Table of Contents
|S.C. Department of Mental Health Mission Statement|
|Community Resource Development Program/Opportunities|
|Information for Volunteers|
|Types of Volunteers|
|Bill of Rights|
|Code of Responsibility|
|As You Begin|
|Directory of Facilities and Service|
To support the recovery of people with mental illnesses.
The S.C. Department of Mental Health gives priority to adults, children, and their families affected by serious mental illnesses and significant emotional disorders. We are committed to eliminating stigma and promoting the philosophy of recovery, to achieving our goals in collaboration with all stakeholders, and to assuring the highest quality of culturally competent services possible.
Each person who receives our services will be treated with respect and dignity, and will be a partner in achieving recovery. We commit ourselves to services that:
Support for Local Care
We believe that people are best served in or near their own homes or the community of their choice. We commit to the availability of a full and flexible array of coordinated services in every community across the state, and to services that are provided in a healthy environment. We believe in services that build upon critical local supports: family, friends, faith communities, healthcare providers, and other community services that offer employment, learning, leisure pursuits, and other human or clinical supports.
Commitment to Quality
We will be an agency worthy of the highest level of public trust. We will provide treatment environments that are safe and therapeutic, and work environments which inspire and promote innovation and creativity. We will hire, train, support and retain staff who are culturally and linguistically competent, who are committed to the recovery philosophy, and who value continuous learning and research. We will provide services efficiently and effectively, and will strive always to provide interventions that are scientifically proven to support recovery.
Dedication to improved public awareness and knowledge
We believe that people with mental illnesses, trauma victims, and others who experience severe emotional distress, are often the object of misunderstanding and stigmatizing attitudes. Therefore we will build formal partnerships with the state's educational leadership and institutions, including both K-12 and institutions of higher learning, to enhance curriculum content on mental health. We will work with employers, sister agencies, and public media to combat prejudice born of ignorance about mental illnesses. And we will expect our own staff to be leaders in the anti-stigma campaign.
Department of Mental Health
In 1812 South Carolina became the second state in the nation to establish a state-supported hospital for the mentally ill. From its first patient in 1828 to the middle of this century, South Carolina's mental health system looked to its two state hospitals, S.C. State Hospital and Crafts-Farrow State Hospital, to provide care and treatment for people affected by mental illness.
By the later 1950s and early 1960s, the population at these two facilities had grown to 6,000. Mental illness had come to mean institutional care, often for the rest of one's life.
In the 1960s, two significant developments revolutionized the treatment of mental illness and offered help to thousands. Medications were discovered that controlled the symptoms of many major illnesses, opening the possibility that people with a mental illness could improve and return to their communities.
Along with this, the community mental health movement began. This movement resulted in a nationwide network of centers to treat people who returned from hospitals and to provide education and early intervention to prevent and reduce the effects of mental illness.
The Division of Community Mental Health Services has grown into a comprehensive, statewide system that is now the centerpiece of South Carolina's mental health system.
Community mental health centers are the entry point into South Carolina's system. The state is divided into 17 geographical areas called catchment or service areas. Each area has a comprehensive mental health center. (See Directory of Centers and Services)
The centers provide a full range of services that usually include: emergency and screening; day treatment; consultation; education and prevention; inpatient services; child and adolescent services; elderly services; outpatient services; alcohol and drug abuse services; community support programs; intensive case management; supported employment programs; living skills programs and various outreach programs.
When center resources cannot meet a patient's needs, they refer patients to one of the department's inpatient facilities. (See Directory of Facilities and Services.)
Community Resources Development
The Department of Mental Health encourages volunteer involvement and the development of community resources to enhance the state's mental health care programs and to build closer ties with the community.
Volunteers have traditionally been an integral part of programs. They enhance care and help to build closer ties between the community and the mental health system. In addition to providing extra "hands" and support to patients and their families, volunteers help dispel the stigma and misconceptions often surrounding mental illness.
Individual volunteers and groups are needed. People of all ages are encouraged to become involved in a variety of challenging and rewarding activities.
A sample of opportunities is listed below.
|Tutors and Readers||Library Assistants|
|Adopt-a-lodge program||Reception and Clerical|
|Clothing Store Managers||Escorts|
|Puppeteers||Pet Therapy Program|
|Meal Time Aides||Drivers|
|Community Resource Leader||Cooking Instructors|
To identify and fully engage the unique resources of a catchment area, Community Resource Developers in hospitals and centers network with advocacy group, religious, civic, and fraternal organizations and businesses. They also coordinate fund raising and corporate giving programs with the goal of maximizing community support for special patient needs and projects.
Information for Volunteers
1. Types of Volunteers:
the following insurance is provided for volunteers:
Reimbursement-- The S.C. Volunteer Act permits the Department of Mental Health to reimburse volunteers for mileage when utilizing their personal vehicles in performance of their duties. However, volunteers cannot be reimbursed for travel to and from their volunteer job. If required to travel as part of their assignment, meal and lodging reimbursement are made by the facility center director in advance of the travel. Proper receipts are necessary.
Continuing Education-- When possible and appropriate, volunteers may sign up for in-service education classes and workshops. As a volunteer, you may request additional training by talking with your supervisor of Community Resource Developer.
Translated, this means that a volunteer may deduct out-of -pocket expenses incurred while doing volunteer work. If you have to use your own vehicle, travel costs are deductible as a charitable donation when you are not reimbursed by the organization.
To determine your allowable deductions, or for additional information, you may request Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, from the Internal Revenue Service. It is very important to keep accurate records of your volunteer expenses.
All Department of Mental Health hospitals and centers accept and appreciate contributions and donated items. Most of the donated items are given directly to patients who need them.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, a taxpayer can deduct the "fair market value" of clothing, household goods, used furniture, shoes, books and so forth. Fair market value is the price a willing buyer would pay for them.
