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Continuum of Care, South Carolina Department of Administration
Petra Clay-Jones ACSW, LISW-CPS, Executive Director
Contact: (803) 734-4500

The Continuum of Care (COC) was established by the South Carolina legislature in 1983. The mission of COC is to ensure continuing development and delivery of appropriate services to those children with the most severe and complex emotional or behavioral health challenges whose needs are not being adequately met by existing services and programs. In order to carry out this mission, the COC provides intensive care coordination through a care planning process called Wraparound. Wraparound is a team based approach to caring for families with complicated needs. COC ensures the special needs of our families are met by augmenting existing resources to create a full-service array that ensures our youth have access to services and supports needed in order to be served in their homes and communities.

South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
Sara Goldsby, MSW, MPH, Director
Contact: (803) 896-5557

The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) is the South Carolina government agency charged with ensuring quality services to prevent or reduce the negative consequences of substance use and addictions.  DAODAS coordinates a statewide system of local substance abuse agencies that provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
Dr. Beverly A.H. Buscemi, State Director
Contact:  (803) 898-9600

The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) is the state agency that plans, develops, coordinates and funds services for South Carolinians with the severe, lifelong disabilities of:  intellectual disability and related disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and similar disability.  DDSN provides services to the majority of eligible individuals in their home communities through contracts with local service-provider agencies. Many of these agencies are called Disabilities and Special Needs (DSN) Boards, and they serve every county in South Carolina. There are also other qualified service providers available in many locations around the state.  DDSN also provides 24-hour care for individuals with more complex, severe disabilities in Regional Centers, located in Columbia, Florence, Clinton, Summerville and Hartsville. DDSN directly oversees the operation of these facilities, which are managed by a facility administrator.

South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Deirdra T. Singleton, Acting Director
(803) 898-2580

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is a cabinet agency of the South Carolina Governor’s Office. The SCDHHS is the single state agency designated to administer the South Carolina Medicaid program, called Healthy Connections, under Title XIX of the Social Security Act. The agency is responsible for determining Healthy Connections Medicaid eligibility for all coverage groups and paying claims on behalf of its members. Through Healthy Connections Medicaid, SCDHHS concentrates on better care, better value and better health for South Carolinians.

Healthy Connections Medicaid is a medical assistance program that helps pay for some or all medical bills for many people who may be able to afford health services. The program also assists individuals who are over 65, or who have a disability, with the costs of nursing facility care and other medical expenses. Eligibility is usually based on applicants' income and assets.

South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
Freddie Pough, Acting Director
Contact: (803) 896-9749

The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is a state cabinet agency, and by law, it is also a treatment and rehabilitative agency for the state's juveniles. DJJ is responsible for providing custodial care and rehabilitation for the state’s children who are incarcerated, on probation or parole, or in community placement for a criminal or status offense. DJJ's goal is to protect the public and reclaim juveniles through prevention, community programs, education, and rehabilitative services in the least restrictive environment possible.

South Carolina Department of Mental Health  
John H. Magill, State Director  
Contact:  (800)763-1024 or (803) 898-8581

The South Carolina Public Mental Health System was the third established in the US and has been providing care for 180 years. The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH) serves to lessen the impact of serious mental illness or serious emotional and behavioral disorders to approximately 102,000 citizens with mental illness, including 33,000 children and adolescents each year. SCDMH has a long history of the promotion and use of evidenced based/blue ribbon practices and approaches to care.

South Carolina Department of Social Services
V. Susan Alford, State Director
Contact:  (803) 898-7601

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