Community Residential Care Facilities

Protection and Advocacy’s Team Advocacy Project

Established in 1977, Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) is mandated by state and federal law to protect the legal, civil and human rights of people with disabilities in South Carolina.

P&A’s Team Advocacy Project was designed in response to repeated concerns about the quality of life for people in institutions and community residential care facilities. The Joint Legislative Governor’s Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation initially approved the Team Advocacy Project on July 16, 1985.

The Team Advocacy Project advocate and trained volunteer(s) conduct unannounced inspections of facilities using a survey instrument. The inspection will be resident focused; addressing resident’s access to clothing and hygiene, adaptive equipment, medical care, transportation, and personal needs allowance. In addition, the facility will be toured to address general fire and safety hazards, maintenance, housekeeping, and furnishings. The residents will be interviewed and a meal will be observed.

A written report is sent to the CRCF administrator and to state agencies, including the Department of Mental Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Department of Social Services, Board of Long Term Health Care Administrators, and the Attorney General’s Office. The report is also sent to mental health advocacy organizations.

The CRCF administrator is asked to respond to the report within 15 days of receipt. The Team Advocate will mail the administrator’s response to all agencies who received the original report.

To learn more about Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. and Team Advocacy, visit their Web site at  To receive a copy of the survey tool, please call Protection and Advocacy's Team Advocacy Project at 1-866-275-7273.