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Bureau of Disease Control

By law, DHEC is mandated "to investigate the reported causes of communicable or epidemic disease and to enforce or prescribe such preventive measures as may be needed to suppress or prevent the spread of such diseases." The program's major activity involves HIV, other STDs, TB, protection from measles, polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks from other communicable diseases. Because all South Carolinians may be subject to communicable disease, we cannot abdicate our responsibility to monitor and control communicable diseases.

Bureau of Laboratories

Services include patient testing for sexually transmitted diseases and well-child tests, and reference services for sophisticated or uncommon agents for other laboratories in South Carolina.

Continuum of Care for Emotionally Disturbed Children Home Page

The Continuum of Care is an office in the Children’s Services Division within the Office of the Governor that serves children with severe emotional disturbance. The Continuum has one administrative office (State Office) in Columbia and four regional offices located in Columbia, North Charleston, Greenville and Florence that provide services throughout the state. The Continuum is funded primarily with state revenues and Medicaid funds.

Division of Children, Adolescents, and Their Families

It is our desire for every family in South Carolina to have an array of services available to them in their home communities or on regional basis, at the very least, and that child and adolescent mental health professionals utilize a "best practices approach" in caring for the children and families that we are privileged to serve.

Emergency Medical Services

DHEC-EMS is responsible for developing and enforcing all of the standards and regulations necessary for the improvement of emergency medical services in South Carolina.

Office of Children's Affairs Home Page

The Governor's Office of Children's Affairs advocates for improved services for children and families in the public sector by providing Constituent Services for children and families and reviewing cases through the Children's Case Resolution System (CCRS). The Office of Children's Affairs seeks to ensure the delivery of the best possible services to the children and families of South Carolina.

South Carolina 2-1-1

Every hour of every day, someone in South Carolina needs essential services-from finding substance abuse assistance, getting the latest information in a crisis, to securing adequate care for a child or an aging parent. Faced with a huge number of public and private agencies, help lines, and phone numbers, people often don't know where to turn or how to get through ‘the maze’. In many cases, people end up going without these necessary and readily available services because they do not know where to start. SC 2-1-1 will provide South Carolinians with information about and referrals to services throughout the State for every day needs and in times of crisis.

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