1. Volunteers should wear Identification Badges at all times while volunteering. This will identify you as a volunteer to both patient and staff.
2. The Department of Mental Health is required to keep records on the number of volunteers involved in programs and the number of hours they contribute. You can help by making sure your supervisor receives an accurate accounting of your time.
3. If you are unable to report for an assignment, please contact your supervisor as far in advance as possible.
4. Volunteers and paid staff are required to abide by Department of Mental Health directives and regulation, particularly those related to contraband and confidentiality. Your supervisor or the Community Resource Developer will make these available to you and explain the information.
5. Volunteers should not discuss with patients their condition, diagnosis or treatment. Questions of this type should be referred to the patient's case manager or physician.
6. Volunteers are asked to neither lend nor accept money. Gifts may be donated through the Community Resource Development office.
7. Volunteers should be friendly and courteous, but establishing boundaries is a key to building good working relationships. We respect privacy and discourage the exchange of phone numbers and addresses. Exceptions to this have been made for Community Connection volunteers and those with certain other specific job descriptions.
8. Any injury of accident should be immediately reported to your supervisor.
9. Questions related to the performance of your duties should be directed to your supervisor. Volunteers should also feel free to discuss general questions or concerns with the Community Resource Developer. You will be seeing our programs from a fresh perspective and the Department of Mental Health values your suggestions.
10. Should you have to resign for any reason, please treat your volunteer job as you would a paid position and notify your supervisor and the Community Resource Developer in advance.
A Bill of Rights for Volunteers
Every Volunteer has:
1. The right to be
treated as a coworker
.... with consideration for personal preference, temperament, life
experience, education and volunteer/employment background
3. The right to
know as much about the organization as possible
4. The right
to training for the job
5. The right to
continuing education on the job
6. The right to
sound guidance and direction
7. The right to a
place to work
8. The right to
promotions and a variety of experiences
9. The right to be
10. The right to recognition
Code of Responsibility for Volunteers
Accept the Rules
Keep on Learning
Be a Team Player
As You Begin...
We realize that volunteer work in the field of mental health may be new to some of you and possibly bewildering.
Please feel free to ask questions, express your concerns and make suggestions. You are volunteering because you care, and your suggestions can be helpful as we work together.
Volunteering is not just a means of getting things done-- it can be a valuable and enriching experience--
Directory of Facilities and Services
|S.C. Department of Mental Health
2414 Bull Street P.0. Box 485
Columbia, S.C. 29202
Telephone: (803) 898-8319
|G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital
220 Faison Drive
Columbia, S.C. 29203
Telephone: (803) 935-7146
|Veterans' Victory House
2461 Sidneys Road
Walterboro, SC 29488
Phone: (843) 538-3000
|Richard Michael Campbell Veterans Nursing
4605 Belton Highway
Anderson, S.C. 29621
Telephone: (864) 261-6734
|William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute
1800 Colonial Drive (P.O. Box202)
Telephone: (803) 898-1593
|Earle E. Morris Jr. Alcohol and Drug
Addiction Treatment Center
610 Faison Drive
|C.M. Tucker Jr./Nursing Care
2200 Harden Street
Columbia, S.C. 29203
Telephone: (803) 737-5301
Community Mental Health Centers
|Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center
1135 Gregg Highway
Aiken, S.C. 29801
Telephone: (803) 641-7700
|Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Community Mental
200 McGee Road
Anderson, S.C. 29625
Telephone: (864) 260-2220
|Beckman Center for Mental Health Services
1547 Parkway, Suite 100
Greenwood, S.C. 29646-3050
Telephone: (864) 229-7120
|Berkeley Community Mental Health Center
P.O. Box 1030
403 Stoney Landing Rd.
Moncks Corner, S.C. 29461
Telephone: (843) 761-8282
or (888) 202-1381
|Catawba Community Mental Health Center
448 Lakeshore Parkway, Suite 205
Rock Hill, S.C. 29730
Telephone: (803) 328-9600
|Coastal Empire Community Mental Health
P.O. Box 1044
1050 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, S.C. 29902-1044
Telephone: (803) 524-8899
|Charleston/Dorchester Community Mental
Health Center Port City Center
2100 Charlie Hall Boulevard,
Charleston, S.C. 29403
Telephone: (843) 852-4100
|Columbia Area Mental Health Center
2715 Colonial Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, S.C. 29240-4440
Telephone: (803) 898-4802
|Greenville Mental Health Center
124 Mallard Road.
Greenville, S.C. 29601
Telephone: (864) 241-1040
|Lexington County Community Mental Health
301 Palmetto Park Blvd.
Lexington, S.C. 29072
Telephone: (803) 996-1500
|Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center
2319 St. Matthews Rd.
Orangeburg, S.C. 29116
Telephone: (803) 536-1571
|Pee Dee Mental Health Center
125 East Cheves Street
Florence, S.C. 29506
Telephone: (843) 317-4089
|Piedmont Center for Mental Health Svcs
20 Powderhorn Rd.
Simpsonville, S.C. 29681
Telephone: (864) 967-8617
|Santee-Wateree Community Mental Health
2640-A Hardee Cove/P.O. Box 1946
Sumter, S.C. 29150
Telephone: (803) 775-9364
|Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center
250 Dewey Avenue
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303
Telephone: (864) 585-0366
|Tri-County Community Mental Health Center
P.O. Box 918, 1035 Cheraw Highway
Bennettsville, S.C. 29512
Telephone: (843) 454-0841
|Waccamaw Center for Mental Health
164 Waccamaw Medical Park
Telephone: (803) 347-5060
|For more information go to Centers and Hospitals/Program Services or www.scdmh.org.|
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