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January 2020 Newsletter

New Community Champion Award This year P&A is introducing a new Community Champion award that we will be presenting during our annual award ceremony at the Celebrating Abilities Gala. This award will be given to an individual, business, or organization anywhere in South Carolina that fully embodies P&A’s vision that people with disabilities are able…

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December Newsletter

P&A Service Highlight: Systemic Advocacy P&A staff work to improve laws, regulations, policies, or practices to prevent abuse or neglect of individuals with disabilities, and work to enable individuals with disabilities to gain greater independence and full inclusion in the community and workplace. P&A does this by producing oral and written comments in response to…

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November 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch Children with disabilities often land in the correctional system after they are failed by other systems that are meant to help them. Here in South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill, called Raise the Age, three years ago. The purpose of this bill was to raise the maximum age that teenagers could be considered…

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October 2019 Newsletter

New P&A Report: The Continued Suppression of Voters with Disabilities in South Carolina P&A has released a new report outlining how many South Carolina polling places continue to be inaccessible for voters with disabilities. P&A surveyed 32 polling places in 20 counties throughout South Carolina in the November 6, 2018 midterm election, which they had…

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New Report: The Continued Suppression of Voters with Disabilities in South Carolina

Today Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A)  released a new report  outlining how many South Carolina polling places continue to be inaccessible for voters with disabilities. P&A  surveyed 32 polling places in 20 counties throughout South Carolina in the November 6, 2018 midterm election, which they had found to be inaccessible four…

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New P&A Goals

2019-2020  Approved by Board of Directors – September 14, 2019 Effective October 1, 2019 GOAL 1:  Reduce incidents of serious abuse, neglect, and exploitation of individuals with disabilities, including inappropriate restraint and seclusion in residential and day program settings. GOAL 2:  To facilitate the community integration of individuals with disabilities by protecting their rights to…

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LAC Audit of Children’s Behavioral Health Services at HHS

The South Carolina Legislative Audit Council (LAC) published their much anticipated report on Children’s Behavioral Health Services at the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS).  The LAC makes 57 recommendations, 52 of which were made to HHS, that cut across several areas of review.  From rates to accountability and provider networks, they dug…

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September 2019 Newsletter

P&A Service Highlight The Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) program was created to allow P&As to assist individuals with disabilities in getting, using, or the care of assistive technology devices or assistive technology services through case management, legal representation and self-advocacy training. Assistive Technology (AT) devices or services are things that help people…

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Medicaid Bulletin: Hurricane Dorian Emergency Response Provider Provisions

MEDICAID BULLETIN TO: All Providers SUBJECT: Hurricane Dorian Emergency Response Provider Provisions The purpose of this bulletin is to describe state and federal efforts to ensure continued access to care during the emergency response to Hurricane Dorian and the impact these efforts will have on Healthy Connections Medicaid beneficiaries and providers. The South Carolina Department…

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August 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch Back To School Tips: The beginning of a school year can be an exciting yet stressful time for students and families. Below are some suggestions and resources to help make sure this school year is successful. • Parents and students should review the IEP or 504 plan. Parents include your children as much…

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