Beckman Center for Mental Health Service are CARF accredited through November 30, 2021 in:
BCMHS Admission Criteria and Access and Treatment Guidelines Summary
The primary admission criteria for Adults seeking services are as follows:
The primary admission criteria for Children and Adolescents seeking services are as follows:
A client of BCMHS can espect the following treatment as appropriate to meet their needs:
Medication Management is a level of care provided clients who due to their level of functioning and psychiatric stability do not require ongoing psychotherapeutic intervention. Clients that are eligible for Medical Management Only require only the prescription of appropriate medications and continued monitoring for side effects. Based on the judgment of the physician, these identified clients who can benefit from medical management to maintain therapeutic gains and emotional stabilization will be managed by medical staff.
Age appropriate Outpatient Treatment services provide a combination of approaches that must include but are not limited to individual, group and family counseling. This program offers comprehensive, coordinated and defined services that may vary in intensity. Services are designed to focus on restoring, developing or enhancing a person’s life coping abilities.
With the development of revised eligibility criteria, SCDMH developed a set of Access and Treatment Protocols. SCDMH established that all clients referred to or seeking services at a SCDMH Community Mental Health Center (BCMHS) will receive an appropriate screening, either by telephone or in-person. Screening appointments are offered as follows:
In addition to the access protocols, SCDMH established guidelines for clients who come into the BCMHS through routine requests to quickly access treatment. After a client has been screened and determined eligible for treatment, they will receive a full Initial Clinical Assessment and their record will be opened at the BCMHS. The client and/or family will be fully informed about the treatment process at this time. All needed clinically necessary appointments will be scheduled for the client. The next step in treatment is developing a Plan of Care with the client and his/her family as appropriate. The Plan of Care details the services that the client will receive and outlines the goals and objectives of treatment. The Plan of Care is a document that identifies what the client can expect in treatment and how often the client can expect to be seen based on his/her clinical need. Discharge planning does begin at the onset of treatment and is outlined on the Plan of Care.
The Beckman Center for Mental Health Services is a part of a pilot project with the South Carolina Firefighter’s Association to provide Behavioral Health Support for Firefighters. The Beckman Center has two (2) trained clinical staff and a psychiatrist to treat firefighters who have experienced trauma in the line of duty.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is offered in the Greenwood Clinic at the Beckman Center. PCIT is an evidenced‐based treatment designed to improve disruptive and oppositional behavior in children between the ages of 2 ½ to 7 years old. PCIT works by improving the parent‐child relationship and teaches parents how to handle their oppositional child’s behavior. PCIT has two phases; during the first phase of therapy, parents are taught play therapy skills designed to give attention to positive child behaviors. This gives the child positive attention they crave and reduces the likelihood that they will act out again to gain attention. During the second phase of therapy, the parents are taught how to further manage child behavior through more direct behavior management training. On average, PCIT lasts between 12‐18 weeks. Parents are required to practice skills with their child at least five minutes per day, so that they can achieve mastery of the PCIT skills, as well as further build the parent‐child relationship
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment approach for children who have experienced sexual abuse,
exposure to domestic violence, or similar traumas.
Who is TF-CBT for?
Children who have been abused or exposed to a life threatening or traumatic event between the
ages of 3 and 18 who:
Experience unhelpful beliefs about their trauma (including guilt, shame, fear they will be
Are acting out behaviorally or with sexual behaviors inappropriate for their age
Experience symptoms of PTSD including constantly thinking about the trauma, avoiding
reminders including refusing to talk about it, emotional numbing, irritability, difficulty sleeping,
constant awareness of surroundings for danger, troubles concentrating, etc.
Show a significant change in personality or increase in depression or anxiety
For more information about TF-CBT and the Project BEST learning collaborative,
please visit http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/projectbest.
Beckman Center is proud to be able to use our information technology systems to ensure that patients receive services from a psychiatrist as needed. All clinic locations are connected by an infrastructure that allows a psychiatrist to be physically located in one clinic and provide services to a patient in another location. This is a true partnership between psychiatry and technology.
SCDMH, in partnership with The Duke Endowment (TDE), the University
of South Carolina School of Medicine, the South Carolina Hospital
Association, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Human
Services (SC DHHS), received several grants to provide psychiatric
consultations (via telemedicine) in emergency departments (EDs)
across South Carolina beginning in March of 2009.
Since July 2012, the program is funded by TDE, state appropriations, SC
DHHS, and via subscription fees from participating hospitals.
SC is the first state successfully connecting patients in EDs statewide
Within the Beckman catchment area, two (2) hospitals are connected
to the telepsychiatry system, Greenville Hospital System/Laurens
County Memorial Hospital and Abbeville Area Medical Center.