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Adult Protection Services (Elder Abuse)The Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman investigates reports of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and exploitation (including financial issues) of adults in long-term care facilities in the counties served by the Appalachia Area Agency on Aging. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community.GreenvilleLong Term Care Ombudsman, Appalachia RegionAppalachia Area Agency on Aging
Adult Protection Services (Elder Abuse)The Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman investigates reports of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and exploitation (including financial issues) of adults in long term care facilities in the counties served by the Central Midlands AAA/ADRC. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.RichlandLong Term Care Ombudsman, Central Midlands RegionCentral Midlands Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center
Adult Protection Services (Elder Abuse)The Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman investigates reports of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and exploitation (including financial issues) of adults in long term care facilities in the counties served by the Vantage Point Area Agency on Aging. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.DarlingtonLong Term Care Ombudsman, Pee Dee RegionVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Adult Protection Services (Elder Abuse)The Ombudsman's office receives, investigates, and works to resolve reports of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and quality of care issues concerning adults in long term care facilities, such as nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, and psychiatric hospitals. The Ombudsman program serves to advocate for residents, to increase public awareness and prevent the occurrence of elder abuse in both the community and long term care settings. Abuse, neglect, or exploitation complaints occurring in facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Dept. of Mental Health or the SC Dept. of Disabilities and Special Needs must be reported to the SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED) at 866-200-6066. The State Long Term Care Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in their own homes or in other types of care facilities. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.RichlandLong Term Care Ombudsman Program, State OfficeLieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
Adult Protection Services (Elder Abuse)The Ombudsman investigates reports of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and exploitation (including financial issues) of adults in long-term care facilities. The Ombudsman does not address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community.GeorgetownLong Term Care Ombudsman, Waccamaw RegionWaccamaw Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualProgram staff at the Appalachia Area Agency on Aging can contact government or nonprofit agencies and other service providers to help older citizens access needed services.GreenvilleAppalachia Area Agency on Aging, OfficeAppalachia Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualThe ARK mentors under-served rural and urban areas in developing Alzheimer’s support services tailored to meet the unique needs of communities in Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Orangeburg Counties. The ARK’s Neighborhood Outreach Alzheimer’s Help (NOAH) Project provides grant writing assistance, staff training, and technical expertise to encourage the growth of social respite programs and/or other supportive services that reach people where they live. Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes are available to empower family caregivers who are caring for a loved one with a chronic illness (see The ARK’s Adult Enrichment Education link).DorchesterARK, SummervilleThe ARK, Summerville
Advocacy - IndividualThe Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC) works toward increased services with community support, appropriate job training for adults with brain injury, and access to proper education for children and adolescents. Learn More about brain injury RichlandBrain Injury Association of South CarolinaBrain Injury Association of South Carolina
Advocacy - IndividualProgram Staff can contact government or non-profit agencies and other service providers to help older citizens access needed services.YorkCatawba Area Agency on AgingCatawba Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualProgram staff at the Central Midlands AAA/ADRC can contact government or nonprofit agencies and other service providers to help older adults and adults with disabilities access needed services.RichlandCentral Midlands Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center, OfficeCentral Midlands Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center
Advocacy - IndividualThe Client Assistance Program (CAP) helps consumers with disabilities in South Carolina by acting as advocates regarding services provided by the Vocational Rehabilitation Department, Commission for the Blind, and all Independent Living programs and projects funded under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As advocates, CAP staff can investigate, negotiate, mediate, and pursue administrative, and other remedies to ensure that the rights of consumers with disabilities are protected. The agency can also answer questions about Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act relating to employment. RichlandClient Assistance ProgramClient Assistance Program
Advocacy - IndividualThe disAbility Resource Center (dRC) provides one-on-one assistance to clients by protecting and advocating for their rights and entitlements. Cases most commonly handled involve abuse, neglect, discrimination, and/or denial of service. Services provided include, but are not limited to: due process hearings, administrative appeals, and self-advocacy.CharlestondisAbility Resource Center (dRC)disAbility Resource Center (dRC)
Advocacy - IndividualThe Family Caregiver Advocate may speak to staff of other agencies and programs on the caregiver's behalf in order to secure certain services.GreenvilleFamily Caregiver Support Program, Appalachia RegionAppalachia Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualThe Family Caregiver Advocate may talk to staff of other agencies and programs on behalf of the caregiver in order to arrange certain services.DarlingtonFamily Caregiver Support Program, Pee Dee RegionVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Advocacy - IndividualThe Family Caregiver Advocate may talk to staff of other agencies and programs on behalf of the caregiver in order to secure certain services.GreenwoodFamily Caregiver Support Program, Upper Savannah RegionUpper Savannah Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualIn order to secure certain services for which a caregiver qualifies, the Family Caregiver Advocate may speak to staff of other agencies and/or programs on the caregiver's behalf.GeorgetownFamily Caregiver Support Program, Waccamaw RegionWaccamaw Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualJDRF advocates are moms, dads, siblings, friends, kids and adults. They help persons with type 1 diabetes act and/or speak up for themselves to make sure that 1) they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and 2) their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.JDRFJDRF
Advocacy - IndividualAgency helps individuals act and/or speak up for themselves to make sure that 1) they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and 2) their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.YorkLong Term Care Ombudsman, Catawba RegionCatawba Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualThe Ombudsman works with residents of long term care facilities to ensure that they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and that their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.RichlandLong Term Care Ombudsman, Central Midlands RegionCentral Midlands Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center
Advocacy - IndividualAgency helps individuals act and/or speak up for themselves to make sure that 1) they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and 2) their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.JasperLong Term Care Ombudsman, Lowcountry RegionLowcountry Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualThe Ombudsman works with residents of long term care facilities to ensure that they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and that their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.DarlingtonLong Term Care Ombudsman, Pee Dee RegionVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Advocacy - IndividualThe Long Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for the rights of all residents in long term care facilities. Advocacy includes receiving and resolving of complaints filed by or on behalf of residents, educating the public, and encouraging cooperation. The Long Term Care Ombudsman represents the interests of the residents before governmental agencies and seeks administrative, legal, and other remedies to protect the health safety, welfare, and rights of the residents.RichlandLong Term Care Ombudsman Program, State OfficeLieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualThe Long Term Care Ombudsman Program provides a statewide system for protecting the safety, dignity, and rights of residents of long term care facilities in South Carolina. These facilities include nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Department of Mental Health or the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints against such facilities, whether made by the resident or made on behalf of the resident. Complaints include allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (including financial), as well as issues of quality of care and residents' rights. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.SumterLong Term Care Ombudsman, Santee-Lynches RegionSantee-Lynches Aging and Disability Resource Center
Advocacy - IndividualThe Long Term Care Ombudsman Program provides a statewide system for protecting the safety, dignity, and rights of residents of long term care facilities. These facilities include nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Department of Mental Health or the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints against such facilities, whether made by the resident or made on behalf of the resident. Complaints include allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (including financial), as well as issues of quality of care and residents' rights. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.CharlestonLong Term Care Ombudsman, Trident RegionTrident Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Advocacy - IndividualProgram staff in the Lowcountry Area Agency on Aging (AAA) can contact government or non-profit agencies and other service providers to help older citizens access needed services.JasperLowcountry Area Agency on AgingLowcountry Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualProgram Staff can contact government or non-profit agencies and other service providers to help older citizens access needed services.AikenLower Savannah Aging, Disability, and Transportation Resource Center, Administrative OfficeLower Savannah Aging, Disability, and Transportation Resource Center
Advocacy - IndividualAgency helps individuals act and/or speak up for themselves to make sure that 1) they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and 2) their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.GreenvilleMental Health America, GreenvilleMental Health America of SC
Advocacy - IndividualPalmetto AIDS Life Support Services acts as an advocacy and resource agency for individuals with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones.RichlandPalmetto AIDS Life Support ServicesPalmetto AIDS Life Support Services of the Midlands, Inc.
