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, the SC House Opioid Study Committee, and the Governor’s Opioid Crisis Task Force that each provided a set of recommended actions to improve the care and outcomes of South Carolinians suffering with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. A coalition charter has been established that defines five specific strategic priority areas:

  • Crisis stabilization and management of patients with acute behavioral health disorders
  • Alignment of behavioral health and primary care services and resources
  • Substance use disorder prevention and treatment
  • Children and youth ages 0 through 25 access to services
  • Behavioral health and the justice system involved population

The work of the coalition is guided and directed by a core leadership team with senior representatives from each sector. Action teams have been established in each priority area along with a data analytics and informatics team focused on developing a core set of behavioral health performance metrics and providing analytics support to each of the other workgroups. A Policy/Legislative/Regulatory Team has also been established. The Behavioral Health Coalition and each of the action teams meet on a quarterly basis with a primary focus on identifying and disseminating community-based actions in each priority area.

This website is dedicated to documentation of the ongoing work of this coalition and to serve as a communications hub to share collective efforts to improve behavioral healthcare and achieve mental health and wellbeing for everyone across SC.