Four years after an initial study found conditions in many South Carolina community residential care facilities were unsuitable, a follow-up report by a nonprofit group shows little has changed.

The group, Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, released the new report today.

It found that conditions in these residential care facilities are “dirty, do not provide enough food, do not appropriately administer physician prescribed medications, violate residents’ rights and do not provide protection from potential harm.”

According to the report, there are 477 licensed community care residential facilities in South Carolina with 16,999 beds.

The nonprofit calls on state legislators and agencies to address the issues.

A full copy of the Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities report is available online.

Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.