SC Department of Mental Health News Release

May 06, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Hutto, Director of Communications


SCDMH Treatment Center Receives Highest Accreditation

Columbia, SC - The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, or CARF, has accredited the Earle E. Morris Jr. Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center (Morris Village) for a period of three years - the highest award possible from CARF. Operated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH), Morris Village is an inpatient facility that provides alcohol and drug abuse treatment services to adults who may also have a mental illness.

Like receiving an excellent report card, a three-year accreditation assures consumers, family members, and the general public that the healthcare organization provides high quality clinical services, is committed to patient care, and demonstrates exemplary business practices. Founded in 1966, CARF has accredited more than 3,500 organizations in the United States, Canada, and Sweden in Adult Day Services, Assisted Living, Behavioral Health, Employment and Community Services, and Medical Rehabilitation.

Morris Village is a component of the SCDMH's Columbia Behavioral Health System, which is under the leadership of Russ Hughes, Ph.D. Dr. Hughes said, " Morris Village has proven excellence in its role as a primary care provider in South Carolina. Each year, over 2,000 citizens suffering from alcohol and drug addiction receive treatment from the Columbia Behavioral Health System program. We are very proud of our staff for providing a level of care that anyone would want for themselves or for their family members."

CARF's standards are developed by the people who receive the services and by professionals and are applied through a peer review process to determine how well an organization is serving its consumers.

Said CARF President Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., "The South Carolina Department of Mental Health and Morris Village should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation. This achievement is an indication of the organizations' dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the people receiving services."

Last year, the SCDMH served over 100,000 South Carolinians through a network of seventeen community mental health centers and seven inpatient facilities.

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