Polly Best Center
The Polly Best center is a free standing satellite office of the Aiken-Barnwell MHC located in Barnwell, South Carolina. It is unique in its delivery of services as it not only provides mental health services to the clients of the Polly Best Center but also provides assessment and treatment services to the population at the Barnwell County Detention Center and assessment services to the Barnwell County Hospital. The clinic proper is composed of Adult Outpatient, Child-Adolescent-and Family Services, the New Hope Program (Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services), Peer Support Services (which includes a co-occurring disorder group), and Crisis Services.
The Polly Best Center offers Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment through one psychiatrist that is available three days a week and Nursing services available four days a week. All programs are available Monday through Friday (note the limits to the Nursing and Psychiatrist availability). Crisis Services are available throughout the regular work week.
Individual, family, group, RPS, PSS, and crisis services are available at this center.
The client is initially assessed and then assigned to a credentialed therapist that allow for the client’s specialized needs to be met. Based on the adult, child, or adolescent needs the client is provided services at this center. All clients in Barnwell County are served by this center.
For hearing impaired and non-English speaking clients, there are therapists from the SC Department of Mental Health who are trained in sign language and interpreters are available. The Polly Best Center is handicapped available.
This center works closely with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Social Services, Axis 1, Vocational Rehab, the Department of Probation and Parole, the Housing Authority, the local schools, Barnwell County Hospital, and the Barnwell County Detention Center. This center places particular importance on networking with all of the human service agencies in Barnwell County to maximize our work with our clients and to provide the best possible options to assist our clients in problem resolution.
The center has credentialed therapists working with adults, children, and adolescents in outpatient-clinic based services. In addition, there is a credentialed therapist working in the New Hope (RPS) program and a Peer Support Program.