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


October 12, 2011
Contact:   DMH Office of Public Affairs
                  Phone: (803) 898-8581


Lexington County Community Mental Health Centers Receives Re-accreditation

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

The LCCMHC provides services to adults, children, and families affected by serious mental illnesses and significant emotional disorders in Lexington County.  In fiscal year 2011, the Center served 5,796 patients, 2,028 of whom were children and 270 of whom were over the age of 65.

“This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards,” said LCCMHC Executive Director Rick Acton. “Our staff demonstrated to a team of surveyors during the on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.”

All 17 of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s community mental health centers are accredited by CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers, which 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 serves approximately 100,000 citizens with mental illness, approximately 30,000 of whom are children and adolescents.  The Department provides care via an outpatient, community-based system, comprising 17 community mental health centers, four psychiatric hospitals, three veterans’ nursing homes, and one community nursing home.