GEORGETOWN COUNTY BOARD OF DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS

SERVICE

aka Georgetown County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs   |   Georgetown, SC   |  https://www.gcbdsn.com

Mission

To support and serve people with disabilities(intellectual, autism and related disabilities) in Georgetown County, South Carolina. We also reach out to provide early intervention to infants and toddlers with developmental delays in Georgetown County. We are a sponsor for therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities, our Hugs for Horses Therapeutic Riding program.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Elizabeth K Krauss

Main address

PO Box 1471 95 Academy Ave

Georgetown, SC 29442 USA

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Formerly known as

Georgetown Mental Retardation Board

Hugs for Horses TR

EIN

57-0829951

NTEE code info

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

Sheltered Remunerative Employment, Work Activity Center N.E.C. (J33)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is an arm of a state or local government.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Support individuals with disabilities to dream of the possibilities in their lives. Individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism or related disabilities, can choose community services that they want or need to support them in accessing their community through a variety of support programs such as: Therapeutic Riding with Hugs for Horses, promotes community involvement and health Volunteer opportunities to contribute to their community. Advocacy Training Community Training with community resources Rights training Respite Care Personal Care support Waiver funded services in the home Day support Career preparation Individual Employment 24 hour residential care homes Family Supports Case management support

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Growth Enterprises

A work support center as well as a day supports or day center for people with disabilities and special needs.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Over 7 different types of living arrangements and supports in small , mostly 24 hour care settings.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

employment support for persons with intellectual disabilities, autism and related disabilities

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

HUGS is a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults in Georgetown County.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with physical disabilities

Early Intervention for eligible infants and toddlers identified with delays.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

eligible children and adults/ and families receive linking, referral and monitoring of services by qualified Case Managers.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new advocates recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

Growth Enterprises

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2019 we participated in state advocacy organizations. 2020 was the year of Covid and we succeeded in advocating for safety and protecting individuals by training n use of masks and handwashing.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

Growth Enterprises

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Community involvement , accessing community services, e.g. Diabetes Core Education, exercise at the gym, dinner out, attending law enforcement club activities, other events and local retailers

Number of direct care staff who received training in primary prevention strategies and other techniques to avoid the need for restraint and seclusion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children with a disability supported to live at home

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

Case management

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Via Early Intervention strategies and waiver at home services , support for respite, instruction and or other medical support services. there has been no service expansion during the pandemic.

Number of older adults being supported to live at home through home care, assistive technology, and/or personal support plans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

Case management

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Special Funded support services , Early intervention or waiver services that provide home or community supports

Number of children or adults with disbilities participating in therapeutic horseback riding(Hugs for Horses TR) at no cost.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

HUGS Therapeutic Riding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Covid reduced participation in 2020 but we still provided the service and never ceased. School is back now and more classes of young children are participating in 2021

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, People with disabilities

Related Program

HUGS Therapeutic Riding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service recipients who are employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

Supported Employment

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Covid created a challenge for employment for people with disabilities as many of them lost their regular employment during the pandemic.

Number of families who report that service and support staff/providers are available and capable of meeting family needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

Residential Care

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We began operating supported living arrangements in 2019. Opened one new four person home.

Number of children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Infants and toddlers, People with disabilities

Related Program

Teach and Grow

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

infants and toddlers 0-3 who are eligible because of a delay receive home training by certified teachers.

Total number of client emergency room visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Residential Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Reduce unnecessary ER visits for non-emergency care visits. Provide better health care for people with disabilities.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Supporting people with disabilities to dream of possibilities in their lives. We serve people with intellectual disabilities and autism as well as other related disabilities. We provide services in the community that promote community inclusion and work, as well as basic support services that allow people to be safe and receive necessary care. We collaborate with others to promote community inclusion and therapeutic horseback riding is a service we promote in our community for children and adults with disabilities or related disabilities.

We provide early intervention services to more that 30 infants and toddlers who have developmental delays to ensure they have the best possible chance at preventing or reversing delays in their development.

We are a qualified provider in the State of South Carolina, and as such we also meet and exceed licensing and quality improvement reviews by independent agencies.

We collaborate with local service networks and volunteers to ensure the community can offer choices of employment, recreation and care in our community.

We employ staff with diverse backgrounds and promote training opportunities as much as possible.

We are involved with State and National organizations to ensure we keep up with current legislation that may affect services and recipients.

We collect data on consumer's (or their family's) satisfaction with services as well as analyze risk areas for consumers (health data, incident data, etc.)

Georgetown County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs has been a service provider for people with disabilities since 1988. We are routinely audited , both financially and programmatically and have a reputation for being a quality provider. We believe in collaboration and have continued to expand and grow over the years. We have embraced technology and products that assist people to be more independent. We promote the independence of individuals within our network and work to involve them in the community, while providing accountability for their safety as much as possible.

While we provide day programs, employment and residential care, we find ourselves struggling sometimes to ensure that we offer more community involvement due to staffing needs. Our wish is that our participants can interact more in the community and be more a part of it, rather than just rely on paid staff. Our Hugs for Horses Therapeutic Riding program is a good example of how a collaborative program is delivered with fewer paid staff and more community volunteers.

Quality health care is difficult for people with disabilities. We promote community collaboration with our health care providers and have increased our health care professional involvement. Local law enforcement and fire officials are great community partners and they routinely participate in our community outings.

We would also love to see home ownership as a goal for the people we serve, but there are few funding options for this. Affordable, decent housing for the people we serve is challenging due to low incomes.

During the Covid PANDEMIC, we focused on keeping people with disabilities safe from illness. We strategically identified weaknesses in our local health care delivery system and opted to provide specialized telehealth emergency room care services with a national service provider. This provided better and faster care and better health outcomes and we never lost anyone to COVID even though people we support are especially vulnerable due to underlying health concerns.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People with lifelong disabilities and their families.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Many families experience a lack of support for Medicaid paid enhancements and adaptive vehicles or modifications. These were limits that were in place a long time. We provided feedback to the state agency and they are raising the current lifetime Medicaid cap.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GEORGETOWN COUNTY BOARD OF DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Williams Sr

Retired

Tim McConnell

CPA

Willie Thomas

Retired Nurse

Ann Palmer

consultant to identity theft company

Frank Holsclaw

J.T. Martin

Susie Smith

Retired disbilities professional

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/21/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/19/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.