The Horry County Disabilities and Special Needs Board (HCDSNB) supports residential and vocational programs, adult activity centers, early intervention, respite and case management for those with special needs. A variety of residential programs are available, such as two eight-bed facilities, ten four-bed facilities, one 10-unit apartment complex and an independent living program. New Ideas Industries is the day services component of the HCDSNB, with a work activities center in both Conway and Loris. These facilities offer support center services, day activities, community support and career preparation. There are varying levels of skills training provided in these settings. Some may work on basic social skills and personal care skills, while others work in areas where they are paid to do contract work.\

The Georgetown County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs provides a number of similar services to residents with mental retardation, autism, traumatic brain injury and/or spinal cord injury, high risk infants and toddlers and more. An early intervention program, “teach&grow,” offers home-based training for children who may have developmental delays and their families at no cost. A curriculum-based assessment identifies the child’s strengths and needs in cognition, socialization, language, motor schools and self-help.