Advocacy - IndividualPilgrims' Inn assists individuals in developing skills for self-advocacy in order to ensure: 1) they gain access to all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and 2) their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.YorkPilgrims' InnPilgrims' Inn
Advocacy - IndividualPro-Parents believes parents can be the best advocates for their children. Through telephone counseling, workshops, and written material, the agency provides information and training about public school education to families of children with all types of disabilities.RichlandPRO-ParentsPRO-Parents
Advocacy - IndividualP&A provides information on how people with disabilities can advocate for themselves. In certain cases the agency will advocate for someone.RichlandProtection and Advocacy for People with DisabilitiesProtection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities
Advocacy - IndividualThe Ombudsman investigates and tries to resolve reports of abuse, neglect, and mistreatment of people living in long term care facilities such as nursing homes, community care homes, assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated by or for the SC Department of Mental Health or SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. The reports may include mismanagement of financial affairs.AikenRegional Long Term Care Ombudsman, Lower Savannah ADTRCLower Savannah Aging, Disability, and Transportation Resource Center
Advocacy - IndividualProgram staff can contact government or non-profit agencies and other service providers to help older citizens access needed services.SumterSantee-Lynches Aging and Disability Resource Center OfficeSantee-Lynches Aging and Disability Resource Center
Advocacy - IndividualSCAD works with individuals to help them better understand the law and their responsibilities under it. Assistance with dispute resolution regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), discrimination in the work place, job market, courtroom, and many other issues.LexingtonSC Association of the DeafSC Association of the Deaf (SCAD)
Advocacy - IndividualAgency helps individuals act and/or speak up for themselves to make sure that 1) they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and 2) their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.RichlandSC Autism SocietySC Autism Society
Advocacy - IndividualThe Office of Consumer Services of the South Carolina Department of Insurance will help consumers with various insurance problems, such as claim denial or delay, refusal of coverage, and non-renewal of coverage. Depending on the problem, agency staff may speak with an insurance company on behalf of the policy holder.RichlandSC Dept. of Insurance, Office of Consumer ServicesSC Dept. of Insurance, Office of Consumer Services
Advocacy - IndividualSC SHARE provides one-to-one help for persons to protect their rights and to help them get services or benefits for which they qualify. This service is most helpful in cases of discrimination, denial of services, abuse, and/or neglect.LexingtonSC SHARE, Self-Help Association Regarding EmotionsSC SHARE, Self-Help Association Regarding Emotions
Advocacy - IndividualThe mission of the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America (SEPVA) is to aid veterans with spinal cord injuries or diseases and their families (including widow[er] and minor children), as well as veteran and non-veteran persons with disabilities living in the states of Georgia and South Carolina, or in parts of North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. The first concern of the SEPVA is paralyzed veterans, but the organization will also aid non-veterans who have need for advice or advocacy with the Veterans Administration (VA) or other agencies. The SEPVA also advocates for the rights of all persons with disabilities through legislation. Also, the SEPVA supports the Southern Regional Wheelchair Games in Myrtle Beach, SC. The organization's members are eligible to participate in recreational and community activities to include the PVA Bass Trail Tournaments, PVA's Trap Shoot Tournaments and Bowling Tournaments. They are now having hunts in conjunction with Sgt. Lynwood Kearse, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the returning wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan.Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaSoutheastern Paralyzed Veterans of America
Advocacy - IndividualThe ACCESS Network helps individuals act and/or speak up for themselves to make sure that 1) they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and 2) their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.HamptonThe ACCESS Network, Hampton OfficeThe ACCESS Network
Advocacy - IndividualThe ACCESS Network helps individuals act and/or speak up for themselves to make sure that 1) they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and 2) their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.HamptonThe ACCESS Network, Ridgeland OfficeThe ACCESS Network
Advocacy - IndividualThe Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) is a resource for patients' rights under Medicare, providing Medicare consumers, their families and caregivers with information regarding the Medicare program. The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence seeks to inform beneficiaries about their rights under Medicare, which include: *medical care that meets professionally accepted standards of quality; *hospital care as long as it is medically necessary; *written notice of all decisions affecting healthcare coverage; and *complete information about the services provided and the care received.RichlandThe Carolinas Center for Medical ExcellenceThe Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence
Advocacy - IndividualProgram Staff can contact government or nonprofit agencies and other service providers to help older adults access needed services.GreenwoodUpper Savannah Area Agency on Aging, OfficeUpper Savannah Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualAging Program Staff can contact government or nonprofit agencies and other service providers to help older citizens access needed services.DarlingtonVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center, OfficeVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Advocacy - IndividualThe County Veterans' Affairs Officer (CVAO) helps US Armed Forces veterans access numerous state and federal benefits and assistance programs that are in place to support military veterans and their families, including pension benefits, medical care at VA health facilities and other supports.HamptonVeterans Affairs Officer, HamptonSC Division of Veterans' Affairs
Advocacy - IndividualProgram Staff at the Waccamaw Area Agency on Aging can contact government or non-profit agencies and other service providers to help older adults access needed services.GeorgetownWaccamaw Area Agency on Aging, OfficeWaccamaw Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - IndividualThe agency teaches people with disabilities about their rights and how to act and/or speak up for themselves to make sure that 1) they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and 2) their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.AikenWalton Options for Independent Living of SC, AikenWalton Options for Independent Living of SC
Advocacy - IndividualThe agency teaches people with disabilities about their rights and how to act and/or speak up for themselves to make sure that 1) they get all the benefits and services for which they qualify, and 2) their rights, as guaranteed by law, are protected and enforced.ColletonWalton Options for Independent Living of SC, WalterboroWalton Options for Independent Living of SC
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center (ARCC) works with other agencies to help create a strong service and support system for persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers.RichlandAlzheimer's Resource Coordination CenterLieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
Advocacy - System/LegislativeAppalachia Area Agency on Aging advocates for improvements in the system of care and supports for adult seniors.GreenvilleAppalachia Area Agency on Aging, OfficeAppalachia Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe Arc of South Carolina is a volunteer advocacy organization that works on behalf of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and related disabilities and their families living in South Carolina. The Arc of South Carolina advocates with others to create the conditions under which all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience opportunities to develop competency and to make choices, to have good relationships with family members and friends, to have respect and dignity, and to be full participants in all community living.LexingtonArc of South CarolinaArc of South Carolina
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC) works toward increased services with community support, appropriate job training for adults with brain injury, and access to proper education for children and adolescents. Learn More about brain injury RichlandBrain Injury Association of South CarolinaBrain Injury Association of South Carolina
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe Central Midlands AAA/ADRC advocates for improvements in the system of care and supports for senior adults in South Carolina.RichlandCentral Midlands Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center, OfficeCentral Midlands Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe City of Charleston ADA/Mayor's Office on Aging advocates for the senior population in the Charleston, SC, area and affects the adoption and implementation of public policies and procedures which will increase longevity and protect the dignity and independence of seniors. Coordinator may be contacted regarding any relevant issues.CharlestonCity of Charleston ADA/Mayor's Office on AgingCity of Charleston ADA/Mayor's Office on Aging
