Patients Please Read
For the health and safety of you and our staff, if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or develop a fever with symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing, PLEASE call us before coming to the clinic.
During the Governor's Emergency Declaration, he said that all State Offices will remian open during this emergency. This includes all SCDMH inpatient facilities and Community Mental Health Centers. Should you need our services, we will be here to help.
Our Executive Director, Mr. Jeff Ham
You can go home again . . . well almost. Jeffery L. Ham, Executive Director of the Santee Wateree MHC, grew up in Florence. SC. He recalls coming to Shaw Air Force Base to visit family stationed there many years ago, but had no idea that his current job would take him back to this area. "I am a self-proclaimed DMH-lifer," said Ham, when asked how he ended up here. "I bleed DMH blue, because I have a passion for public service and really value the professional service we provide to all of the community." Ham began working as a ‘key man’ or direct care staff at the SC State Hospital on Bull Street more than 28 years ago. "I worked on locked wards at the old hospital, and the patients would call the male staff "keyman" because the entrance to the building and all of the doors separating the individual wards were locked.
A Message from our Medical Director
Welcome to our website! We invite you to browse through the provided information to familiarize yourself with the comprehensive mental health outpatient services we offer to our local community. We serve over 3500 clients in four different counties:Sumter, Kershaw, Clarendon and Lee County. We work diligently and tirelessly to help our clients with serious mental illness recover and live happy and successful lives.
Meet Our Leaders
Want to know who guides and directs the Santee Wateree CMHC? Take alook.
The Santee-Wateree Mental Health Center (SWMHC) is the face of public mental health in the local community. Outpatient mental health services are provided in clinics in its four-county catchment area: a clinic in Camden serves Kershaw County; one in Bishopville serves Lee County; one in Sumter serves Sumter County; and one in Manning serves Clarendon County. Each clinic offers a full and flexible array of outpatient services, including individual, group, and family therapy, psychiatric services, emergency services, and case management.