SC Department of Mental Health

Insurance Parity Expert to Speak at DMH Meeting

Contact:  John Hutto (803) 898-8584

Columbia, S,C., August 24, 1999 ... Dr. Ken Libertoff, executive director of the Vermont Association for Mental Health and a national expert on insurance parity, will be the dinner speaker at the S.C. Department of Mental Health's agency-wide meeting Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.  The conference is being held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, I-20 and Bush River Road in Columbia.

Libertoff received his Ph.D. in  clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University in 1978.  He currently serves on the Governor's Vermont Committee on Children's Mental Health and is the recipient of numerous awards including the State Advocate of the Year Award in 1997 from the National Mental Health Association, Washington, D.C., and the Public Policy Award of Excellence from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Chicago, in 1998.  He has lectured all over the United States and Canada and is the author of many publications.

Vermont is a leading state in a national effort to achieve insurance parity for mental health care.  Mental health parity laws require health insurers to offer equal coverage for physical and mental health problems.

The general public is invited to attend this presentation.  The registration fee is $20 and must be paid by Sept. 3.  To register, call the Office of Communications, S.C. Department of Mental Health, 803, 898-8581.  Registration deadline is Sept. 3.

The S.C. Department of Mental Health has served the mental health needs of South Carolina citizens since 1821.  Its 6,000 employees and 9,000 volunteers offer services from 17 community mental health centers and six inpatient hospitals statewide.

                                                                                                                                                     

Office of Communications
P.O. Box 485
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 898-8581

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