A Report on America’s Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
Grading the States 2009: A Report on America’s Health Care Sytem for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
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South Carolina: D

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: South Carolina

In 2006, South Carolina’s mental health system received a B grade, one of the few states to reach the B range. In 2009, its grade is a D. This precipitous drop reflects the devastation of community mental health care at a point when the state is struggling with a budget crisis. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: F 25% of Total Grade
    Basic measures, such as the number of programs delivering evidence-based practices, emergency room wait-times, and the quantity of psychiatric beds by setting.
  2. Financing & Core Treatment/Recovery Services: C 45% of Total Grade
    A variety of financing measures, such as whether Medicaid reimburses providers for all, or part of evidence-based practices; and more.
  3. Consumer & Family Empowerment: C 15% of Total Grade
    Includes measures such as consumer and family access to essential information from the state, promotion of consumer-run programs, and family and peer education and support.
  4. Community Integration and Social Inclusion: F 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.


  • Telepsychiatry in rural hospital emergency rooms
  • Impact Program in Columbia
  • Services for veterans

Urgent Needs

  • Expansion of evidence-based practices
  • CIT and jail diversion
  • Mental health services in jails and prisons
  • Housing options
  • Access to care in rural areas

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: South Carolina

"The commitment and capabilities of public mental health staff varies. It is amazing how in the face of continual economic cut-backs that many of these individuals have remained committed to their job."
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Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director

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