Community Residential Care Facilities

DMH CRCF Patients Served

As of January 5, 2016, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH) provides services to 1,153 patients living in community residential care facilities (CRCFs) across the state.  Overall, DMH patients use less than 7% of the 17,575 CRCF beds licensed by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

Of the patients served, over half (64%) are male and (35%) are female.  More than half (70%) of the patients are African-American and (36%) are Caucasian.  The average age of the 1,153 patients served is 56.  The majority of the (82%) of patients served have a diagnosis of a severe and persistent mental illness.

Patients living in CRCFs who receive services from their local mental health center receive a variety of services including, but not limited to:

  • an array of counseling services
  • clinical care coordination
  • rehabilitation psychosocial programs

Patients who live in CRCFs may be provided skill building activities in psychosocial rehabilitation programs.  DMH Community Mental Health Centers may also provide training to CRCF staff on:

  • mental illnesses
  • medication and there side effects
  • rights of residents
  • communicating effectively
  • procedures to follow in case of a psychiatric emergency


Updated 1-6-16