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

Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center Receives Accreditation

Columbia, SC - The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center (Aiken-Barnwell), for a period of three years, in the following areas: Community Integration: Psychosocial Rehabilitation Adults; 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.

“Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center should be extremely proud of the three year accreditation,” said Deputy Director of Community Mental Health Services Geoffrey J. Mason. “It is indicative of the hard work of the staff and the fact that quality services are being provided every day to children and adults in Aiken and Barnwell counties. Three year accreditation is the best you can get, and I extend my congratulations to the staff for this achievement.”

In fiscal year 2012, Aiken-Barnwell served 4,520 individuals, including 1,559 children and 144 individuals over the age of 65. It provides services to Aiken and Barnwell 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.