SC Department of Mental Health News Release

Department of Mental Health Employee
Named Social Worker of the Year

Columbia, S.C., March 29, 2001 - Mary Curlee, LMSW, ACSW, program coordinator of the Office of Continuity of Care, Clinical Services Division, SC Department of Mental Health, was named South Carolina's Social Worker of the Year.

Curlee was selected by her peers for her dedication and commitment to the field of social work and, especially, for her role as chair of the Scope of Practice Task Force Committee. This committee has submitted proposed legislation that will provide definition to social work practice in South Carolina.

Curlee received her undergraduate and MSW degrees from the University of South Carolina and was a member of the first graduating class of the School of Social Work.

The award was presented at the South Carolina National Association of Social Workers' (NASW) Annual Symposium March 22 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Columbia.

The NASW is the largest organization of professional social workers with 150,000 members. Founded in 1955, NASW has its national office in Washington, D.C., and 56 chapters in the U.S. and abroad.

NASW is a membership organization that promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the effective functioning and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its work and through its advocacy.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health has served the mental health needs of South Carolina citizens since 1821. Its 6,000 employees and 7,000 volunteers offer services from 17 community mental health centers and seven inpatient hospitals statewide.

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