A Resource Guide for South Carolinians with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)


Service Coordination and Related Services

Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Division
Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN)
PO Box 4706
Columbia, SC 29240
803-898-9798 (HASCI Division);
1-866-867-3864 (Toll free Information and Referral)

The HASCI division of DDSN provides services to individuals with head and spinal cord injuries. Services provided may include service coordination, information and referral, home modifications and assistive technology, personal assistance, and services and support to improve functioning, increase productivity, and promote self-determination. To apply for services through the HASCI division, please contact DDSN Screening at 1-800-289-7012 or start self-screening at:

Depending on the severity of their disability, children and young adults with a brain injury before age 22 may receive services through the Intellectual Disability and Related Disabilities (ID/RD) Division of DDSN. Use the same application process as for HASCI by calling 1-800-289-7012 or start self-screening at: http://www.ddsn.sc.gov/apply/Pages/default.aspx. Any child who is less than 36 months of age and has a brain injury should apply for services through First
Steps/BabyNet at 1-877-621-0865.

During the application process, individuals or their guardians should state their preference for HASCI or ID/RD services. This preference is considered by the
evaluation team, however, the current functioning level of the child as documented in assessments, evaluations, and medical/school records may ultimately determine
whether the child is found eligible under HASCI or ID/RD. Individuals who qualify for the ID/RD Division may be eligible for additional services which are not generally
available to HASCI clients. These services include residential habilitation and behavioral support services.

Medicaid Waiver Services Provided Through DDSN

Individuals up to age 65 who are Medicaid eligible and require the level of care provided in a nursing home or Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual
Disability (ICF/ID) may be eligible for the HASCI Medicaid waiver. Services provided under the waiver may include attendant care and personal assistance services, respite
care, some nursing care, prescribed drugs, specialized supplies and adaptations, communication therapy, psychological and behavioral services, Personal Emergency
Response System, residential and day habilitation, physical and occupational therapy, prevocational services, and supported employment. The HASCI waiver does NOT
provide housing, room and board, general supervision or 24-hour care. Individuals who are interested in the Medicaid waiver should request waiver services
through their service coordinator or when applying for services through the HASCI Division.

Statewide and National Brain Injury Associations

Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
121 Executive Center Drive, Ste. 135, Columbia, SC 29210
Phones: 803-731-9823 Toll Free: 1-877-TBI-FACT (in-state)
Fax: 803-681-0096
Executive Director’s email: jdavis.biasc@gmail.com
Outreach Coordinator’s email: bspaulding.biasc@gmail.com

Brain Injury Association of America
1608 Spring Hill Road, Suite 110
Vienna, VA 22182
1-800-444-6443 (National Brain Injury Information Center)
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and its affiliates across the country work to promote help, hope and healing for people with brain injury, family members and those that are affected by brain injury. BIAA offers a toll free National Brain Injury Information Center (800-444-6443), which people can contact to get access to
information about brain injury and local resources. BIAA offers a quarterly newsletter, THE Challenge! both in print and electronically through the BIAA website. BIAA also offers educational opportunities for both family members and professionals through a variety of webinar series offered throughout the year. Contact with BIAA’s state
affiliates is available through the BIAA website: http://www.biausa.org/stateaffiliates.htm.

SC Brain Injury Support Groups

(If additional contact information about a local support group is needed, contact Brain Injury Association of SC)

Aiken Support Group-CSRA Dream Catchers “Central Savannah River Area” Support Group Meeting

Place: Vincent Village in North Augusta in the Club House 218 West Five Notch Road, North Augusta, SC
Meeting Time: 1st Monday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Contact Person: Les Paul Morgan; Email: mycometpatrol@bellsouth.net
Phone: 866-793-3407 or 803-279-9611
Contact Person: Cyndy Milstead-Anzek; Email: cmilstead@waltonoptions.org
Phone: 803-279-9611 https://www.facebook.com/groups/csradreamcatchers/

Anderson, Oconee, Pickens (AOP) Brain Injury Support Group and Recreation Group Support Group Meeting

Place: AnMed Rehab Hospital1 Springback Way, Anderson, SC
Meeting Time: 2nd Monday of each month, 12 noon
Quarterly Support Group Meeting Place: Anderson County Disabilities and Special Needs Board
214 McGee Road, Anderson, SC
Meeting Time: 2nd Mondays in March, June, September, December, 5:30 p.m.
Recreational Group Meeting Place: AnMed Rehab Hospital
1 Springback Way, Anderson, SC
Meeting Time: Every Monday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Richard DuBose; Email: rndubose@gmail.com
Contact Person: Candy Jones; Email: candyjones@acdsnb.org;
Phone: 864-260-4529 http://aoptbi.weebly.com

