SC Department of Mental Health News Release

Abraham Named Director of Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center

Columbia, SC - Bessie Abraham, M.S.W., has been named director of Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center. Abraham, who has been assistant director of the center since 1992, will assume this position in August.

Abraham earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in sociology from South Carolina State University. She has been with Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center since 1985.

Abraham is a member of the SC State Employees Association, the Association of Black Social Workers, the National Association of Social Workers, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Action Council for Cross-Cultural Mental Health and Human Services, Inc.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Ms. Abraham's caliber and experience assuming the leadership role of the Center," said Dr. Doris Cantey, chairperson of the Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center Board.

State Mental Health Director George Gintoli added, "Ms. Abraham is an exceptional person, and I am happy to have her as the director of the Orangeburg Center. It is a great opportunity for the Center and the Department of Mental Health."

Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center provides services to the citizens of Orangeburg County. Programs offered include child and adolescent services, intensive in-home services, school-based services, elderly services, employment services and rural behavioral health services.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health provides services through a network of 17 community mental health centers, five hospitals, and two nursing care centers.


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