SC Department of Mental Health News Release

News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Hutto, 803-898-8584

Hanley to Head Policy Office

Columbia, S.C., May 25, 2000 -- James H. Scully, M.D., interim state director of the SC Department of Mental Health, today announced that Jerome H. Hanley, Ph.D., would be joining the Center for Innovation in Public Mental Health as director of the Office of Children's Policy and Cultural Competency. The Center for Innovation is a joint project of the SC Department of Mental Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Hanley, who previously served as director of the Office of Children, Adolescents and Their Families for SCDMH, is a nationally recognized leader in the child mental health field. He is known for his passionate advocacy on behalf of children and families, is the author of numerous publications in the field, and is in great demand as a consultant and speaker nationally and internationally.

In making the announcement, Scully commented, "Dr. Hanley's contributions to SCDMH over the years have been very significant, and we would have welcomed him to remain on our team as director of Children's Services, but as a scholar, teacher and advocate, he will continue to make significant contributions to the state in this new office."

Hanley has been a member of the clinical faculty of the School of Medicine for some years and will continue as professor of Clinical Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science in his new role.

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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