Behavioral Health Taskforce Brief

Taskforce Brief Cover_Page_1_webThe “Taskforce Brief” provides a short overview of the work and recommendations published in the full report of the Behavioral Health Taskforce, Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems

The report and brief are the product of over 18 months of work by a statewide taskforce of over 60 public and private behavioral health providers, researchers and advocates. The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) convened these stakeholders to identify the most significant challenges in our behavioral health systems and provide actionable, evidence-based and cost-effective strategies to provide better care and access to behavioral health services for residents of South Carolina. Chaired by the Executive Director of IMPH, Kester S. Freeman, Jr., the taskforce created a bold vision for behavioral health in South Carolina based on two focal points: the need for crisis stabilization services available at all hours and the need for an improved, more accessible system of chronic care management. The vision depicts a future in which all residents of South Carolina will have equal access to behavioral health services regardless of their individual means or where they live in the state. The result of this vision was the development of twenty actionable recommendations that outline a collective approach for transforming South Carolina’s behavioral health systems.

Download a copy of the “Taskforce Brief.

Download a copy of the full report, “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems.

Released in May 2016, “One Year Update – Behavioral Health Taskforce,” provides a brief status update on the processes and structure developed to help achieve the 20 recommendations made in the May 2015 report.

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