FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 4, 2010
Contact: DMH Office of Public Affairs
Phone: (803) 898-8581
South Carolina Department of Mental Health to Hold Statewide Community Forums
Columbia, SC – In an effort to encourage community involvement and interagency cooperation, the Department of Mental Health will hold 24 community forums statewide over the next 12 months. The forums will be held at each of the Department’s mental health centers, hospitals, and nursing homes. State Director John H. Magill will provide opening statements and foster open discussion with staff, community leaders, and stakeholders from agencies and businesses.
Focusing on behavioral health issues, these meetings will spotlight local accomplishments and areas that need improvement. A goal of these forums is to enhance community relations and raise understanding of the far-reaching benefits of working together. As such, they will provide opportunities to network, collaborate, and pool resources to meet common goals and better serve local communities.
To date, forums have been held at the Beckman Center for Mental Health Services in Greenwood and the Catawba Community Mental Health Center in Rock Hill. Many ideas have been generated that, once implemented, will improve the quality and efficiency of mental health services. A key issue that was raised was the need to improve early detection and treatment methods, especially for returning veterans. The next forum will be held Thursday, August 12, at 6:00 p.m., at the Charleston/Dorchester Mental Health Center, located at 2100 Charlie Hall Boulevard in Charleston. For more information, call (803) 898-7659.
The South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s mission is to support the recovery of people with mental illnesses, giving priority to adults with serious and persistent mental illness and to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. The Agency serves approximately 102,000 citizens, including 33,000 children and adolescents, and provides outpatient services through a network of seventeen community mental health centers and numerous clinics. It also operates four hospitals, one community nursing care center, and three veterans’ nursing homes.