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.
With the exception of the Sumter Clinic, the clinics provide services for children, families and adults. In Sumter, due to space limitations, Child, Adolescent and Family services are provided in a separate location. Unique programs are also available to serve specific populations within the local community. Sumter has the Elder Services program, which provides individualized treatment to persons 65 and older suffering from mental illness, as well as to persons of all ages diagnosed with dementia. Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is also provided in Sumter for those diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness. A multidisciplinary team works together to treat clients whenever and wherever needed, reducing the episodes of hospitalization and increasing clients’ quality of life.serves on a Coalition that recently received an Access Health Grant. With the Kershaw Clinic as their base, five school-based counselors provide mental health services in Kershaw schools, funded in part through a Safe Schools/ Healthy Students grant. The Kershaw Clinic will soon have a satellite of the Federally Qualified Primary Health Care Provider in Kershaw County, Sandhills Medical Foundation, co-located and operating two days a week out of the Kershaw clinic building. SWMHC’s clinics also work with local community partners, an advisory board, and other mental health professionals throughout the state to fulfill the Center’s mission: to help clients recover from mental illness and lead fulfilling lives.