SC Department of Mental Health News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Alyce McEachern, 898-8585


DMH Appoints New Executives to Key Positions

July 24, 2001 - The S. C. Department of Mental Health (DMH) announced today the appointment of Louise Johnson as director of Children, Adolescents and Their Families (CAF), and Willie Lee Bethune as director of Behavioral Healthcare.

Ms. Johnson's appointment is effective immediately. She has been serving as acting director since March 2000 and served as assistant director for 10 years. She received her bachelor's degree from Benedict College and her master's degree from Indiana University. She has been with DMH for 23 years.

"As acting director of CAF, Louise Johnson has been committed to serving the children and their families of South Carolina. She is a tremendous asset to the Department of Mental Health and a tireless advocate for children," said State Director George Gintoli.

Mr. Bethune's appointment is effective August 17. He has been executive director of the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health since 1993 and has been with DMH for 21 years. Mr. Bethune received his bachelor's degree from Voorhees College and his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"Mr. Bethune has been an outstanding center director for the past eight years. His experience, values and his commitment to community-based systems of care will be a tremendous asset to our department and to the individuals we serve throughout our state,"said State Director George Gintoli.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health has served the mental health needs of South Carolina citizens since 1821. Its 5,800 employees and 9,500 volunteers offer services from 17 community mental health centers and seven inpatient hospitals statewide.


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