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


February 18, 2010
Contact:   DMH Office of Public Affairs

                  Phone: (803) 898-8585

Mental Health Employees Honored at Cross Cultural Conference

SC Department of Mental Health employees Shirley Furtick and Madelyn Martin were recognized February 12 at the 32nd annual Cross Cultural Conference, held in Myrtle Beach.  Sponsored by the Action Council for Cross Cultural Mental Health and Human Services, the conference aims to provide information, education, and practice skills based on outcomes of outreach studies, social policies, and models for best practices.

Furtick, a program director in the Office of Community Mental Health Services, received the Presidential Award.  This award is given annually in recognition of the recipient’s dedication and support toward the mission of the Action Council and consistent work to make the conference a success.

Martin, an administrative coordinator in the Office of Community Mental Health Services, received the Irene Singleton Award.  Ms. Singleton was employed with the Columbia Area Mental Health Center’s Fairfield clinic for several years until her death in 1992.  In honor of her memory, the staff of the Clinic established the Irene Singleton Award in 1993 to be awarded annually during the Cross Cultural Conference.  Recipients of the award demonstrate commitment to their agency, loyalty to fellow staff, personal resilience, compassion and concern for others, and are involved in cross-cultural activities.

“Madelyn and Shirley are deserving recipients of these awards,” said Geoff Mason, director of Community Mental Health Services.  “Their loyalty to those we serve and to their fellow staff make both of them assets to this division and this agency.”

The Department of Mental Health serves approximately 102,000 citizens including 33,000 children and adolescents with mental illnesses.  The Department provides outpatient services through a network of seventeen community mental health centers and numerous clinics.  It also operates four psychiatric hospitals as well as three nursing centers, including two for veterans.