State Director John H. Magill
State Director John H. Magill

Welcome to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Our mission is to support the recovery of people with mental illnesses. Through a Statewide network of community mental health centers and clinics, the Department’s clinical staff provide a complete array of necessary mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, and families throughout South Carolina.

Based on a thorough assessment, the agency offers treatment services tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient. Available services include individual, group, and family therapy with a trained therapist, psychiatric medical assessments with a Psychiatrist or Nurse Practitioner, supportive nursing services, crisis intervention, and care coordination. Agency staff can also arrange for hospitalization if needed.

We believe that with the right treatment and support, recovery is possible.

To find services for yourself or a loved one, click the Find Help link, located at the bottom of every page of this site.


John H. Magill
State Director, SCDMH


John H. Magill began working at the Department of Mental Health in the late 1960’s. In 1977, he became the Georgia State Director for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He was the Founding Chief Executive Officer of Fenwick Hall Hospital in 1980. He is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at both M.U.S.C. and U.S.C. In 2010, Mr. Magill was presented the Governor’s award: the Order of the Palmetto. He has served as the State Director of the Department of Mental Health since 2006. He is currently the longest serving State Mental Health Director in America.