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April 15, 2019

Settlement Reached to Increase Community-based Mental Health Services in South Carolina

Columbia, S.C. — Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) and several individuals with disabilities have reached a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) resolving a complaint filed in May of 2017. The agreement calls for, among other enhancements, expansion of SCDMH crisis services aimed at preventing involuntary hospitalization; annual increases in SCDMH community supported housing; and the creation of new SCDMH programs to streamline hospital discharge, improve hospitalized patients’ preparation for discharge, and reduce hospital lengths of stay by ensuring patients have access to appropriate community resources.

Each of the individual plaintiffs were, at the time of filing, civilly committed to G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital. They were represented on a pro bono basis by P&A, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

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