Health and Social Services
Department of Social Services
The South Carolina Department of Social Services provides assistance and protection programs for adults, children and families.
Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) protects public health and the state's land, air and water quality.
Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Richland County CASA advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Richland County Family Court by providing quality volunteer and legal representation to ensure every child a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Volunteers to serve as Guardians ad Litem are always needed.
Rehabilitation centers (drug and alcohol addiction)
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a seasonal USDA grant program that provides access to fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets and is designed to increase awareness and use of community markets. Benefits are first-come, first-served. To be eligible, you must be 60 or older, reside in one of 42 participating counties, and make 185% of the federal poverty income limit or less.
Click here to complete the application.
Health Care Services
Several South Carolina health systems make telehealth options available to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. In order to access the free consult, use the promo code COVID19.
Mental Health Resources
The outbreak of COVID-19 might be stressful for some. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Please contact the following agencies to determine whether their services might be helpful for you:
Financial Assistance Resources
If you are short on funds to pay major bills or aren't sure where to start with the unemployment filing process, please use the following links:
MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Downtown (formerly Providence Hospital)
2435 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29204
MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Northeast (formerly Providence Hospital Northeast)
120 Gateway Corporate Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29203
Prisma Health Baptist
Taylor and Marion streets
Columbia, SC 29220
Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge
400 Palmetto Health Parkway
Columbia, SC 29212
Prisma Health Richland
5 Richland Medical Park Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209