South Carolina Department of Mental Health

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


November 19, 2012

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


Piedmont Center for Mental Health Services Receives Accreditation

Columbia, SC - The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Piedmont Center for Mental Health Services (Piedmont CMHS), for a period of three years, in the following areas: Community Integration-Psychosocial Rehabilitation Adults; Outpatient Treatment-Mental Health Adults; Outpatient Treatment-Mental Health Children and Adolescents; Residential Treatment Adults; and Residential Treatment-Psychosocial Rehabilitation Adults. Operated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, the Center is a component of the Agency’s Division of Community Mental Health Services.

Piedmont CMHS Executive Director Joe James said, “Our staff are dedicated to excellence in providing the mental health service needs of our clients. They are committed to maintaining accreditation standards in all program and service areas at all times. It is great to have CARF, an international accrediting organization, to give us this stamp of approval.”

In fiscal year 2012, Piedmont CMHS served 4,839 individuals, including 1,692 children and 197 individuals over the age of 65. It provides services to south Greenville County.

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.