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe GMHC Consumer Affairs division works to improve the quality of life for persons with mental illness through community education and systems' advocacy. GMHC participates in the Palmetto Media Watch and other anti-stigma campaigns. These efforts strive to make the media and the community-at-large more aware of the negative impact that certain verbal and visual depictions of mental illness, especially those which equate mental illness with violence, have on the way society views and treats persons with mental illness. In addition, these campaigns work to counteract the misconceptions of what mental illness is and whom it affects.GreenvilleGMHC Consumer AffairsGreenville Mental Health Center (GMHC)
Advocacy - System/LegislativeJDRF has begun an aggressive campaign to research the benefits of continuous glucose monitoring and artificial pancreas technology on patients with type 1 diabetes. The agency will also play a role in speeding approval and health insurance coverage of these treatments and devices.JDRFJDRF
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe SC Long Term Care Ombudsman program analyzes, comments on, and monitors the development and implementation of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and actions that pertain to the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents regarding adequate long term care facilities and services in South Carolina.RichlandLong Term Care Ombudsman Program, State OfficeLieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
Advocacy - System/LegislativeAgency works to change/create laws, programs, services, and social attitudes to benefit and to protect the rights of persons with mental illness and their families.GreenvilleMental Health America, GreenvilleMental Health America of SC
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe National Association For Continence works to change/create laws, programs, services, and social attitudes to benefit and to protect the rights of people with incontinence. Most advocacy is at the federal level.CharlestonNational Association For Continence (NAFC)National Association For Continence (NAFC)
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe National Multiple Sclerosis Society advocates for the interests of people with MS in both the public and private sector regarding issues such as quality health care, disability rights, and health insurance.National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Carolinas ChapterNational Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter
Advocacy - System/LegislativePRO-Parents works to change/create laws, programs, services, and social attitudes to benefit and to protect the rights of children with disabilities.RichlandPRO-ParentsPRO-Parents
Advocacy - System/LegislativeP&A works on laws, regulations, policies, practices and organizational structures that will help increase access to services for people with disabilities so that they have greater integration and inclusion in the community and the workforce.RichlandProtection and Advocacy for People with DisabilitiesProtection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities
Advocacy - System/LegislativeSCAD works with individuals to help them better understand the law and their responsibilities under it. Assistance with dispute resolution regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), discrimination in the work place, job market, courtroom, and many other issues.LexingtonSC Association of the DeafSC Association of the Deaf (SCAD)
Advocacy - System/LegislativeAgency works to change/create laws, programs, services, and social attitudes to benefit and to protect the rights of a persons with autism and their families.RichlandSC Autism SocietySC Autism Society
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe Alzheimer's Association is involved with local, state and national issues relating to quality of life for persons with dementia and their families. The chapter also encourages those who are affected by Alzheimer's Disease to get involved by contacting lawmakers. To find out more about becoming an advocate, visit the Web page listed below.AndersonSC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Assoc., Main OfficeSC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
Advocacy - System/LegislativeSC SHARE works for what the agency considers necessary changes in public and private agencies, programs, policies, and services -- including those of local, State, and Federal government. The goal is to empower people with mental illness, improve mental health care, and ensure better access to an integrated, comprehensive system that treats and benefits all people equally.LexingtonSC SHARE, Self-Help Association Regarding EmotionsSC SHARE, Self-Help Association Regarding Emotions
Advocacy - System/LegislativeElected delegates from all counties in the state attend annual sessions of the Silver Haired Legislature to discuss topics that affect the lives of South Carolina's senior citizens. The top issues and concerns related to adult seniors are submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly for possible legislative or other action.AndersonSC Silver Haired LegislatureSC Silver Haired Legislature
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe Council works to change/create laws, programs, services, and social attitudes to benefit and to protect the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities.RichlandSouth Carolina Developmental Disabilities CouncilSouth Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council
Advocacy - System/LegislativeSouth Carolina Respite Coalition helps to increase awareness of the need for respite services and the need for support from the legislature. The agency has several presentations that can be used for this purpose.RichlandSouth Carolina Respite CoalitionSouth Carolina Respite Coalition
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe mission of the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America (SEPVA) is to aid veterans with spinal cord injuries or diseases and their families (including widow[er] and minor children), as well as veteran and non-veteran persons with disabilities living in the states of Georgia and South Carolina, or in parts of North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. The first concern of the SEPVA is paralyzed veterans, but the organization will also aid non-veterans who have need for advice or advocacy with the Veterans Administration (VA) or other agencies. The SEPVA also advocates for the rights of all persons with disabilities through legislation. Also, the SEPVA supports the Southern Regional Wheelchair Games in Myrtle Beach, SC. The organization's members are eligible to participate in recreational and community activities to include the PVA Bass Trail Tournaments, PVA's Trap Shoot Tournaments and Bowling Tournaments. They are now having hunts in conjunction with Sgt. Lynwood Kearse, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the returning wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan.Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaSoutheastern Paralyzed Veterans of America
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe ACCESS Network works to change/create laws, programs, services, and social attitudes to benefit and to protect the rights of persons with HIV/AIDS and their families.HamptonThe ACCESS Network, Hampton OfficeThe ACCESS Network
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe ACCESS Network works to change/create laws, programs, services, and social attitudes to benefit and to protect the rights of persons with HIV/AIDS and their families.HamptonThe ACCESS Network, Ridgeland OfficeThe ACCESS Network
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care employs a lobbyist and advocates on behalf of consumers and hospice providers for various end-of-life issues.RichlandThe Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life CareThe Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care
Advocacy - System/LegislativeUpper Savannah Area Agency on Aging advocates for improvements in the system of care and supports for senior adults.GreenwoodUpper Savannah Area Agency on Aging, OfficeUpper Savannah Area Agency on Aging
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe Vantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) advocates for improvements in the system of care and supports for senior adults.DarlingtonVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center, OfficeVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Advocacy - System/LegislativeCounty Veterans' Affairs Officers work with other state agencies, federal agencies, non-profit organizations and elected officials to keep laws and programs in place that provide support to veterans of the US Armed forces and their families.HamptonVeterans Affairs Officer, HamptonSC Division of Veterans' Affairs
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe agency promotes the interests of people with disabilities by educating federal, state, and local public officials and the general public about the needs and capabilities of people with all types of disabilities.AikenWalton Options for Independent Living of SC, AikenWalton Options for Independent Living of SC
Advocacy - System/LegislativeThe agency promotes the interests of people with disabilities by educating federal, state, and local public officials and the general public about the needs and capabilities of people with all types of disabilities.ColletonWalton Options for Independent Living of SC, WalterboroWalton Options for Independent Living of SC
