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


January 31, 2011

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


Waccamaw Center for Mental Health Receives Accreditation

Columbia, SC - The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health (Waccamaw), for a period of three years, in the following areas:  Case Management/Services Coordination (Adults), Case Management/Services Coordination (Children and Adolescents), 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 don’t recall a CARF team ever reporting as many positives as this last group,” said Waccamaw Executive Director Murry Chesson, MA, LPC/S, LMFT/S. “The surveyors particularly liked the professional and positive attitude of our staff members, especially in the face of so much change. They also commended the relationships the Center has within the local community.”

In fiscal year 2010, Waccamaw served 7,322 individuals, including 3,388 children and 170 individuals over the age of 65.  It provides services to Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg counties.  To learn more about the Center, visit  

Each of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s 17 community mental health centers is accredited by CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers. CARF credentials more than 5,900 providers in over 19,000 locations, and its 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.