SC Department of Mental Health News Release

June 6, 2005
For Immediate Release

Contact: John Hutto, Public and Legislative Affairs
              (w) 803-898-8584

Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Mental Health Center Names New  Director

Columbia, SC – Officials at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) and the board of the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens (A/O/P) Community Mental Health Center announced today that Kevin W. Hoyle, M.A., has been named executive director, replacing Norman Robertson, who recently retired.

According to Geoff Mason, SCDMH director of Community Care Systems, “Mr. Hoyle brings a wide array of skills, knowledge and experience to this important position, and I believe his leadership will ensure that the Center provides quality services and excellent care to the citizens of the area.”

Mr. Hoyle began his career with SCDMH in 1985, at the Santee-Wateree Community Mental Health Center, Sumter, SC, serving as director of the Clarendon County Mental Health Clinic. During his tenure at Santee-Wateree, he also served as assistant director of the center and later as interim executive director, before moving to A/O/P in October 2003. At A/O/P, he has served as adult outpatient coordinator, area manager for the Pickens County Clinic, and most recently as the interim executive director.

Mr. Hoyle earned a baccalaureate degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, where he graduated with honors. Further, he earned a master’s degree in psychology from Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health is an integrated system of care offering an array of programs and services to meet the behavioral health needs of adults, children and adolescents and their families. It operates seventeen community mental health centers around the state as well as two psychiatric hospitals and two nursing homes.

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