SC Department of Mental Health News Release


March 26, 2002
For Immediate Release

Contact: John Hutto, Director of Communications
(803) 898-8581

SCDMH Hires New Director for Cultural Action Center

Columbia, SC: Today the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) announced the appointment of Ligia Latiff-Bolet, Ph.D., to the position of director, SCDMH Cultural Action Center, effective April 2, 2002.

In this role, Dr. Latiff-Bolet will be responsible for directing the Department's current cultural action programs and developing new initiatives to increase cultural competencies and awareness within SCDMH. She will report to the deputy director, Division of Healthcare Reform.

Said SCDMH State Director George Gintoli, "We are fortunate to have on our team a professional of Dr. Latiff-Bolet's stature. She has a tremendous amount of experience working with diverse ethnic populations. She also brings a strong clinical background and an excellent reputation in the community."

Dr. Latiff-Bolet has worked at the SCDMH since 1993, when she was coordinator of the Family Preservation Program at the Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center. At the center, she eventually became clinical director and also acted as assistant executive director.

A psychologist, Dr. Latiff-Bolet is a Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Examiners and is also a member of the American Psychological Association. She earned her bachelor's degree from Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana; and her master's and doctorate from Carlos Albizu University, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health serves South Carolinians through a system of seven inpatient facilities and seventeen community mental health centers statewide.

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