South Carolina Department of Mental Health

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


October 15, 2012
Contact: DMH Office of Public Affairs
Phone: (803) 898-8581


Wilson Appointed to SC Mental Health Commission

Columbia, SC: Sharon L. Wilson, FACHE, CEAP, of Piedmont, SC, has been appointed to serve as a member of the South Carolina Mental Health Commission representing South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional district.

Wilson serves as director of Behavioral Health Operations at Greenville Hospital Systems, where she has worked for 18 years. The Pittsburgh native has also worked in community mental health centers in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Wilson received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in Management from Webster University. She has received her Certification in Employee Assistance Programs (CEAP) and is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE).

Wilson’s interest in psychology and mental health began as a young child, when she lost someone close to her to suicide. Her goal has been to make an impact on one person or group and change something for the better. To that end, she hopes that as a commissioner, she can guide the Department in continuing to collaborate with the private sector. “I recognize the challenges both the public and private sectors face in their service to citizens’ mental health,” she said, “but I look at this as an opportunity. These are exciting times.”

The SC Mental Health Commission is the governing body of the SC Department of Mental Health and has jurisdiction over the state’s public mental health system. Its seven members are appointed for five-year terms by the governor with advice and consent of the Senate.

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, including approximately 30,000 children and adolescents and provides outpatient services through a network of seventeen community mental health centers and numerous clinics. The Agency also operates four hospitals, one community nursing care center, and three veterans’ nursing homes.