The South Carolina State Hospital, first named the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, was completed in 1828 in Columbia as one of the first asylums in the county built expressly for the mentally ill and funded by the state government. In 1964, the Department of Mental Health was created as an independent agency of state government to develop a more comprehensive system, which combined medical care and treatment with expanded community services, mental health education, consultation, professional training, and research.

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  • Diversity news 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health (2021-07-15)
    This quarterly newsletter is published by the Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and provides information on efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion ...
  • COVID-19 relief fund expenditures as of 06/30/2021 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health (South Carolina State Library, 2021-06-30)
    This details the expenditures of the Department of Mental Health’s allocation from the CARES Act.
  • Public mental health in South Carolina 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health (South Carolina State Library, 2021-05-05)
    This PowerPoint presentation is designed to serve as an overview of DMH. It highlights DMH's history, mission, accomplishments, blue ribbon programs, and projects/programs.
  • Peer support : the effectiveness of peer support and how to access Peer Support at SCDMH 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health (South Carolina State Library, 2021-06-14)
    This brochure explains peer support in mental health services.
  • Legislative news 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2021-07-27)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes on a bi-weekly basis Legislative News, with information on bills that are introduced which may impact the agency, mental health or health care issues, and employee issues.
  • COVID-19 relief fund expenditures as of 05/31/2021 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health (South Carolina State Library, 2021-05-31)
    This details the expenditures of the Department of Mental Health’s allocation from the CARES Act.
  • SC DMH patient advocacy report May 2021 

    South Carolina State Department of Mental Health. Office of Patient Advocacy (South Carolina State Library, 2021-05)
    The Office of Patient Advocacy at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes a monthly report with information on complaints resolved at agency centers and other statistics on the Office of Patient Advocacy.
  • COVID-19 relief fund expenditures as of 04/30/2021 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health (South Carolina State Library, 2021-04-30)
    This details the expenditures of the Department of Mental Health’s allocation from the CARES Act.
  • SC DMH patient advocacy report April 2021 

    South Carolina State Department of Mental Health. Office of Patient Advocacy (South Carolina State Library, 2021-04)
    The Office of Patient Advocacy at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes a monthly report with information on complaints resolved at agency centers and other statistics on the Office of Patient Advocacy
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2013-11-07)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2013-07-25)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012-11-29)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012-09-21)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012-08-03)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012-06-13)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012-05-21)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012-04-27)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012-03-05)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2011-10-06)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.
  • Mental Health Matters 

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Public Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2011-08-11)
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health publishes Mental Health Matters, a newsletter with news and events at the agency.

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