All Topics Related to Public Health
Getting Help for People with Disabilities
If you have impairments or are seeking help for a family member, these agencies and organizations may be able to
Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs operates a variety of programs for
children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or severe developmental delays. For info, call our
toll-free Care Line: (855) 472-3432.
- Medicaid can assist financially eligible people to get care from approved health care
providers. You must apply for Medicaid through the South
Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. An electronic application is available on the
website. For info, call toll free: (888) 549-0820.
- The SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department
rehabilitation services for people with disabilities leading to competitive employment. The agency
supports eligible school-age individuals in transitioning into the competitive work environment. For info,
call toll free: (800) 832-7526.
- The Social Security Administration
applications for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income. For info, call toll free:
- Protection and Advocacy for People with
Disabilities provides a variety of assistance for people with disabilities who feel their
rights are violated or are having difficulty accessing services. For info, call toll free: (866) 275-7273.
- The SC Department of Mental Health
a full range of community and inpatient services to citizens of all ages who have emotional or psychiatric
problems. For info, call toll free: (800)763-1024.
- The SC
Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Head and Spinal Cord Injury Division offers
information and referrals, service coordination to directly assist an individual in accessing all
appropriate public and private resources, and an array of other services and supports. For info, call toll
free (888) 376-4636.
- Community Long Term Care helps
individuals who want to live at home, need assistance with their care, and are financially eligible for
Medicaid. For info, call toll free: (888) 549-0820.
- The Free Medical Clinic
quality healthcare at no cost to residents who cannot pay for such services and who have no health
insurance. To qualify for the clinic, individuals must meet two conditions: have no health insurance
and have a household income at or below 133% of the federal poverty level. For info, call: (803) 765-1503.
- The Benefit Bank of
SC, a program of the SC Office of Rural Health, is an online service that simplifies and
centralizes the process of applying for many state and federal benefits for those with low or
moderate-incomes. The program ensures that people are aware of the benefits to which they are entitled
and maximize those they can secure. For info, call toll free: (800) 726-8774.
- The SC Department of
Education, Office of Exceptional Children ensures that all children with disabilities in South
Carolina have a free and appropriate public education, protects the rights of these children and their
parents, and provides leadership to school districts and state-operated programs in the provision of
appropriate special education and related services. For info, call: (803) 734-8224.
- BabyNet at SC First
Steps is an early intervention program that provides services to infants and toddlers younger
than 3 years of age with developmental delays or who have conditions associated with developmental delays.
To the maximum extent possible, services are provided in the child's natural environments. For info,
call the toll-free Care Line (855) 472-3432, or call (803)734-8077. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.