Adult Protection in South Carolina is governed by the Omnibus Adult Protection Act. The three investigative bodies that are responsible for Adult Protection in South Carolina are the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Vulnerable Adults Investigations Unit of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and the Adult Protective Services Program (APS) of the Department of Social Services (DSS). These bodies investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation based on where the alleged maltreatment occurred.
The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program investigates reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation in licensed nursing homes, community residential care facilities, or assisted living facilities. To make a report of maltreatment in one of these settings, call 1(800)868-9095.
The SLED Special Victims Unit investigates reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation in residential facilities contracted or operated by the Department of Mental Health or Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. To make a report of maltreatment in one of these settings, call 1(866)200-6066 or 1-888-CARE4US.
The SCDSS Adult Advocacy Division administers the APS Program, charged with investigating non-criminal reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation in community settings, such as the adult’s home. To make a report of maltreatment that occurred in a community setting, call 1(888)227-3487, or click here to report online.
In addition to APS, the DSS Adult Advocacy Division also administers the Domestic Violence Program.
To learn more about the Adult Advocacy Division, click here.
To learn more about Adult Protective Services, click here.
To learn more about the Domestic Violence Program, click here.