a review of the state’s special needs agency.
Subcommittee Chair Phyllis Henderson, R-Greenville, said the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) study can be used a resource before the subcommittee makes any recommendations to improve the agency in the future.
“The Department of Disabilities and Special Needs has reviewed some regulations and determined that they should be amended,” she said.
The Department of Disabilities and Special Needs is the state agency which 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.
DDSN board members chose Mary Poole as the agency’s new executive director in June after previous director Beverly Buscemi resigned last year. DDSN has been criticized for its struggles to stop a growing number of abuse or neglect cases among its providers.
The report will be advanced to the full committee later this year.
“I want us to have a formal report to the House Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee as to this study and these recommendations,” Henderson said.
The agency’s mission is to assist people with disabilities and their families in meeting needs, pursuing possibilities and achieving life goals, and to minimize the occurrence and reduce the severity of disabilities through prevention.
The study looked at ways care is provided and its service providers to the agency’s clients.