South Carolina Department of Mental Health
2414 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29202
News Release

For Immediate Release
April 28, 2008
Contact: John Hutto
Office of Public Affairs


Conference to Highlight Healthcare Collaboration

Columbia, SC:  The S.C. Department of Mental Health, the S.C. Hospital Association, the S. C. Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the S. C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and other sponsors will host the Sixth Annual Behavioral Health Best Practices Conference April 29-30, 2008, in Columbia at the S.C. Hospital Association’s William L. Yates Conference Center.

The goal of the conference is to ensure that behavioral health professionals have access to those practices that will help them help people with mental illness and a substance abuse disorder (co-occurring disorder) recover and lead successful lives in their communities.

The key presenter on day one will be Dartmouth Medical School’s Kim Mueser, Ph.D., who will speak on trauma and PTSD among people with a co-occurring disorder.
Though South Carolina has a comprehensive healthcare system with numerous local hospitals and separate physician services sites, too many citizens lack the financial and insurance resources to access these services. Added to this shortage are the large number of returning service men and women suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The two-day program will also feature presentations from other nationally known experts on such topics as creating effective treatment teams and detoxification and treatment. A panel comprised of the leadership from participating state agencies will discuss South Carolina’s collaborative efforts for managing people with a co-occurring disorder.