The South Carolina Autism Society began providing service coordination to individuals with autism spectrum disorders on February 1, 2004 in five counties.
We now offer services to residents of Aiken, Anderson, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chester, Colleton, Dorchester, Fairfield, Georgetown, Greenville, Horry, Kershaw, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Spartanburg, and Sumter counties, and will eventually be offered to residents statewide. Statewide PDD waiver consumers, please contact us for available service coordination in your county.
The Choice is Yours
South Carolina is giving you the option of choosing who provides service coordination and other services.
We have a monthly coffee talk in each of our offices and several events throughout the year, such as an annual holiday party (with Santa!), a parents’ night-out while kids enjoy places like Fun-Zone (supervised by our staff), and number of trainings and workshops for parents and family members.
The Role of the Service Coordinator
The service coordinator helps you and your family get services or things your family may need.
- Provide an independent advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families
- Assist individuals with disabilities and their families with residential placement and day services
- Assist individuals with disabilities and their families in addressing needs and problems
- Assist individuals with disabilities and their families in finding and maintaining appropriate programs
- Monitor satisfaction
Eligibility for Services Persons who meet the following criteria are eligible to receive services.
- Certified by SCDDSN as meeting eligibility
- Have a need for service coordination services as documented by the consumer’s Single Plan or Individual Family Service Plan
- Does not reside in a group home licensed as an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR)
- Consumers or potential consumers (persons going through the eligibility process) of the Contractor
Service Coordination Mission Statement
- Identify and obtain needed services
- Monitor and evaluate services
- Construct lifelong plans
- Provide information and support
- Create and develop opportunities
- Coordinate resources
- Assure plan achievement
- Educate the broader community
- Advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities and what is in their best interest
If you need assistance in this process, or you just want to talk over a possible change, please contact our Director of Service Coordination, Kim Thomas, via email, or call (803)750-6988 or (800)438-4790. She will be glad to answer any questions.