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Settlement Reached to Increase Community-based Mental Health Services in South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina — Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) and several individuals with disabilities have reached a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) resolving a complaint filed in May of 2017. The agreement calls for, among other enhancements, expansion of SCDMH crisis services aimed at preventing involuntary…

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February 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch P&A works to ensure that the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Help America Vote Act (HAVA) affecting voters with disabilities are upheld. Currently there are six voting bills concerning a new voting system for South Carolina. P&A is advocating for a universal voting system for the state that is…

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Celebrating Abilities- Annual Gala

P&A’s fundraiser, Celebrating Abilities, hosts over 200 supporters across the state who come together for a night filled with silent and live auctions, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and an award ceremony. Friday, May 3, 2019 6-9 p.m. Nelson Mullins The Meridian Building, 17th Floor 1320 Main Street, Columbia, SC To purchase tickets online…

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Annual Impact Report

ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT Fiscal Year 2017-2018 New P&A Program: In March 2018, a bipartisan Social Security bill unanimously passed in Congress and created a much needed new P&A program to monitor Social Security Administration (SSA) representative payees. Legal Representation: P&A provided legal representation to 578 individuals with disabilities who had been abused, neglected, denied services…

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P&A Announces Resolution in DDSN Regulations Case

P&A is pleased to announce a resolution in the P&A vs. DDSN regulations case.  In 2007, P&A and a group of individuals sued the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) for not complying with the state law which requires that government agencies must issue regulations. DDSN does not have regulations for many important…

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P&A Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A), is extremely pleased to announce Beth Franco as the new Executive Director of P&A, effective January 2019. Ms. Franco is originally from Pennsylvania and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Economics, and received a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management…

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Take Our Post Election Survey

Post-Election Voter Survey The South Carolina Disability Voting Coalition and P&A want to know about your experience voting in the November 2018 Midterm Election. Please complete this quick post election survey. Online Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/scvotingsurvey. To download a paper copy or fill out a pdf and return via email: November 2018 Voting Survey For directions…

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New Conference: Preparing for 2019 Changes to Guardianships

Preparing for 2019: Changes to Guardianships and Protective Proceedings Under the New Article 5 of the Probate Code The South Carolina Bar CLE Division, the South Carolina Bar Elder Law Committee, Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc., and the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council are proud to present an important two-day conference entitled…

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A Letter from Social Security Administration

Dear Third-Party Organizations: We are writing to inform you of an update to the Representative Payee program that might affect you and the community you serve. The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018 was signed into law on April 13. One of the provisions of the law directs SSA to award grants…

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Voter Registration Deadline Extended

The voter registration deadline in South Carolina has been extended until October 17. Would you like to learn more about voting? As a voter with a disability, you have the right to: Vote privately and independently Have an accessible polling place Have wheelchair accessible voting booths Voting equipment that is accessible to voters who are…

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