SC Department of Mental Health News Release

May 19, 2005
For Immediate Release

Contact:          Alison Y. Evans, Psy.D., Chair
                        SC Mental Health Commission
                        (w) 843-383-5169

Gintoli Resigns as State Director of Mental Health

Columbia, SC:  At its May 18 meeting, the SC Mental Health Commission announced  that George Gintoli has resigned as director of the SC Department of Mental Health.

Gintoli, who has headed the agency since January 2001, has accepted a position with a private company in Boca Raton, Florida. He will begin his new duties mid-June.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of the team at the Department of Mental Health,” said Gintoli. “I believe, through this team’s efforts, we have restored hope and dignity to the lives of those people who are living with mental illnesses.”

Alison Evans, Psy.D., chair of the SC Mental Health Commission, said, “On behalf of the Department of Mental Health, we greatly appreciate the work that George has done during his tenure at the department.

“He has navigated us through some difficult waters in difficult times and has done so admirably.  He has served as a catalyst for the state on many fronts, including care for the homeless, housing for the mentally ill, and consumer employment. As he moves to his next position, he carries with him our best wishes and respect for the job he has done and his passion for the mentally ill.”

The SC Mental Health Commission is the governing body of the SC Department of Mental Health and has jurisdiction over the state’s 17 mental health centers, two hospitals, and two nursing care centers. Its seven members are appointed for five-year terms by the governor with advice and consent of the Senate.

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