Arbitration/MediationThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration. The agency also tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds. Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area (Macon)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Arbitration/MediationThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration. The agency also tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds.RichlandBetter Business Bureau of Central South Carolina and Charleston (Columbia)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Arbitration/MediationThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration. The agency also tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds.HorryBetter Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina (Conway)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Arbitration/MediationThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration. The agency also tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds.Better Business Bureau of the Southeast Atlantic (Savannah)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Arbitration/MediationThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration. The agency also tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds. Better Business Bureau of the Southern Piedmont (Charlotte, NC)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Arbitration/MediationThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration. The agency also tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds.GreenvilleBetter Business Bureau of Upstate South Carolina (Greenville)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Arbitration/MediationWhen a long-term care resident or family member disagrees with the long-term care facility over issues of care or other issues of their relationship, the Ombudsman may assist in resolving that disagreement.GreenvilleLong Term Care Ombudsman, Appalachia RegionAppalachia Area Agency on Aging
Arbitration/MediationWhen a long-term care resident or family member disagrees with the long-term care facility over issues of care or other issues of their relationship, the Ombudsman may assist in resolving that disagreement.GeorgetownLong Term Care Ombudsman, Waccamaw RegionWaccamaw Area Agency on Aging
Complaints/GrievanceThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration; tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds; and promotes ethical business standards.Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area (Macon)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Complaints/GrievanceThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration; tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds; and promotes ethical business standards.RichlandBetter Business Bureau of Central South Carolina and Charleston (Columbia)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Complaints/GrievanceThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration; tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds; and promotes ethical business standards.HorryBetter Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina (Conway)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Complaints/GrievanceThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration; tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds; and promotes ethical business standards. Better Business Bureau of the Southeast Atlantic (Savannah)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Complaints/GrievanceThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration; tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds; and promotes ethical business standards. Better Business Bureau of the Southern Piedmont (Charlotte, NC)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Complaints/GrievanceThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers resolve disputes with businesses through telephone and written contact, mediation, and/or arbitration; tracks the number of complaints against each business and the way each business responds; and promotes ethical business standards. GreenvilleBetter Business Bureau of Upstate South Carolina (Greenville)Council of Better Business Bureaus
Complaints/GrievanceThe City of Charleston ADA/Mayor's Office on Aging monitors local businesses, buildings, facilities, etc., for compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.CharlestonCity of Charleston ADA/Mayor's Office on AgingCity of Charleston ADA/Mayor's Office on Aging
Complaints/GrievanceThe Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman investigates complaints against long-term care facilities, including concerns about abuse, neglect, or taking advantage of persons who live there. A resident or anyone on his/her behalf may make a complaint against such facilities.GreenvilleLong Term Care Ombudsman, Appalachia RegionAppalachia Area Agency on Aging
Complaints/GrievanceThrough the Ombudsman, complaints can be made against long term care facilities and may include concerns about abuse, neglect, or taking advantage of persons who live there. A resident or anyone on his/her behalf may make a complaint against such facilities.YorkLong Term Care Ombudsman, Catawba RegionCatawba Area Agency on Aging
Complaints/GrievanceThe Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman receives, investigates, and resolves concerns about and/or complaints against a long term care facility regarding abuse, neglect, or taking advantage of persons who live there. A resident, or anyone on his/her behalf, may make a complaint against such a facility.RichlandLong Term Care Ombudsman, Central Midlands RegionCentral Midlands Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center
Complaints/GrievanceThrough the Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman, complaints can be made against long term care facilities which may include concerns about abuse, neglect, or taking advantage of persons who live there. A resident or anyone on his/her behalf may make a complaint against such facilities.JasperLong Term Care Ombudsman, Lowcountry RegionLowcountry Area Agency on Aging
Complaints/GrievanceThe Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman receives, investigates, and resolves concerns about and/or complaints against a long term care facility concerning abuse, neglect, or taking advantage of persons who live there. A resident, or anyone on his/her behalf, may make a complaint against such a facility. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.DarlingtonLong Term Care Ombudsman, Pee Dee RegionVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Complaints/GrievanceThe Ombudsman's office receives and investigates reports of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and quality of care issues for adults in long term care facilities, such as nursing homes, residential care facilities/assisted living facilities, and psychiatric hospitals. Abuse, neglect, or exploitation complaints occurring in facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Department of Mental Health or the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs must be reported to the SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED) at 866-200-6066. The State Long Term Care Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in their own homes or in other types of care facilities. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.RichlandLong Term Care Ombudsman Program, State OfficeLieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
Complaints/GrievanceThe Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman is concerned with protecting the safety, dignity, and rights of residents of long term care facilities in South Carolina. These facilities include nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Department of Mental Health or the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints against such facilities, whether made by the resident or made on behalf of the resident. Complaints include allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (including financial), as well as issues of quality of care and residents' rights. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.SumterLong Term Care Ombudsman, Santee-Lynches RegionSantee-Lynches Aging and Disability Resource Center
Complaints/GrievanceThe Long Term Care Ombudsman Program provides a statewide system for protecting the safety, dignity, and rights of residents of long term care facilities. These facilities include nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Department of Mental Health or the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints against such facilities, whether made by the resident or made on behalf of the resident. Complaints include allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (including financial), as well as issues of quality of care and residents' rights. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.CharlestonLong Term Care Ombudsman, Trident RegionTrident Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Complaints/GrievanceThe Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman investigates complaints against long term care facilities, including concerns about abuse, neglect, or taking advantage of persons who live there. A resident, or anyone on his/her behalf, may make a complaint against such facilities.GreenwoodLong Term Care Ombudsman, Upper Savannah RegionUpper Savannah Area Agency on Aging
Complaints/GrievanceThe Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman investigates complaints against long-term care facilities, including concerns about abuse, neglect, or taking advantage of persons who live there. A resident or anyone on his/her behalf may make a complaint against such facilities.GeorgetownLong Term Care Ombudsman, Waccamaw RegionWaccamaw Area Agency on Aging
Complaints/GrievanceP&A assists people with disabilities who have complaints about access to services, education, living in the community, government benefits and other things that involve legal rights. The agency offers information, referral, and sometimes legal assistance to help resolve this type of issue.RichlandProtection and Advocacy for People with DisabilitiesProtection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities
Complaints/GrievanceThe Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman investigates and works to resolve problems or complaints affecting people living in nursing homes and other long term residential care facilities. Long term care facilities include nursing homes, residential care facilities/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the State Department of Mental Health or the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. These complaints may be made by the resident, or on behalf of the resident by a friend, family member, caregiver or guardian. Complaints may include allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation, as well as issues of quality of care and resident rights, including financial/money matters.AikenRegional Long Term Care Ombudsman, Lower Savannah ADTRCLower Savannah Aging, Disability, and Transportation Resource Center
