CARF Accredited Programs

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Beckman Center for Mental Health Service are CARF accredited through November 30, 2021 in:

 

  • MH Outpatient Treatment (Adults)
  • MH Outpatient Treatment (Children & Adolescents)


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BCMHS Admission Criteria and Access and Treatment Guidelines Summary


 The primary admission criteria for Adults seeking services are as follows:


  • Schizophrenia Spectrum  and Psychotic Disorders​
  • Depressive Disorders
  • ​​Bipolar and Related Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • ​​Obsessive-Compulsive
  • ​Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
  • ​Acute Psychiatric Crises



The primary admission criteria for Children and Adolescents seeking services are as follows:

 

  • