Monies donated to Spartanburg to expand mental health services

December 7, 2016 by  

Spartanburg will be receiving a major financial boost to enable mentally ill patients get the immediate help they need.

Co-chair of the Spartanburg Behavioral Health Taskforce and vice president of community impact for the United Way of the Piedmont, Heather Witt, said that recurring funds of $250,000 for a 24/7 crisis stabilization center have been set aside by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and a two-year $500,000 grant to expand telepsychiatry in Spartanburg has been approved by the Duke Foundation.

The crisis stabilization centeracts as an urgent care center for crises in mental health. It will provide 24/7 inpatient care, with patient stays ranging from 48 hours to 14 days. Witt said that providing this type of care will alleviate strains on the county detention center and the emergency center at the hospital, which is where most mental health patients go.

The use of telepsychiatry, which allows patients to receive treatment by means of teleconferencing, will be expanded at the Spartanburg Mental Health Center and the Spartanburg Medical Center emergency room to include five more states as soon as 2017 begins. Witt commented that the $500,000 grant will add ReGenesis and regional family medicine and obstetrics to the program.

A local print company can create brochures with more information about these new services that can help patients with mental illnesses.