Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs
Who We Are
Nestled within the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains PCBDSN serves persons with mental retardation, autism, head and spinal cord injuries, and conditions related to each of these disabilities.
What We Do
The service Coordination team helps individuals obtain services in the Pickens County Area. This office provides assistance to determine the needs of an individual and their family for services, coordinates eligibility arrangements and access to services. Advocacy assistance is also provided to those service.
Family support provides assistance tailored to specific needs and enables families to continue to care for their family members with disabilities within the community.
In addition, family arranged respite provides assistance to eligible families with a demonstrated need for temporary care of their family member with mental retardation or related disability.
The Head and Spinal Cord injury program provides service coordination to individuals who have suffered traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injuries.
Assessment and evaluation are available to identify children ages 0-5 with developmental delays. Parents receive assistance in identifying and obtaining services for children to enable them to get the best early treatments and assistance possible to eliminate and minimize the effects of developmental disabilities.
At Better Skills consumers receive adult development, pre-vocational, and vocational training in a variety of settings. Adult development aims at developing, maintaining, and increasing the consumer's performance in daily living skills, physical coordination and dexterity, cognitive skills, social relationships, and communication skills. Pre-vocational and vocational skills are taught while consumers receive training incentive wages for work performed.
This includes work performed outside the workshop in various plants and businesses across the county.
Supported employment offers job readiness assessment and training, job search, and on-the-job support to consumers who qualify.
Community Training Home II (CTH II)
Each CTH II provides 24-hour supervision and training with activities of daily living and independence. Each facility has a House Manager to handle day-to-day activities. Each CTH II has a Coordinator assigned to manage the facility.
Supervised Living II (SLP II)
The SLP II program is designed for those consumers who are primarily independent in activities of daily living. The amount of supervision by staff is determined on an individual basis. The consumer generally requires staff assistance with money management, shopping, meal preparation, medical records, and social interactions.
Supervised Living I (SLP I)
Consumers receiving SLP I support are primarily independent and require only weekly assistance from staff. They live in apartments and homes throughout the county. Most often they need assistance with maintaining their health, managing their finances, and assistance with social interactions.