South Carolina Department of Mental Health

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


November 13, 2012

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


Pee Dee Mental Health Center Receives Accreditation

Columbia, SC - The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Pee Dee Mental Health Center (Pee Dee MHC), for a period of three years, in the following areas: Crisis Intervention-Mental Health Adults; Crisis Intervention-Mental Health Children and Adolescents; Outpatient Treatment-Mental Health Adults; and Outpatient Treatment-Mental Health 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.

“Receiving this three year accreditation proves how committed we are to providing the best services for our clients in the communities we serve,” said Pee Dee MHC Executive Director Stuart Shields. “We are very excited and will continue to build on this endorsement moving forward.”

In fiscal year 2012, Pee Dee MHC served 4,350 individuals, including 1,745 children and 162 individuals over the age of 65. It provides services to Florence, Darlington, and Marion 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 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.