SC Department of Mental Health News Release

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2001
Contact: John Hutto, Director of Communications
803-898-8584
E-mail: JHH35@CO.DMH.STATE.SC.US

SCDMH Hires New Medical Director

COLUMBIA, S.C.- Today the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) announced the appointment of Stephen A. McLeod-Bryant, M.D. to the position of medical director, effective August 20, 2001. In this role, Dr. McLeod-Bryant will be responsible for the identification and implementation of psychiatric best practices and evidence-based models of mental health care.

Among those divisions reporting to the medical director are Children and Families, Forensics, Adult Services/Long Term Care, Alcohol and Drug Services, Health Services and the Behavioral Disorders Treatment Program.

"The Department, our clients and their families are fortunate to have as medical director a leader of Dr. McLeod-Bryant's stature," said State Mental Health Director George P. Gintoli. "He has the experience and the vision to help lead the Department of Mental Health into a new era in behavioral health care for South Carolina."

Prior to his appointment with the SCDMH, Dr. McLeod-Bryant has been serving as vice-chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C. He earned both his bachelor's degree and his doctorate in medicine from the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. He is a Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners and a Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. Dr. McLeod-Bryant and his wife, Aleta, have three children.

The SCDMH operates seven inpatient facilities and seventeen community mental health centers around the State of South Carolina.

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