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


December 16, 2010

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


Charleston/Dorchester Mental Health Center Receives Accreditations

Columbia, SC - The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Charleston/Dorchester Mental Health Center (Charleston/Dorchester), for a period of three years, in the areas of Outpatient Treatment: Adults and Outpatient Treatment: Children and Adolescents.  Operated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, the Center is a component of the Agency’s Division of Community Mental Health Services.

“I am very proud that CARF noted among our strengths our skilled and caring staff,” said Charleston/Dorchester Executive Director Debbie Blalock.  “Their enthusiasm and dedication to our clients’ growth and development is part of why the Center continues to be a state leader in developing and providing mental health services.”

In fiscal year 2010, Charleston/Dorchester served 7,340 individuals, including 2,595 children and 245 individuals over the age of 65.  It provides services to Charleston and Dorchester counties.  To learn more about the Center, visit

"The Department of Mental Health is pleased that all 17 of its community mental health centers are CARF accredited,” said Deputy Director of Community Mental Health Services Geoffrey J. Mason,  “The comments from surveyors are consistently excellent, and reflect the dedication our Agency's staff has to providing South Carolina's citizens with quality mental health services."

CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers, credentials more than 5,900 providers in over 19,000 locations; CARF-accredited providers serve more than 8.3 million people of all ages each year.

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.