South Carolina Department of Mental Health

NEWS RELEASE
South Carolina Department of Mental Health
2414 Bull Street/P.O. Box 485, Columbia, SC 29202

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 03, 2012

Contact:   DMH Office of Public Affairs
                  Phone: (803) 898-8581
                  E-mail: tll06@scdmh.org

 

Beckman Center for Mental Health Services Receives Accreditation

Columbia, SC - The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Beckman Center for Mental Health Services (Beckman), for a period of three years, in the following areas: Mental Health Case Management/Services Coordination for Adults; Mental Health Case Management/Services Coordination for Children and Adolescents; Mental Health Outpatient Treatment for Adults; and Mental Health Outpatient Treatment for Children and Adolescents.

In addition to its accreditation areas, the Center received no recommendations from surveyors. According to CARF, this means, “they did not identify any areas of nonconformance to the standards. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, as only 3% of CARF surveys result in no recommendations.” 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 proud to work at a Center with staff who strive to maintain such a high quality of care for our clients and families,” said Beckman Executive Director Melanie Gambrell. “We will continue to pursue opportunities in order to enhance our standards of care.”

In fiscal year 2012, Beckman served 3,788 individuals, including 1,633 children and 152 individuals over the age of 65. It provides services to Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties. To learn more about the Center, visit www.beckmancenter.com.

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 6,000 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 with mental illnesses, including approximately 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.

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