SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Columbia, South Carolina

 

OFFICE OF THE STATE DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH
DIRECTIVE NO. 876-06
 
(3-100)

TO: All Organizational Components

SUBJECT: Departmental Recreational Areas

I. POLICY:

The Department of Mental Health is committed to providing the best quality of life possible for the clients entrusted into our care. As part of this commitment, the Department recognizes the importance of a comprehensive recreational activities program. In order to support these recreational activities, the Department of Mental Health maintains one outdoor recreational area, Village Lake

II. APPROVED ACTIVITIES

Village Lake – Fishing is approved. Swimming and boating are prohibited.

III. AUTHORIZED USE

The departmental recreational areas are primarily designated for client recreational activities. All facilities of the Department of Mental Health are strongly encouraged to use these areas to their fullest potential. These facilities are also available to Midlands Center, Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, for client activities only. Employees, retired employees, and relatives/guests accompanied by employees or retired employees may purchase one day fishing permits for $2.00 each. No more than fifteen permits may be sold each day for Village Lake Recreational Area. The number of people using a single shelter for a particular activity will be limited to twenty-five (25). Revenues derived from these fees shall be used to maintain the recreational areas.

IV. RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Administrative Services - Grounds Maintenance Division
    This Division shall be responsible for the general maintenance and upkeep of the recreational area.
  2. Morris Village - Shall be responsible for collecting fees for fishing permits for use of Village Lake, depositing proceeds to the appropriate account, and scheduling all activities for Village Lake.
  3. Public Safety Services - This Division shall be responsible for enforcing departmental regulations and state laws as it pertains to the use of this facility. Public Safety shall issue passes for use of this facility when presented with a receipt of payment.
  4. Clinical Staff - The appropriate clinical staff of Village Lake shall be responsible for planning appropriate recreational activities, scheduling and using Village Lake to its fullest potential.

This directive supersedes SCDMH Directive No. 720-88 dated August 16, 1988, entitled "Departmental Recreational Areas”.

John Connery's signature

John J. Connery, M.A.
Interim State Director  

August 24, 2006