Complaints/GrievanceFor complaints against companies or businesses that do not fall under the jurisdiction of another agency, Consumer Services Division staff will contact the business, in writing, to try to resolve the complaint or issue. If an informal resolution is not reached, staff can advise the consumer on further options he/she may be able to take, such as legal action.RichlandSC Dept. of Consumer AffairsSC Dept. of Consumer Affairs
Complaints/GrievanceThe Office of Consumer Services of the South Carolina Department of Insurance takes complaints, investigates, sees that consumer receives a response, and corrects misunderstandings about what the insurer is required to do under SC law. Complaint forms can be downloaded from the agency's website, or call to request a form by mail.RichlandSC Dept. of Insurance, Office of Consumer ServicesSC Dept. of Insurance, Office of Consumer Services
Complaints/GrievanceThe Office of Disability Adjudication and Review provides a formal appeal process for people who have been denied certain Social Security benefits. Administrative Law Judges who hear the appeals are free to decide issues based on the evidence presented (in the file or at the hearing) regardless of any prior decision by SSA. See "Intake Procedure" below.BerkeleySocial Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (Hearings and Appeals), CharlestonSocial Security Administration (SSA), Atlanta Region, South Carolina Offices
Complaints/GrievanceThe Office of Disability Adjudication and Review provides a formal appeal process for people who have been denied certain Social Security benefits. Administrative Law Judges who hear the appeals are free to decide issues based on the evidence presented (in the file or at the hearing) regardless of any prior decision by SSA. See "Intake Procedure" below.Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (Hearings and Appeals), CharlotteSocial Security Administration (SSA), Atlanta Region, South Carolina Offices
Complaints/GrievanceThe Office of Disability Adjudication and Review provides a formal appeal process for people who have been denied certain Social Security benefits. Administrative Law Judges who hear the appeals are free to decide issues based on the evidence presented (in the file or at the hearing) regardless of any prior decision by SSA. See "Intake Procedure" below.RichlandSocial Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (Hearings and Appeals), ColumbiaSocial Security Administration (SSA), Atlanta Region, South Carolina Offices
Complaints/GrievanceThe Office of Disability Adjudication and Review provides a formal appeal process for people who have been denied certain Social Security benefits. Administrative Law Judges who hear the appeals are free to decide issues based on the evidence presented (in the file or at the hearing) regardless of any prior decision by SSA. See "Intake Procedure" below.GreenvilleSocial Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (Hearings and Appeals), GreenvilleSocial Security Administration (SSA), Atlanta Region, South Carolina Offices
Complaints/GrievanceThe Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) conducts case review to ensure that individual Medicare beneficiaries receive appropriate, high-quality medical care. A beneficiary, or his or her representative, may request that CCME conduct a review of care delivered in Medicare-covered settings. CCME serves as an independent, impartial third party to review beneficiary complaints. If you wish to make a quality of care complaint, call the toll-free hotline, 1-800-922-3089. Any Medicare beneficiary who is denied hospital admission or who feels that a hospital discharge is too soon may call the CCME toll-free hotline for an immediate review.RichlandThe Carolinas Center for Medical ExcellenceThe Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence
Consumer AssistanceAgape Family Life Center provides assistance to individuals with filling out forms or following required steps in order to get needed services for which they qualify. Staff members will assist individuals with applying for State and Federal programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, and Student Financial Aid.JasperAgape Family Life CenterAgape Family Life Center
Consumer AssistanceCommunity Assistance Provider, Inc., is an application processing site for SCHelp, the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority's Foreclosure Prevention Fund, which uses federal "hardest hit" funds to provide lump sum or monthly mortgage payments for families (all income levels) that have had a loss of income. Staff will provide and aid in completing forms.RichlandCommunity Assistance Provider (CAP) SCHelp Application ProcessingCommunity Assistance Provider, Inc. (CAP)
Consumer AssistanceAgency helps people fill out forms or follow required steps in order to get needed services for which they qualify.JasperInformation, Referral & Assistance, Lowcountry RegionLowcountry Area Agency on Aging
Consumer AssistanceAgency helps people fill out forms or follow required steps in order to get needed services for which they qualify.AikenInformation, Referral & Assistance, Lower Savannah ADTRCLower Savannah Aging, Disability, and Transportation Resource Center
Consumer AssistanceThe Information, Referral & Assistance (IR&A) Specialist will assess an individual's needs, help him/her determine options and an appropriate course of action, direct the individual to useful programs or services, and help the individual fill out forms or follow required steps in order to get the services for which he/she qualifies.SumterInformation, Referral & Assistance, Santee-Lynches RegionSantee-Lynches Aging and Disability Resource Center
Consumer AssistanceInformation, Referral & Assistance Specialist helps people fill out forms or follow required steps in order to get needed services for which they qualify.CharlestonInformation, Referral & Assistance, Trident RegionTrident Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Consumer AssistancePRO-Parents assists parents of children with special needs to become more aware of their children's rights to public education through telephone counseling, workshops, and written material.RichlandPRO-ParentsPRO-Parents
Consumer AssistanceSeaside Senior Services helps find resources to address concerns seniors and their families may have regarding housing, financial assistance, elder law, support groups, etc.CharlestonSeaside Senior Services, LLCSeaside Senior Services, LLC
Consumer AssistanceThe mission of the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America (SEPVA) is to aid veterans with spinal cord injuries or diseases and their families (including widow[er] and minor children), as well as veteran and non-veteran persons with disabilities living in the states of Georgia and South Carolina, or in parts of North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. The first concern of the SEPVA is paralyzed veterans, but the organization will also aid non-veterans who have need for advice or advocacy with the Veterans Administration (VA) or other agencies. The SEPVA also advocates for the rights of all persons with disabilities through legislation. Also, the SEPVA supports the Southern Regional Wheelchair Games in Myrtle Beach, SC. The organization's members are eligible to participate in recreational and community activities to include the PVA Bass Trail Tournaments, PVA's Trap Shoot Tournaments and Bowling Tournaments. They are now having hunts in conjunction with Sgt. Lynwood Kearse, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the returning wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan.Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaSoutheastern Paralyzed Veterans of America
Consumer AssistanceThe Benefit Bank of South Carolina (TBB-SC) helps people fill out forms or follow required steps in order to get needed services for which they qualify. TBB-SC helps clients apply for Medicare/Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps); Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Independence (TANF/FI); prescription assistance for senior adults; and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).LexingtonThe Benefit Bank of South CarolinaThe Benefit Bank of South Carolina
Consumer AssistanceThe Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) helps people fill out forms or follow required steps in order to get needed services for which they qualify. The agency provides information about how to become an empowered health care consumer - free materials on Medicare and good health practices. Visit www.thecarolinascenter.org; click Health Care Consumers; order or request information.RichlandThe Carolinas Center for Medical ExcellenceThe Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence
Consumer AssistanceThe agency teaches people with disabilities about their rights and how to advocate for themselves. The agency also assists people with disabilities find the resources they need to live as independently as possible. For a fee, the agency will reproduce materials in alternative formats (Braille, large print, audio-tape or computer disk) for people with disabilities, employers and businesses.AikenWalton Options for Independent Living of SC, AikenWalton Options for Independent Living of SC
Consumer AssistanceThe agency teaches people with disabilities about their rights and how to advocate for themselves. The agency also assists people with disabilities find the resources they need to live as independently as possible. For a fee, the agency will reproduce materials in alternative formats (Braille, large print, audio-tape or computer disk) for people with disabilities, employers and businesses.ColletonWalton Options for Independent Living of SC, WalterboroWalton Options for Independent Living of SC
