Car Seat Checks
Safe Kids Upstate sponsors nine permanent car seat inspection stations at the Greer Fire Department, Bradshaw Automotive Breakaway, Medshore Ambulance Service, Belmont Fire Department, Fountain Inn Fire Department, Lake Cunningham Fire Department, Parker Fire Department, Easley Fire Station No. 2, and Seneca Fire Department. All stations require that you make an appointment. Schedule an appointment online or call 864-454-1100.
Domestic Violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Abuse is a repetitive pattern of behaviors to maintain power and control over an intimate partner. These are behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. Abuse includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Medicaid is South Carolina’s aid program by which the federal and state governments share the cost of providing medical care for people who meet certain eligibility criteria. The Medicaid program is administered by the S.C. Department of Health & Human Services (SCDHHS). SCDHHS’s mission is to manage the Medicaid program to ultimately provide the best health care value for South Carolinians. You may apply for Medicaid at your local DSS office or online at the SC Department of Health and Human Services.
Medicaid Transportation is for members who have no other means of getting to a doctor. Transportation is available for doctor appointments, dialysis, x-rays, lab work, or other medical appointments. To arrange Medicaid Transportation, call at least 3 days prior to your appointment. To cancel a ride, call at least 24 hours in advance.
Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) & Family Independence (FI)
The Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has served as the foundation of America’s national nutrition safety net, working to end hunger and improve the health of low-income people by helping families buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. The Family Independence (FI) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. You may apply for SNAP and FI at your local DSS office or online at the South Carolina Multi-Agency Partnership Portal.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control offers the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. This is a special supplemental food program that is federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture to assist states in preserving the health and nutritional wellbeing of our low-income women, infants, and children during critical growth periods.
Professional staff assigns a food package tailored to the participant’s nutritious needs. The food can include milk, cheese, cereal, eggs, beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, food and formula for infants, etc. Fully breastfeeding mothers receive the largest variety and amount of food.
The WIC program also provides information on breastfeeding, along with support and assistance for breastfeeding mothers. Educational materials that teach about the many benefits of breastfeeding are also provided.
Mental Health Resources
One in seven mothers experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy or the postpartum period. This can include exhaustion, appetite or sleep disturbances, mood swings, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed. Any parent can suffer from pregnancy or postpartum mood/anxiety disorders. However, with informed care you can prevent a worsening of symptoms and can fully recover.
Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Support International (PSI) is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to helping women and families suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. PSI provides support thru a Warm-line and “Chat with the Expert” phone sessions. The PSI website contains information and articles about pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders; a comprehensive list of free support groups; knowledgeable local coordinators who will offer support, information, and resources; guide to resources on the web; calendar of events in the perinatal mood disorders community; latest news & research; and a member’s section for access & networking. You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.
Compass of Carolina
Compass of Carolina’s Counseling Program provides affordable counseling for individuals, couples, children, adolescents, and families.