Charleston-Trident Head Injury Support Group

Support Group Meeting Place: Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, 2095 Henry Tecklenburg Drive, Charleston, S.C., 29414-5733 Mall Classroom #1
Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Contact Person: Robert Durland Sr. Email: thisgsc@gmail.com Phone: 843-822-1967

Conway/Myrtle Beach-Brain Injury Support Group of the Grand Strand Support Group

Meeting Place: New Horizons Center
150 Waccamaw Medical Park Court, Conway, SC
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of each month, 12 noon (pot luck lunch & meeting)
Contact Person: Ellen Leftwich; Email: leftwich@sccoast.net Phone: 843-349-7250

Columbia Brain Injury Support Group

Support Group Meeting Place: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
2935 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC Thomas Norris Educational Conference Center (across from the cafeteria)
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Contact Person: Janet Hinson; Email: jhinson789@aol.com Phone: 803-788-5696
Contact Person: Robert Hinson; Email: rhinson18@aol.com Phone: 803-206-0945

Greenville Brain Injury Support Group

Support Group Meeting Place: HASCI (Head and Spinal Cord Injury) Resource Center
Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board McAlister Square, Suite B-6, 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC
Meeting #1: Survivor, Family, and Friends
Meeting Time: 1 st Tuesday of most months, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Meeting #2: Caregivers/Parents Group
Meeting Time: TBD- please contact one of the contact names below for more information.
Contact Person: Anne and Richard Medlock; Email: greenvilletbi@gmail.com Phone: 864-230-7821 and 864-230-7820
Contact Person: Kay Brooks; Email: Kbrooks@gcdsnb.org Phone: 864-679-2400 x3711

Greenwood Brain Injury Support Group

Support Group Meeting Place: Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Gardenia Room
1530 Parkway Greenwood, SC 29646
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of each month, 11:30 am- 1pm
Contact Person: Alpana Pednekar; Email: alpanapednekar@ernesthealth.com Phone: 864-330-1819; 864-330-1800
Contact Person: Joyce Davis; Email: jdavis.biasc@gmail.com Phone: 1-877-TBI-FACT
Hartsville Brain Injury Support Group
Support Group Meeting Place: Hartsville Memorial Library
147 W. College Avenue, Hartsville, SC
Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Danny Weaver; Email: weav2206@bellsouth.net Phone: 843-861-5413

Rock Hill Brain Injury Support Group Support Group Meeting

Place: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
1795 Frank Gaston Blvd., Rm 200, Rock Hill, SC
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Susan Mace; Email: smace94@aol.com
Contact Person: BIASC; Email: jdavis.biasc@gmail.com
Phone: 803-731-9823

Spartanburg/Lyman Brain Injury Support Group Support Group

Meeting Place: Bryant Center
SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department 180 Groce Road, Lyman, SC
Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Tanya Lambert; Email: tlambert1@scvrd.state.sc.us
Phone: 864-249-8048 or 864-249-8030
Contact Person: Nickole Gilliam; Email: ngilliam@scvrd.state.sc.us
Phone: 864-249-8043 or 864-249-8030

**If there is no active support group listed in your community and you are interested inhaving one to attend, please contact BIASC. Contact Person: Joyce Davis; Email: jdavis.biasc@gmail.com Phone: 803-731-9823


Vocational Assistance

SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department (Statewide)Main Office:
1410 Boston Avenue
West Columbia, South Carolina, 29171-0015
803-896-6500 (Voice)
803-896-6553 (TTY)
1-800-832-7526 (Toll free)

The SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department’s Brain Injury program helps individuals identify barriers to employment and develop behavioral and compensatory strategies to improve their work-related performance. All participants receive a comprehensive evaluation including vocational and psychological assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional guidance, and exercise and fitness instruction. Based on the results of the evaluation as well as feedback from the client and family members, a behavioral management and vocational plan is developed.

Independent Living Assistance

Centers for Independent Living are private, non-profit, consumer-controlled entities that provide nonresidential and non-medical Independent Living (IL) services for people of all ages with all types of disabilities. The following services are offered: advocacy, teaching of independent living skills, peer counseling, advocacy, and information & referral in counties in South Carolina.

