South Carolina Department of Mental Health

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


September 20, 2012

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



Columbia, SC - On Friday, September 21, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) will host a daylong continuing education program, “A Psychiatric Update for Mental Health Professionals,” in the Forum at the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia. The program, which is designed for physicians, nurses, and other mental health professionals, will also be broadcast live via video conferencing to SCDMH’s 17 mental health centers and satellite offices across the state.

This annual continuing education program is developed in-house by SCDMH’s Division of Evaluation, Training and Research. It is based on needs identified by staff, and is conducted at no cost to the Agency. Staff members who attend receive continuing education credit they may use when renewing their licenses to practice. The event, which provides professionals with the most current Best Practices in Psychiatry, is designed to give participants the knowledge needed to provide positive patient care outcomes. This is a highly anticipated event, with all available seats filling well in advance. More than 240 individuals took part in the 2011 symposium.

Speakers on this year’s agenda include faculty from the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine’s Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, a physician from the Dorn VA Medical Center, and a psychologist from SCDMH. All physician speakers are board certified psychiatrists and have extensive expertise in their respective topics. Most have provided presentations at the American Psychiatric Association, which represents 38,000 physician leaders in the field of Mental Health.

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 over 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.