Current as of: 2009
In addition to the powers and duties already conferred by law, the Department of Mental Health shall:
(1) Promulgate rules and regulations governing the eligibility of community mental health programs to receive State grants, prescribing standards for qualification of personnel and quality of professional service and for in-service training and educational leave programs for personnel;
(2) Govern eligibility for service so that no person will be denied service on the basis of inability to pay and so that anyone who cannot afford to pay for necessary treatment at the rate customarily charged in available private practice shall be eligible to receive services from the community mental health clinic;
(3) Provide for establishment of fee schedules and reduction of balance due which shall be based upon ability to pay;
(4) Regulate fees for consultation and diagnostic services, which services may be provided to anyone without regard to his financial status when such person is referred by the courts, schools, health or welfare agencies;
(5) Promulgate such other rules and regulations as it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this article;
(6) Review and evaluate local programs and the performance of all personnel and make recommendations thereon to community mental health boards and program administrators;
(7) Provide consultative staff service to communities to assist in ascertaining local needs and in planning and establishing community mental health programs; and
(8) Employ personnel, certified by the merit system as classified according to existing job classifications, including a State Director of Community Mental Health Services, to be under the supervision of the Director of the Department of Mental Health, to implement the provisions of this article.
(9) Require reports from the directors of community mental health programs relating to the intake, examination, diagnosis and file closing of any patient or client.
South Carolina Laws: Mental Health
U.S. Code Provisions: Mental Health