SC Department of Mental Health News Release

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

October 24, 2000

For additional information contact: Elizabeth V. Freeman, (803) 898-8350

The S.C. Department of Mental Health (DMH) announced today that the agency is the recipient of a three-year, federally funded grant in the amount of $336,823 for its Division of Children, Adolescents and Their Families School-Based Mental Health Services Program.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The grant will be implemented through the Coastal Empire Mental Health Center for five middle schools in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.

A mental health counselor, a student concerns specialist and a coordinator from the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program will be placed in the schools.  The Fast Program is a parent empowerment program to help parents understand their children better.   The program, a part o f Communities in Schools-SC, a non-profit organization, is designed to decrease levels of depression, anxiety and behavioral disorders in just eight weeks.

DMH is contracting with the Department of Health and Environmental Control to provide youth leadership training at these sites also.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health has served the mental health needs of South Carolina citizens since 1821. Its 6,000 employees and 9,500 volunteers offer services from 17 community mental health centers and seven inpatient hospitals statewide.

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