February 14, 2011
Regulatory Agency Paper
Vulnerable individuals need to have opportunities to be included in the communities where they live. That includes the choice to direct their own personal outcomes and become integrated in the community with supports tailored to their unique needs. In an effort to achieve equal footing, families need to increase the basic understanding in the community of the complexity of living with a disability, navigate service delivery systems, and build networks and resources that create a sense of independence. To that end, service systems that provide oversight need procedural safeguards. Three agencies that provide these safeguards include the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and the Bureau of Long Term Care South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) monitors all facets of the public health of this state and ensures that facilities that serve vulnerable population, such as those who use long term care services, comply with state and federal regulations. The Division of Health Licensing is the agency responsible for making sure compliance is met by inspecting each Community Residential Care facility every two years. Additional inspections may also occur if “there is a change of ownership, of management, of administrator, bed increase, a complaint against the facility has been received” (SC DHEC 2010). One to five member teams compose an inspection team whose sole mission is to apply and interpret whether the facility is in compliance with the regulations. The team reviews the previous performances during past inspections and the facility’s license history. The team also looks to see if there were complaints, accident or incident reports, enforcement actions, and...