SC Department of Mental Health News Release

DMH Director Appointed to National Committee

Contact:  John Hutto, (803) 898-8581

Columbia, S.C., Oct. 12, 1999 ... Stephen M. Soltys, M.D., director of the S.C. Department of Mental Health, has accepted a three-year appointment as a member of the Conduct Disorders Committee with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Washington, D.C. Soltys is a board certified child psychiatrist with a medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  He was named director of the Department of Mental Health March 31, 1997.

The essential feature of Conduct Disorder is a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others are violated.  Children or Adolescents with this disorder often initiate aggressive behavior and react aggressively to others.  The disturbance in behavior causes clinically significant impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning.  The behavior pattern is usually present in a variety of settings such as home, school or the community.

The prevalence of Conduct Disorder appears to have increased over the last decades and may be higher in urban than in rural settings.  Conduct Disorder is one of the most frequently diagnosed conditions in outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities for children.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health has served the mental health needs of South Carolina citizens since 1821.  Its 6,000 employees and 9,000 volunteers offer services from 17 community mental health centers and six inpatient hospitals statewide.


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