Gov. Nikki Haley names new leader for South Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday nominated her former deputy chief of staff to replace the outgoing director of South Carolina's Medicaid agency.

Independent ends run for South Carolina governor endorses Vincent Sheheen

...two agreed on a number of issues. When Ervin jumped in the race, he immediately took aim at Haley and her Department of Social Services, saying testimony before a Senate panel about the beating death of a 4-year-old Richland County boy prompted...

DHEC: SC infant mortality lowest in decades

...according to Sue Williams of the Children's Trust of South Carolina, comes in the form of working with the Department of Social Services and other agencies to get make sure families have safe places for their babies to sleep. Some other benefits...

Challengers hammer South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in last debate before election

...before the Nov. 4 election.Ervin said he decided to run because of how Haley had handled problems at the Department of Social Services. He said she stood by while an incompetent leader let children be abused and killed."She knew when she...

Senator: Law on day care training needs penalties

...annual training required by "Kendra's Law," reports The Greenville News , according to its review of state Department of Social Services records.The law applies to the hundreds of unlicensed caretakers who are registered with the state to keep...

Senators: DSS must quickly hire caseworkers

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's Department of Social Services must immediately hire more caseworkers to stem a child welfare crisis and not wait until legislators pass a budget next year...

SC governor candidate's call for DSS session called unrealistic

...gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin has asked the Legislature to return to Columbia for a special session to take the Department of Social Services out from under Gov. Nikki Haley's control ? a request rejected Monday as unrealistic grandstanding 50 days...

5 children were killed at home, sheriff says

...and the family took a summer trip to Disney World and the beach, according to documents released by the Department of Social Services on Thurs day. Authorities never found anything serious enough to take the children away, but the documents...

Workloads, turnover plague SC child welfare agency

...vulnerable children have been burdened with heavy caseloads for years, contributing to chronic high turnover in the Department of Social Services.That's according to a review of data The Associated Press received through a public records request.Senators...

South Carolina DSS director outlines $6.4 million plan to hire, keep caseworkers

...Outlining plans to add 221 employees to help protect South Carolina's abused and neglected children, the acting Department of Social Services director told lawmakers Friday that she is working to make substantial changes without entirely altering the...