Human Services

GEORGETOWN COUNTY BOARD OF DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS

SERVICE

aka Georgetown County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs

Georgetown, SC

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

1988

Executive Director

Elizabeth K Krauss

Main Address

PO Box 1471 95 Academy Ave

Georgetown, SC 29442 USA

Formerly Known As

Georgetown Mental Retardation Board

Hugs for Horses TR

Keywords

intellectual disabilities, autism

EIN

57-0829951

 Number

6904341202

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Growth Enterprises

Residential Care

Supported Employment

HUGS Therapeutic Riding

Teach and Grow

Case management

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of new advocates recruited

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities

Related program

Growth Enterprises

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

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

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Via Early Intervention strategies and waiver at home services , support for respite, instruction and or other medical support services

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

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

Total dollars received in contributions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

HUGS Therapeutic Riding

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service recipients who are employed

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

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

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

Holding steady

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

We are surveyed by independent reviewers as well as financial auditors. We receive written reports from all independent reviewers. We also do monthly surveys with service recipients or their families, by way of a consultant to the Executive Director, so we can see if there are issues and unmet needs. Satisfaction of participants and families is a key goal. Our successful collaboration with State government ensures grants and continuation funding are available to us. We expect to continue the expansion of services for basic care needs. We have many quality assurance measures and use a Safety Committee to review issues re: safety and security of the people we serve.

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.

External Reviews

Financials

GEORGETOWN COUNTY BOARD OF DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Disability

Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity