SAMHSA recognizes the need for governments, states, territories, tribes, crisis centers, and partners to speak with one voice to ensure there is a clear understanding about what 988 is and how it will work. We encourage you to use these communication outreach materials and build upon them with your community coalitions to meet the needs of your specific audiences.
The Housing and Homeless Programs of SCDMH provide technical assistance and funding through vendor contracts to organizations, primarily non-profit organizations, that provide housing and services to persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Our mission is to provide people with mental illness the opportunity to live independently in the community of their choice with dignity and respect.
The purpose of the website is to provide resources and information about the Olmstead v. LC Supreme Court decision. The 1999 Supreme Court decision was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This website provides Olmstead stories in its "I am Olmstead" pages, self-help tools and resources, and legal advocacy tools.
Through the South Carolina Department of Mental Health Consumer Employment Program, such as Individual Placement and Supports Supported Employment, Work-In-Progress, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Job Coaches help people with mental illness seek, obtain, and maintain employment.
If you think you need some help outside of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health's Client Advocacy Program or their Consumer Affairs Program or is you are receiving mental health services from the private sector and want to be of help to others, please call any of these organizations during routine, business hours.
A collaboration of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) in conjunction with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, the State Budget and Control Board and the Public Service Commission. These agencies developed a two-way video conferencing capability which enables deaf students to communicate with their parents, caregivers, teachers and friends in their preferred language, American Sign Language. They partnered with BellSouth and PictureTel to initiate this pilot project that may have far-reaching impact on children with special needs and their families and enhance their quality of life.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has programs to help combat veterans deal with the emotional trauma of war. Those programs have enabled VA to become widely recognized within the medical community as a leader in assisting people deal with the aftermath of emotional events.
The Speakers Bureau is a free service made available to groups and organizations throughout the state. The purpose of this service is to increase public awareness and enhance community education related to services and programs available through the mental health service delivery system in South Carolina. It also provides mental health system advocates and consumers a structure through which to share their message with the public.