Able South Carolina (serving 23 counties in the Midlands and Upstate SC: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Clarendon, Calhoun, Fairfield , Greenville, Greenwood Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens Richland, Saluda Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, York)
Columbia Office:
136 Stonemark Lane, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29210
1-800-681-6805 (Toll free, Voice)
803-779-5121 (Voice)
803-779-0949 (TTY)

Greenville Office:
330 Pelham Road, Suite 100-A
Greenville, SC 29615
864-235-1421 (Voice)
864-235-8798 (TTY)
1-800-681-7715 (Toll free, Voice)

AccessAbility (Serving five counties in the Low Country and neighboring areas: Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg Counties)
7944 Dorchester Road, Suite 5
North Charleston, SC 29418
843-225-0231 (TTY)
1-866-874-7730 (Toll free, Voice)

Walton Options for Independent Living (Serving four counties in western SC: Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, and McCormick Counties)
514 West Avenue
N. Augusta, SC 29841
This office provides Independent Living, Information and Referral, Advocacy and Peer Support services as well as serving as the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance
office for South Carolinians on Social Security seeking information on returning to work through the WIPA program.


Walton Options for Independent Living (Serving three counties in lower SC: Bamberg, Beaufort, and Colleton Counties)
2414 N. Jefferies Blvd
Walterboro, SC 29488
While this office provides all Independent Living, Advocacy, Peer Support and Information and Referral Services, all inquiries for services should be by appointment
only, as this is not a walk-in location at this time. http://www.waltonoptions.org/

Assistive Technology Assistance

South Carolina Assistive Technology Project
Midlands Center
8301 Farrow Rd
Columbia, SC 29203
1-800-915-4522 (Toll free)
Services offered include: demonstration equipment and loan center, training on assistive technology options for service providers and consumers, technical assistance
by telephone for people with questions about assistive technology resources and options, and technical assistance to assistive technology assessment teams. Assistive Technology Exchange Program (free or affordable equipment for people with disabilities): http://scatp.med.sc.edu/documents/AT%20Exchange%20Flyer.pdf

Resources for Children

Family Connection of South Carolina
1800 St. Julian Place
Suite 104
Columbia, SC 29204
1-800-578-8750 (Toll Free In State)
1-888-808-7462 (Español)
Email: info@familyconnectionsc.org

Family Connection is a support network for families who have children with special needs. They match parents with other trained veteran support parents who have children with similar concerns and issues. Family Connection is also the federally designated Parent Training Center for South Carolina, providing training to parents about education rights of children with disabilities. There are Family Connection offices in Columbia, Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Charleston, and Rock Hill, with support parents throughout South Carolina.

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A)
3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208
Columbia, SC 29204
803-782-0639 (Voice/TTY)
1-866-275-7273 Toll Free (In State – Voice)
1-866-232-4525 Toll Free (In State – TTY)
Email: Info@pandasc.org
Our organization, Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities Inc., publishes a number of fact sheets designed to assist individuals with disabilities:
http://www.pandasc.org/resources/. P&A offers information and referral services to assist individuals with self-advocacy. P&A also provides representation for individual
cases which warrant additional services for clients and their families. We do not charge for our services.

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
The CPIR is a central resource for Parent Training and Information (PTI) Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), offering information and products to
assist the families of children with disabilities. The CPIR serves as the home of many of the resources developed by NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. NICHCY’s funding ended in October 2013, but many of its products and webpages can still be found here.


Related Websites

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)

1-866-966-1020 DVBIC Information and Referral (24/7)
Email: info@DVBIC.org
Established in 1992 as the Defense and Veterans Head Injury Program (DVHIP), the clinical research conducted by DVBIC has come to define optimal care for survivors of
TBI. Clinical care and research is currently undertaken at seven military and VA sites and one civilian treatment site. Patients may be referred to DVBIC by primary care and other physicians/health care providers, family members, or by self-referral.

Head Injury Hotline for Survivors
Brain Injury Resource Center, P O Box 84151 Seattle, WA 98124
Email: brain@headinjury.com
This site, which is maintained by brain injury survivors, provides survivors and their families with information and support.

National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA)
Email: execdirector@nashia.org
A number of fact sheets on TBI in both English and Spanish are available to download, including topics like Policy Information, Federal and State programs, educational
opportunities and conferences, among others.

TBI.org (formerly “The Perspectives Network”)
Email: TPN@tbi.org
Information and support for survivors and families.

This publication provides legal information, but is not intended to be legal advice. The information was based on the law at the time it was written. As the law may change, please contact P&A for updates. P&A does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other class protected by law in the provision of its programs or services. Pete Cantrell is P&A’s designated coordinator for Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This publication is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Administration for Community Living). The contents do not necessarily represent the official views of the funding authority.
GEN August 2018

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