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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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July 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch This week is National Disability Voter Registration Week, July 15 – 19. Did you know that if people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities in 2016, there would have been an additional 2.2 million votes cast? Together, lets #REVUP and make sure the disability vote is heard. Join…

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P&A Community Feedback Survey

We need your help! Protection and Advocacy wants to hear from people with disabilities, families, professionals, and the general public about what issues impact the disability community in South Carolina. If you would like to share your thoughts, please complete our survey. Online Survey Download and print Download and print (large print)  

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June 2019 Newsletter

Olmstead 20th Anniversary On June 22, 2019, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Olmstead. This landmark decision has increased community participation and independence of people with disabilities across the country. In the decision the United States Supreme Court held that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of Title II of the Americans…

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New SC Voting System

The state of South Carolina announced this week the award of a contract for a new statewide voting system. Throughout the process, P&A advocated for a system that would allow people with disabilities to vote independently and privately. On multiple occasion, P&A provided written and oral testimony explaining the importance of accessibility to decision makers….

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May 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch Governor McMaster signed Senate Bill 281 on May 16, 2019. The bill makes several changes to South Carolina law surrounding assistance animals. S. 281 initially provided that an individual who “fakes” a service animal would be criminally liable for the deception. P&A was concerned that confusion over what constituted a service animal could…

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