SC Department of Mental Health News Release

S.C. Department of Mental Health Awarded Federal Government Grant

Contact:  John Hutto, (803) 898-8581

Columbia, S.C., Oct. 13, 1999 ... The S.C. Department of Mental Health (DMH) announced today that the agency is the recipient of a five-year, federally funded grant in the amount of $3.5 million for its children and adolescents program.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Division of Children, Youth and Families.  The grant will be administered through the Beckman Center for Mental Health Services in Greenwood for its Bridges to Success program.

Bridges to Success creates a system of care for youths ages 16 to 21 who have a serious emotional disturbance and/or a serious mental illness.  The program provides services to assist these young people in making the transition into adulthood with the skills necessary for self-sufficiency.  The project begins in Greenwood County, but lessens learned will benefit all communities of the state.

"In my 16 years as director of the Division of Children, Adolescents and their Families at DMH, this grant represents one of the most exciting initiatives ever,"  said Jerome Hanley, Ph.D.

"South Carolina, to our knowledge, is the first state to use a Children's Community Mental Health Services Grant specifically to target young adults between the ages of 16 to 21.  This project involves three critical components in the lives of young adults: education/job training; successful employment; and living arrangements, which are as independent as possible.  This project is made even more exciting because Governor Hodges' Continuum of Care office contributed a $100,000   match that was required for the life of this grant."

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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P.O. Box 485
Columbia, S.C. 29202
(803) 898-8581

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