National Multiple Sclerosis Society 800-FIGHT-MS or 803-799-7848
S.C. Bureau of Senior Services
Central source of info on services in S.C. for seniors over age 60 and for individuals with disabilities. Also has information for Vietnam Veterans.
800-868-9095 (General Information Line)
803-734-9900 (State Office Assistance, Seniors)
803-734-0200 (State Office, Dept of Veterans Affairs)
843-974-6360 (Charleston Area, Veterans Affairs)
Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
Statewide protection and advocacy services for individuals with disabilities - physical disabilities, mental illness, intellectual disabilities, etc. Ensures individual rights and appropriate treatment. Attorneys on staff to represent individuals who are victims of abuse, neglect, discrimination.
800-743-2553 (Charleston area)
S.C. Center For Disability Resources
Liaison among providers of services. Provides grant funding for programs/services for individual with disabilities.
803-935-5248 or (803) 935-5231
S.C. Division of Ombudsman and Citizen Services
Provides information, referral, and assistance for any complaint. Long Term Care Ombudsman is responsible for complaints regarding abuse and neglect in any residential facility (boarding home, nursing home, etc)
803-734-0444 (State Office)
803-735-7222 (Long Term Care Ombudsman)
843-953-9422 (Charleston Area Protective Services)
S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation
Provides vocational re-training and job placement services for individuals who have lost employment due to injury or illness (including mental illness), 21 Area Offices with work centers. Comprehensive Evaluation Center in Columbia
803-896-6500 (State Office, Columbia)
S.C. Department of Social Services
Offices in each county providing services such as Child and Adult Protective Services, Food Stamps, Foster Care, Day Care licensing, Nursing homes, Transportation services, eligibility determination for Medicaid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, etc.
803-898-7081 (State Office, Columbia)
843-953-9400 (Charleston area)
Services For Specific Disabilities
S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
Through a network of providers located in each county, DDSN provides residential, adult vocational services, summer camps, respite care, and case management services for individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Phone numbers listed by county.
803-898-9600 (State Office, Columbia)
843-805-5800 (Disabilities Board Charleston County)
S.C. Head & Spinal Cord Injury Division Office of Information and Referral
S.C. Department of Mental Health
Provides community mental health services through Mental Health Centers in most counties. State system of hospitals and care facilities for individuals with mental illness.
843-727-2000 (Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Clinic)
843-727-2000 (Emergency Services)
803-898-8319 (Columbia - Agency number)
S.C. State Library for the Blind and Handicapped
Loans magazines, books in braille, and recorded books. Individuals must complete an application.
Community Long Term Care Program
Division of Health and Human Services. Provides assessment, level of care determination, and coordination of home services for individuals who need such assistance in order to avoid institutionalized care (Individuals who are Medicaid eligible - elderly, disabled, ventilator dependent - not MR, MI). May provide personal aid or attendant care, meals delivered to the home, prescription drugs, medical supplies, private duty nursing, respite care, personal emergency response system, home modifications. Eleven area offices around the state.
803-935-5300 (State Office in Columbia)
800-922-1107 (Toll free info line)
Provides care at home for individuals with terminal illness.
Services For Children
Baby Net - Operated by USC Center for Developmental Disabilities
Provides evaluation, therapy, financial assistance for children with developmental delays and handicaps (from Birth to age 3). Has intervention specialists in each county.
Children's Rehabilitative Services
Evaluation and treatment for physically handicapped and chronically ill children under 18 years. (Financial guidelines for eligibility). Services include medical services, social work services, hospital care, medications and medical supplies, medical equipment, therapy services, summer camp.
Offices in 12 counties (Called CRS Clinics)
843-792-0444 (Charleston area)