Children and adolescents who enter foster care often have complicated and serious medical, mental health, developmental, oral health, and psychosocial problems that are rooted in their history of childhood history of abuse and neglect. Ideally, health care for this population is provided in a pediatric medical home by primary care providers who are familiar with the short and long term impact of childhood trauma and adversity. As youth with special health care needs, children and adolescents in foster care require more frequent monitoring of their health status, and pediatricians have a critical role in ensuring the well-being of children in out-of-home care through the provision of high-quality pediatric health services, health care coordination, and advocacy. (Source: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/4/e1131)
The information here is designed to be supportive to you and your practice as you treat children and adolescents in foster care. If you need assistance and cannot find what you are looking for, please reach out to us at the Office of Child Health and Well Being.
DSS NURSE CONTACT INFORMATION
Please be advised that email is the preferred method of contact for DSS Nurses
to ensure fastest response time.
UPSTATE REGION NurseUpstate@dss.sc.gov Fax: 864-282-4278
(Serving Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenwood, Greenville, Laurens, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg Counties)
Elizabeth "Beth" Griffin, RN – Upstate Regional Nurse
864-467-3369 (o); 803-767-2707 (c); Elizabeth.Griffin@dss.sc.gov
Virginia "Ginny" Meritt – Health Care Data Coordinator
864-467-7822 (o); 803-351-0374 (c); Virginia.Meritt1@dss.sc.gov
MIDLANDS REGION NurseMidlands@dss.sc.gov Fax: 803-734-2863
(Serving Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, McCormick, Richland, Saluda, Union, York Counties)
Rita Melton, DMD RN – Acting Midlands Regional Nurse/Statewide Dentist & Nurse
803-898-4227 (o); 803-767-2267 (c); Rita.Melton@dss.sc.gov
(Vacant) – Health Care Data Coordinator
LOWCOUNTRY REGION NurseLowcountry@dss.sc.gov Fax: 843-953-2561
(Serving Allendale, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper and Orangeburg Counties)
Gretchen Cecere, RN – Lowcountry Regional Nurse
843-953-1379 (o); 843-754-7168 (c); Gretchen.Cecere@dss.sc.gov
Shalonda Bradley – Health Care Data Coordinator
843-255-6192 (o); 803-394-6312 (c); Shalonda.Bradley@dss.sc.gov
PEE DEE REGION NursePeeDee@dss.sc.gov Fax: 843-519-0840
(Serving Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg Counties)
Bridgett McElveen, RN – PeeDee Regional Nurse
843-519-0184 (o); 803-351-0729 (c); Bridgett.McElveen@dss.sc.gov
Tyra Goodson– Health Care Data Coordinator
STATEWIDE & CONGREGATE CARE LIAISON
NurseStateOffice@dss.sc.gov Fax: 803-734-2837
Rita Melton, DMD, RN – Statewide Dentist & Nurse
803-898-4227 (o); 803-767-2267 (c); Rita.Melton@dss.sc.gov
STATEWIDE NURSE MANAGER
Karen J. McDaniel, RN – Nurse Manager
864-467-4921 (o); 803-995-0751 (c); Karen.J.McDaniel@dss.sc.gov
MEDICAL CONSENT FORMS
- Designation of Medical Consent Form (DSS Form 2055) Beginning June 1, 2021 all licensed DSS providers including all licensed foster parents, therapeutic foster parents licensed by Child Placing Agencies (CPAs), kinship care providers, emergency shelters, and group home providers must become authorized secondary consenters in order to be able to consent to routine medical care for children and youth in foster care. This link provides a sample of the authorization form. When working with placement providers, ask for this form to verify that the caregiver has been designated as a secondary medical consenter.
- Psychotropic Medication Informed Consent Form (DSS Form 2056) Administration of new psychotropic medications requires SCDSS consents, as the primary consenter. This form is completed and shared with the child’s case manager for approval by the Regional Clinical Specialist.
- Informed Consent and Notification Regarding Psychotropic Medication Form (DSS Form 1214) This form is completed by health care providers in acute care and inpatient settings. This form is completed and shared with the child’s case manager for approval by the Regional Clinical Specialist.
Project ECHO and TeleECHO Clinics
What is Project ECHO®?
The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, or ECHO model, was developed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Centger and is now used nationwide in the United States and internationally. The ECHO model facilitates case-based learning for front-line practitioners via teleconferencing clinics. Similar to the virtual chart rounds, the ECHO model creates a space where practitioners can share knowledge and build support to better manage patients with complex care needs. For more information on Project ECHO, please visit https://echo.unm.edu
Select Health of South Carolina, in collaboration with SCDSS and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Health Department, is excited to launch TeleECHO clinics – an emerging, case-based learning model to improve health care provider’s capacity to treat children and youth in South Carolina’s foster care system.
At TeleECHO clinics, providers from multiple locations connect via teleconferencing to present de-identified patient cases to a team of peers and experts for mentoring and shared learning. Case-based discussions will also be supplemented with short didactic presentations to improve content knowledge and share evidence-based practices.
6/8/21 - The Importance of You: Provider Resilience & Self-Care
5/25/21 - Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention Initiatives
5/11/21 - Medical Consent for Children in Foster Care
4/27/21 - Understanding Psychotropic Medication Use in Youth in Foster Care
4/13/21 - After Visit Summaries
3/16/21 - Quality through Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (QTIP) - Lessons Learned: How We Got Here
3/2/21 - Partnering with School Systems to Address Educational Needs
2/16/21 - Identifying Child Maltreatment in Pediatric Practice
2/2/21 - Trauma Informed Practice
1/19/21 - Provider Resources
1/5/21 - AAP Best Practices for Children and Youth in Foster Care