About the Coalition
The South Carolina Behavioral Health Coalition is an unprecedented alliance of public and private agencies, organizations and healthcare providers collectively committed to improving the mental health and well-being of everyone in our state. This multi-sector coalition is an important outgrowth of the valuable work of the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health’s Behavioral Health Task Force as well as the SC House of Representatives Opioid Abuse Prevention and Study Committee that each provided a set of recommended actions to improve the care and outcomes of South Carolinians suffering from mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
What is "Behavioral Health"?
The term “behavioral health” means different things to different people. In its early stages, the Coalition collectively agreed on a definition to avoid future misunderstandings and to better inform those who are not as directly involved in health service delivery. The Coalition includes both mental health and substance use disorders in its definition of “behavioral health.” As identified by SAMHSA, “Behavioral health problems include substance use disorders; alcohol and drug addiction; and serious psychological distress, suicide, and mental disorders.
Why the Coalition?
Because one organization cannot fully address South Carolina's deeply rooted behavioral health issues, many entities across our state work in various ways to improve behavioral health access, services, and outcomes of patients with behavioral health illnesses. Although all stakeholders met regularly within different settings, together we realized the need to partner to better align our efforts and work toward the same goals and objectives to create sustained improvement. Established in 2017, the South Carolina Behavioral Health Coalition (SCBHC) creates the structure and platform for all partners to work collectively toward the shared goals and mission.