Disability LawClingman Law Firm offers legal services by professionals who have specific knowledge and experience in laws that protect or otherwise affect persons with disabilities, to include Special Needs Planning and development of Special Needs Trusts.RichlandClingman Law Firm, LLCClingman Law Firm, LLC
Disability LawP&A may provide consultation and/or legal representation to individuals with disabilities and their families related to their statutory or constitutional rights. The types of cases accepted by P&A are based on priorities that are set on a yearly basis.RichlandProtection and Advocacy for People with DisabilitiesProtection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities
Elder LawClingman Law Firm offers legal services by professionals who have specific knowledge and experience in laws that protect or otherwise affect older adults.RichlandClingman Law Firm, LLCClingman Law Firm, LLC
Elder LawMillender Elder Law focuses on meeting the legal needs of older adults and persons with disabilities. Areas included in the Elder Law practice are long term care planning, spousal impoverishment issues, Medicaid planning and qualification, disability planning, conservatorships and guardianships, supplemental needs trusts, general estate planning, and estate administration. Franchelle Millender, principal owner, is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by The National Elder Law Foundation.RichlandMillender Elder Law, LLCMillender Elder Law, LLC
Estate PlanningClingman Law Firm provides legal services to help persons prepare a plan on how to manage, use, distribute, and/or get rid of what they own (including property, money, insurance policies, and any other valuables) while they are still alive or after their death.RichlandClingman Law Firm, LLCClingman Law Firm, LLC
Estate PlanningMillender Elder Law focuses on meeting the legal needs of older adults and persons with disabilities. Areas included in the Elder Law practice are long term care planning, spousal impoverishment issues, Medicaid planning and qualification, disability planning, conservatorships and guardianships, supplemental needs trusts, general estate planning, and estate administration. Franchelle Millender, principal owner, is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by The National Elder Law Foundation.RichlandMillender Elder Law, LLCMillender Elder Law, LLC
Estate PlanningPriest & Sands is a law firm that provides estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, special needs trusts, etc.) and probate (administering the estate of a person who is deceased). This agency provides information, advice, and/or actual legal services to help persons prepare a plan on how to manage, use, distribute, and/or get rid of what they own (including property, money, insurance policies, and any other valuables) while they are still alive or after their death. DorchesterPriest & Sands Law FirmPriest & Sands, LLC
Lawyer Referral ServiceThe National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives makes referrals to private attorneys who specialize in Social Security. These attorneys can be used as representatives in the appeal of denial of benefits by the Social Security Administration.National Organization of Social Security Claimants' RepresentativesNational Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives
Legal GuardianshipClingman Law Firm provides legal services regarding guardianships and conservatorships for persons seeking assistance with incapacitated family members. The firm also may be appointed by the Probate Court to be responsible for the care and custody of a person and to manage his/her financial matters due to the person’s poor health, mental state, or other disabling condition.RichlandClingman Law Firm, LLCClingman Law Firm, LLC
Legal GuardianshipA guardian is appointed by the court when an individual is unable to make and carry out decisions regarding his or her personal welfare and basic needs due to his or her poor health, mental state, or other disabling condition. Senior Matters has registered guardians on staff who will perform five key roles for the client: legal decision maker, advocate, coordinator/monitor of services, estate manager, and professional practitioner. Guardianship through Senior Matters is provided only as a last resort for those who need assistance, but have no close relatives or friends who are able to perform the role.RichlandSenior Matters Guardianship and Pre-Legal ServicesSenior Matters Extended Services, LLC
Legal Services - GeneralAging Unit Staff can provide information about and blank documents for creating living wills or healthcare powers-of-attorney. Aging Unit Staff are NOT attorneys, so, for other legal issues, they will refer clients to South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), the SC Bar, or other appropriate resources.GreenvilleAppalachia Area Agency on Aging, OfficeAppalachia Area Agency on Aging
Legal Services - GeneralAging Unit Staff can provide information about and blank documents for creating living wills or healthcare powers-of-attorney. Aging Unit Staff are NOT attorneys, so, for other legal issues, they will refer clients to South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), the SC Bar, or other appropriate resources.YorkCatawba Area Agency on AgingCatawba Area Agency on Aging
Legal Services - GeneralAging & Disability Program Staff can provide information about and blank documents for creating living wills or healthcare powers-of-attorney. Aging & Disability Program Staff are NOT attorneys, so, for other legal issues, they will refer clients to South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), the SC Bar, or other appropriate resources.RichlandCentral Midlands Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center, OfficeCentral Midlands Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center
Legal Services - GeneralClingman Law Firm offers legal services in the following areas: estate planning; disability/special needs planning, including development of special needs trusts; government benefits planning; administrative assistance with Medicaid planning and application; VA benefit planning and application; handling estates of descendants through probate or assistance with trust administration; trust and estate litigation to assist with modifying existing trust agreements; assistance with guardianships and conservatorships for persons seeking assistance with incapacitated family members; service as fiduciary (service as Guardian ad litem, attorney-in-fact under Power of Attorney, trustee or successor trustee under trust agreement, service as guardian, conservator, personal representative of descendant's estate or special administrator); incorporation, especially in the context of estate planning; incorporation of non-profit groups, including completion of appropriate forms to qualify non-profit groups for 501(c)(3) treatment by the Internal Revenue Service; assistance with professional and occupational licensing disciplinary actions and appeals; licensure applications; administrative law appeals from denial of Medicaid services through the Dept. of Health and Human Services Fair Hearing process; assistance with hardship applications in estate recovery contexts; and life care planning (a comprehensive disability and aging plan including geriatric care management, government benefits information, and a detailed analysis of the client's/family's financial and social situation, along with realistic options).RichlandClingman Law Firm, LLCClingman Law Firm, LLC
Legal Services - GeneralAging Unit Staff can provide information about and blank documents for creating living wills or healthcare powers-of-attorney. Aging Unit Staff are NOT attorneys, so, for other legal issues, they will refer clients to South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), the SC Bar, or other appropriate resources.JasperLowcountry Area Agency on AgingLowcountry Area Agency on Aging
Legal Services - GeneralLowcountry Legal Volunteers is a private, non-profit organization that uses community volunteers and retired attorneys to provide free advice, education, and legal representation in family, probate, and magistrate courts to low-income families in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton Counties. Agency can help with divorces, custody matters, guardianships, wills and estate administration, landlord-tenant problems, and more. Legal volunteers will speak to groups about specific legal topics upon request. Periodically, legal volunteers will hold educational clinics for persons attempting to represent themselves in divorce or child support cases, will help them fill out the proper forms, and will guide them through the court process. Click on the link to the agency's website below for more information.BeaufortLowcountry Legal VolunteersLowcountry Legal Volunteers
Legal Services - GeneralAging Unit Staff can provide information about and blank documents for creating living wills, advanced care directives, or healthcare powers-of-attorney. Witnessing services for these documents may also be available. Aging Unit Staff are NOT attorneys, so, for other legal issues, they will refer clients to South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), the SC Bar, or other appropriate resources.AikenLower Savannah Aging, Disability, and Transportation Resource Center, Administrative OfficeLower Savannah Aging, Disability, and Transportation Resource Center
Legal Services - GeneralPriest & Sands is a law firm that provides help to a person with a non-criminal matter of law, such as writing a will, reviewing a lease or other contract, providing legal counsel at a hearing or in a lawsuit, etc.DorchesterPriest & Sands Law FirmPriest & Sands, LLC
Legal Services - GeneralPro Bono Legal Services provides assistance to low-income residents of Charleston County in pursuing/responding to civil cases (non-criminal). Types of cases the agency handles include family, housing, probate, consumer, employment, public benefits, and education. Pro Bono Legal Services also helps prepare wills and healthcare powers of attorney. The agency holds outreach clinics at local senior centers, shelters, and community centers.CharlestonPro Bono Legal Services Inc. Charleston OfficePro Bono Legal Services, Inc.
