Behavioral Health Coalition
The South Carolina Behavioral Health Coalition is an unprecedented alliance of public and private agencies, organizations and healthcare providers collectively committed to improving the mental health and well-being of everyone in our state. This multi-sector coalition is an important outgrowth of the valuable work of the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health’s Behavioral Health Task Force and the SC House of Representatives Opioid Abuse Prevention and Study Committee that each provided a set of recommended actions to improve the care and outcomes of South Carolinians suffering with mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
This page is dedicated to documentation of the ongoing work of this coalition and will serve as a communications hub to share collective efforts to improve behavioral healthcare and achieve mental health and wellbeing for all South Carolina's residents.
Why the Coalition?
Because one organization cannot fully address South Carolina's deeply rooted behavioral health issues, many entities across our state work in various ways to improve behavioral health access, services, and outcomes of patients with behavioral health illnesses. Although all stakeholders met regularly within different settings, together we realized the need to partner to better align our efforts and work toward the same goals and objectives to create sustained improvement. Established in 2017, the South Carolina Behavioral Health Coalition (SCBHC) creates the structure and platform for all partners to work collectively toward the shared goals and mission.
To establish a comprehensive system at the state and community level that ensures access to, coverage for, effective coordination and awareness of mental health and substance abuse disorders, services, and resources for individuals and families living in South Carolina.