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


December 16, 2010

Issued by:       DMH Office of Public Affairs
(803) 898-8581


Sale and Purchase Agreement for Bull Street Property Signed

Columbia, SC - The South Carolina Department of Mental Health and Hughes Development Corporation today completed an agreement with the Hughes Development Corporation of Greenville, South Carolina for the sale of most of the former campus of the South Carolina State Hospital.

“The Mental Health Commission and I believe that the agreement is a fair one and achieves the goal of getting a good deal for the Department of Mental Health and the patients which DMH serves,” stated John H. Magill, the State Director. “However, there is much more to be done before the Agreement can take effect.”

The contract contingencies include a contingency for obtaining necessary approvals from a Court and the State Budget and Control Board, and a contingency for the rezoning of the property by means of a Development Agreement acceptable to both the Hughes Development Corporation and the City of Columbia.

For its part, the Department will next be preparing to formally present the Agreement to a Court and to the Budget and Control Board for approval. 

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 100,000 citizens, including 30,000 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:               Mark Binkley
                                                                                                General Counsel
                                                                                                Ph.  803-898-8557
                                                                                                Fax 803-898-8554