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


October 20, 2010

DMH Office of Public Affairs
(803) 898-8581


Berkeley Community Mental Health Center Receives Accreditations

Columbia, SC - The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Berkeley Community Mental Health Center (Berkeley), 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 Community Mental Health Services division.

“We consider it a privilege to serve our clients and families and to work with supportive community partners, said Executive Director Deborah T. Calcote.  “We strive every day to provide quality treatment that supports recovery and resilience.  The Center employees, board of directors, and community stakeholders are proud that this national accreditation recognizes our contributions to Berkeley County.”

Berkeley served 2,591 people, including 698 children and 89 individuals over the age of 65, in fiscal year 2009.  It provides services to Berkeley County.

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 101,000 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.