The SC Mental Health Commission is the governing body of the SC Department of Mental Health and has jurisdiction over the state’s public mental health system. Its seven members are appointed for five-year terms by the governor with advice and consent of the Senate.

Commission Members

L. Gregory “Greg” Pearce, Jr., Chair – Mr. Pearce brings over 50 years of clinical and mental health advocacy experience to the Commission having begun his relationship with DMH as a Psychiatric Aide at the SC State Hospital (SCSH) in 1966. After receiving his undergraduate training in Psychology from Presbyterian College, he returned to SCSH while completing his graduate training at the University of South Carolina sponsored by DMH. He served as a Psychologist for many years before becoming the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Unit at SCSH. In 1986, Mr. Pearce was named the Facility Director of Crafts-Farrow State Hospital, a position he held until 1992. He was elected to Richland County Council in 1998 where he served for twenty years and was the County’s liaison to the Columbia Area Mental Health Center, LRADAC and Palmetto Health (now Prisma Health) during that time. Mr. Pearce joined the South Carolina Mental Health Commission in 2019. Representing the 2nd Congressional District, appointed 3/15/19.

Louise Haynes, Vice-Chair – Ms. Haynes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Since 2002, she has served as a liaison between academic research and community treatment programs. In addition to her research experience, Ms. Haynes has worked in clinical and administrative roles in South Carolina. She was Director of Women’s Services for the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) and was Director of Morris Village Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center operated by the S.C. Department of Mental Health. Ms. Haynes joined the South Carolina Mental Health Commission in 2016. Representing the 6th Congressional District, appointed 4/13/16.

Alison Y. Evans, Psy.D.  – Dr. Evans is a licensed professional counselor. She received her bachelor’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, her master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, and her doctor of psychology degree from California Coast University. She has been a member of the Mental Health Association of South Carolina since 1994, and was chairman of the Board. She is also a member of the Mental Health Association of Darlington County, serving since 1986. She is a member of numerous organizations and has received many distinguished service awards. She and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Evans, live in Hartsville, SC. Representing the 7th Congressional District, appointed 4/12/19.

Robert E. Hiott, Jr. – Mr. Hiott brings to the Commission an extensive background in substance abuse treatment programming and behavioral health management services. He is executive director of the Pickens County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, DBA Behavioral Services of Pickens County, a position he has held since 2007. In his previous role as deputy director of the Pickens County Commission, Mr. Hiott was responsible for planning, organizing, and directing behavioral treatment, prevention, and research programs, and supervised a staff of both professional and technical employees. He began his tenure with the organization in 1986. Mr. Hiott received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Wesleyan College and a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Clemson University. He is a member of the South Carolina Behavioral Health Services Association and serves on its Treatment Services Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Pickens County Prescription Drug Abuse Alliance. Representing the 3rd Congressional District, appointed 4/07/16.

Elliott Levy, MD – Dr. Levy has served as staff psychiatrist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center since 2007 and as an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina since 2012. He previously worked with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health in multiple capacities for more than 20 years. Dr. Levy, who is Board certified for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, received his MD from and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. Representing the 1st Congressional District, appointed 4/07/21.

Bobby H. Mann, Jr. – Mr. Mann, a partner at Temple & Mann Attorneys in Greenville, lives in Taylors, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Francis Marion College and the University of South Carolina School of Law.  Mann is an attorney who has been practicing law in the Upstate for 36 years. His work in family law and probate matters have afforded him the opportunity to be involved with mental health issues in both legal and practical capacities. Representing the 4th Congressional District, appointed 4/07/21.

Vacancy, 5th Congressional District

To contact a member of the South Carolina Mental Health Commission, please address your correspondence to the specific member and mail to:

South Carolina Mental Health Commission
c/o South Carolina Department of Mental Health
Attn: Commissioner [Please Insert Commission Member’s Name]
P.O. Box 485
Columbia, SC 29202