How to Get Services
To receive any of the services offered by the Charles Lea Center, you must have an open case with the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN). Once you have an open case, a Case Manager of your choice will help you navigate through the services offered and enroll you in the best program for your needs.
Applying For Services
The first step in starting services is to contact the SC DDSN, which provides services for children and adults with severe, lifelong disabilities.
There are seven distinct categories of eligibility:
To be eligible for SC DDSN services, you must reside in South Carolina and be confirmed by SC DDSN to meet criteria.
If you, or a loved one, are interested in having a Case Manager and an open case with SC DDSN, call one of the following appropriate intake numbers and then follow the process outlined below.
Call and leave a message indicating your desire to open a case.
A representative will call back within a few days and complete an over-the-phone screening. If the screening supports preliminary eligibility, a Care Coordinator will be assigned to complete the intake process. During this screening, be prepared to spend about 15 minutes on the call and answer the following:
If the person is found eligible, their records will be forwarded to the Case Manager of your choice.