Legal Services - GeneralAging and Disability Resource Center staff can provide information about and blank documents for creating living wills or healthcare powers-of-attorney. ADRC staff are NOT attorneys, so, for other legal issues, they will refer clients to South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), the SC Bar, or other appropriate resources.SumterSantee-Lynches Aging and Disability Resource Center OfficeSantee-Lynches Aging and Disability Resource Center
Legal Services - GeneralLow-income residents of South Carolina who wish to apply for legal services should contact this centralized intake system, SCLS Telephone Intake Office, at 1-888-346-5592 (toll free) or 803-744-9430 (Columbia area). SCLS Telephone Intake Office does not represent clients in court. It is a legal aid telephone intake service. Eligible clients will be referred to a legal aid office or other agency for legal help. The types of cases that can be handled by legal aid include: consumer/finance/bankruptcy, education, employment, family, government/public benefits, federal income tax, health care, housing, probate, powers of attorney, military benefits, and elder law. They DO NOT handle: criminal cases, land sales and purchases, fee generating cases (auto accidents, worker's compensation, damage suits). For clients eligible for free legal aid, there are NO ATTORNEY's fees. Clients may have to pay court costs, service fees, some postage, and other out-of-pocket expenses.SC Legal Services (SCLS) Telephone Intake OfficeSC Legal Services (SCLS) Telephone Intake Office
Legal Services - GeneralSouth Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free, basic legal services in civil (non-criminal), non-fee-generating legal matters to eligible low-income residents of South Carolina who are U.S. citizens or have legal alien status. A person in need of legal help should call the SCLS intake line to talk with an intake specialist who will decide if s/he qualifies to get the needed services for free. People meeting income requirements and needing help with a civil case will be referred to one of the regional field offices, such as this one in Charleston.CharlestonSouth Carolina Legal Services, CharlestonSouth Carolina Legal Services
Legal Services - GeneralSouth Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free, basic legal services in civil (non-criminal), non-fee-generating legal matters to eligible low-income residents of South Carolina who are U.S. citizens or have legal alien status. A person in need of legal help should call the SCLS intake line to talk with an intake specialist who will decide if s/he qualifies to get the needed services for free. People meeting income requirements and needing help with a civil case will be referred to one of the regional field offices, such as this one in Columbia.RichlandSouth Carolina Legal Services, ColumbiaSouth Carolina Legal Services
Legal Services - GeneralSouth Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free, basic legal services in civil (non-criminal), non-fee-generating legal matters to eligible low-income residents of South Carolina who are U.S. citizens or have legal alien status. A person in need of legal help should call the SCLS intake line to talk with an intake specialist who will decide if s/he qualifies to get the needed services for free. People meeting income requirements and needing help with a civil case will be referred to one of the regional field offices, such as this one in Conway.HorrySouth Carolina Legal Services, ConwaySouth Carolina Legal Services
Legal Services - GeneralSouth Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free, basic legal services in civil (non-criminal), non-fee-generating legal matters to eligible low-income residents of South Carolina who are U.S. citizens or have legal alien status. A person in need of legal help should call the SCLS intake line to talk with an intake specialist who will decide if s/he qualifies to get the needed services for free. People meeting income requirements and needing help with a civil case will be referred to one of the regional field offices, such as this one in Greenville.GreenvilleSouth Carolina Legal Services, GreenvilleSouth Carolina Legal Services
Legal Services - GeneralSouth Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free, basic legal services in civil (non-criminal), non-fee-generating legal matters to eligible low-income residents of South Carolina who are U.S. citizens or have legal alien status. A person in need of legal help should call the SCLS intake line to talk with an intake specialist who will decide if s/he qualifies to get the needed services for free. People meeting income requirements and needing help with a civil case will be referred to one of the regional field offices, such as this one in Greenwood.GreenwoodSouth Carolina Legal Services, GreenwoodSouth Carolina Legal Services
Legal Services - GeneralSouth Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free, basic legal services in civil (non-criminal), non-fee-generating legal matters to eligible low-income residents of South Carolina who are U.S. citizens or have legal alien status. A person in need of legal help should call the SCLS intake line to talk with an intake specialist who will decide if s/he qualifies to get the needed services for free. People meeting income requirements and needing help with a civil case will be referred to one of the regional field offices, such as this one in Orangeburg.OrangeburgSouth Carolina Legal Services, OrangeburgSouth Carolina Legal Services
Legal Services - GeneralSouth Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free, basic legal services in civil (non-criminal), non-fee-generating legal matters to eligible low-income residents of South Carolina who are U.S. citizens or have legal alien status. A person in need of legal help should call the SCLS intake line to talk with an intake specialist who will decide if s/he qualifies to get the needed services for free. People meeting income requirements and needing help with a civil case will be referred to one of the regional field offices, such as this one in Florence.FlorenceSouth Carolina Legal Services, Pee Dee OfficeSouth Carolina Legal Services
Legal Services - GeneralSouth Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free, basic legal services in civil (non-criminal), non-fee-generating legal matters to eligible low-income residents of South Carolina who are U.S. citizens or have legal alien status. A person in need of legal help should call the SCLS intake line to talk with an intake specialist who will decide if s/he qualifies to get the needed services for free. People meeting income requirements and needing help with a civil case will be referred to one of the regional field offices, such as this one in Rock Hill.YorkSouth Carolina Legal Services, Rock HillSouth Carolina Legal Services
Legal Services - GeneralSouth Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free, basic legal services in civil (non-criminal), non-fee-generating legal matters to eligible low-income residents of South Carolina who are U.S. citizens or have legal alien status. A person in need of legal help should call the SCLS intake line to talk with an intake specialist who will decide if s/he qualifies to get the needed services for free. People meeting income requirements and needing help with a civil case will be referred to one of the regional field offices, such as this one in Spartanburg.SpartanburgSouth Carolina Legal Services, SpartanburgSouth Carolina Legal Services
Legal Services - GeneralAgency Staff can provide information about and blank documents for creating living wills or healthcare powers-of-attorney. Agency Staff are NOT attorneys, so, for other legal issues, they will refer clients to South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), the SC Bar, or other appropriate resources.CharlestonTrident Area Agency on Aging, OfficeTrident Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Legal Services - GeneralAging Unit Staff can provide information about and blank documents for creating living wills or healthcare powers-of-attorney. Aging Unit Staff are NOT attorneys, so, for other legal issues, they will refer clients to South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), the SC Bar, or other appropriate resources.GreenwoodUpper Savannah Area Agency on Aging, OfficeUpper Savannah Area Agency on Aging
Legal Services - GeneralVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) can provide information about and blank documents for creating living wills or healthcare powers-of-attorney. Aging Unit Staff are NOT attorneys, so, for other legal issues, they will refer clients to South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), the SC Bar, or other appropriate resources.DarlingtonVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center, OfficeVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Legal Services - GeneralAging Unit Staff can provide information about and blank documents for creating living wills or healthcare powers-of-attorney. Aging Unit Staff are NOT attorneys, so, for other legal issues, they will refer clients to South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), the SC Bar, or other appropriate resources.GeorgetownWaccamaw Area Agency on Aging, OfficeWaccamaw Area Agency on Aging
