Contact the Office of Patient Affairs
Michael A. Weaver
2414 Bull Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Office – 803-898-4195
Cell – 803-331-9886
Recovery is Possible!
Advocacy /Trending News
- Click here to view the MHA-SC Training flyer.
- View the Peer Support Flyer here.
- NAMI is searching for “Ending the Silence” presenters.
- NAMI Releases First Free Online Class For Parents Of Children With Mental Illness
- SCCADVASA is the statewide coalition of organizations providing intervention services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and Primary Prevention programs to students and communities across the state.
Marilyn Cramer is a contributing artist to the SCDMH Art of Recovery program. Marilyn is a kind spirit and a creative soul. This year, 48 pieces of patient art were sold at the annual Shrimp Festival in Beaufort, SC. The artist's receive 100% of the proceeds. This validation builds self-esteem, self-worth, and promotes advocacy. Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center (CECMHC) patients work very hard all year to submit works for the Art of Recovery’s exhibit at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, the Taste of Beaufort, and the Beaufort Water Festival. Patients are able to express their recovery stories in the form of art. Marilyn is now sharing her skills with others weekly, by hosting an Art of Recovery class on Wednesdays at Canal Community Center.
Pictured left to right: Artist Marilyn Cramer and CECMHC Patient Affairs Coordinator Patti Teter selling art at the annual Shrimp Festival in Beaufort, SC.
Community News: Waccamaw
The South Carolina Department of Mental Health has sixteen Community Mental Health Centers. Each provides very similar services, yet each center has a distinctive “flavor.” I found myself driving to the Waccamaw CMHC upon a request from the Executive Director, “Jackie” Brown on the Friday before Memorial Day. I was greeted and given a tour of a beautiful facility by the Director of Ancillary Services, Linda Wright. The May is Mental Health Awareness Month events were all occurring outdoors with hamburger, fruit pizza and great conversation with Care Coordinators and Peer Support Specialists.
On a beautiful sunny day, so close to the beach, much attention was given to the dunk tank where the Chief of Staff, Beverley “Doris” Smith was sitting in anticipation. In the true spirit of recovery, the Patient Affairs Coordinator dunked Doris on the 4th and final ball. The takeaway from this visit was that mental health care and recovery is being addressed by a capable and empathic staff, utilizing resources to cover three clinics in a large area. Similar to other centers but with that Myrtle Beach air.