Deborah Shogry Blalock, Deputy Director Division of Community Mental Health Services
Deborah Shogry Blalock became employed by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) in 1993. Mrs. Blalock, the SCDMH Deputy Director, Community Mental Health Services, was appointed deputy in January of 2018. In her current role, she is responsible for statewide outpatient services provided by SCDMH, to include those provided by all 16 mental health centers. Prior to that appointment, Mrs. Blalock served as the executive director of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center for 14 years. Before becoming the executive director, Mrs. Blalock was the center’s director of acute services – those services that directly focus on people in crisis such as a mobile crisis team, South Carolina’s first mental health court, a crisis stabilization center, and services in the local detention centers.
Mrs. Blalock has extensive training in crisis negotiation, crisis intervention, and critical incident management. She received her M.Ed. in clinical counseling from the Citadel in 1993, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Certified Public Manager.
Debbie and her husband, Mark, have five children and two grandchildren.