OmbudsmanThe Ombudsman protects the dignity and rights of residents of long-term care facilities. These facilities include nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Dept. of Mental Health or the SC Dept. of Disabilities and Special Needs. The Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints against such facilities, whether made by the resident or made on behalf of the resident. Complaints include allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation, as well as issues of quality of care and residents' rights.GreenvilleLong Term Care Ombudsman, Appalachia RegionAppalachia Area Agency on Aging
OmbudsmanThe Ombudsman investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and/or mistreatment (including financial issues) of adults in long term care facilities, including nursing homes, community residential care facilities (assisted living), and facilities operated by or for the SC Department of Mental Health or SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.YorkLong Term Care Ombudsman, Catawba RegionCatawba Area Agency on Aging
OmbudsmanThe Long Term Care Ombudsman Program provides a statewide system for protecting the safety, dignity, and rights of residents of long term care facilities in South Carolina. These facilities include nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Department of Mental Health or the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints against such facilities, whether made by the resident or made on behalf of the resident. Complaints include allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (including financial), as well as issues of quality of care and residents' rights. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.RichlandLong Term Care Ombudsman, Central Midlands RegionCentral Midlands Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center
OmbudsmanThe Ombudsman program provides a statewide system for protecting the dignity and rights of residents of long term care facilities. Long term care facilities include nursing homes, residential care facilities/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Dept. of Mental Health or the SC Dept. of Disabilities and Special Needs. Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints against such facilities, made by the resident or made on behalf of the resident. Complaints include allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation, as well as issues of quality of care and resident rights. The Ombudsman does not address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community.JasperLong Term Care Ombudsman, Lowcountry RegionLowcountry Area Agency on Aging
OmbudsmanThe Ombudsman receives, investigates, and resolves reports of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and exploitation (including financial issues) of adults in long term care facilities, including nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Department of Mental Health or SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. A resident, or anyone on his/her behalf, may make a complaint against such a facility. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.DarlingtonLong Term Care Ombudsman, Pee Dee RegionVantage Point Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
OmbudsmanThe Ombudsman's office receives, investigates, and works to resolve reports of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and quality of care issues concerning adults in long term care facilities, such as nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, and psychiatric hospitals. The Ombudsman program serves to advocate for residents, to increase public awareness and prevent the occurrence of elder abuse in both the community and long term care settings. Abuse, neglect, or exploitation complaints occurring in facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Dept. of Mental Health or the SC Dept. of Disabilities and Special Needs must be reported to the SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED) at 866-200-6066. The State Long Term Care Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in their own homes or in other types of care facilities. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.RichlandLong Term Care Ombudsman Program, State OfficeLieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
OmbudsmanThe Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman is concerned with protecting the safety, dignity, and rights of residents of long term care facilities in South Carolina. These facilities include nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Department of Mental Health or the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints against such facilities, whether made by the resident or made on behalf of the resident. Complaints include allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (including financial), as well as issues of quality of care and residents' rights. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.SumterLong Term Care Ombudsman, Santee-Lynches RegionSantee-Lynches Aging and Disability Resource Center
OmbudsmanThe Long Term Care Ombudsman Program provides a statewide system for protecting the safety, dignity, and rights of residents of long term care facilities. These facilities include nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Department of Mental Health or the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints against such facilities, whether made by the resident or made on behalf of the resident. Complaints include allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (including financial), as well as issues of quality of care and residents' rights. The Ombudsman DOES NOT address abuse/neglect issues for persons living in the community. Contact the county office of the SC Department of Social Services for those issues.CharlestonLong Term Care Ombudsman, Trident RegionTrident Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
OmbudsmanThe Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints against long term care facilities, such as nursing homes, community residential care facilities (assisted living), and facilities operated by or for the SC Department of Mental Health or SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Complaints, which can be made by a resident or someone on behalf of a resident, may relate to allegations of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and/or exploitation (including financial issues), as well as issues of quality of care and residents' rights.GreenwoodLong Term Care Ombudsman, Upper Savannah RegionUpper Savannah Area Agency on Aging
OmbudsmanThe Ombudsman protects the dignity and rights of residents of long-term care facilities. These facilities include nursing homes, residential care/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the SC Dept. of Mental Health or the SC Dept. of Disabilities and Special Needs. The Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints against such facilities, whether made by the resident or made on behalf of the resident. Complaints include allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation, as well as issues of quality of care and residents' rights.GeorgetownLong Term Care Ombudsman, Waccamaw RegionWaccamaw Area Agency on Aging
OmbudsmanThe Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman investigates and works to resolve problems or complaints affecting people living in nursing homes and other long term residential care facilities. Long term care facilities include nursing homes, residential care facilities/assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and facilities operated or contracted for operation by the State Department of Mental Health or the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. These complaints may be made by the resident, or on behalf of the resident by a friend, family member, caregiver or guardian. Complaints may include allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation, as well as issues of quality of care and resident rights, including financial/money matters.AikenRegional Long Term Care Ombudsman, Lower Savannah ADTRCLower Savannah Aging, Disability, and Transportation Resource Center
Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)Alzheimer's Association Medic Alert + Safe Return is a nationwide identification, support, and enrollment program that provides assistance when a person with Alzheimer's or a related dementia wanders and becomes lost locally or far from home. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If an enrollee is missing, one call immediately activates a community support network to help reunite the lost person with his or her caregiver. Medic Alert + Safe Return faxes the enrolled person's information and photo (if provided) to local law enforcement. When the person is found, a citizen or law official calls the 800-number on the identification products and Safe Return notifies listed contacts. The nearest Alzheimer's Association office provides information and support during the search and rescue efforts. Visit the Web site listed below for more information.LexingtonSC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Assoc., Midlands Area OfficeSC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association

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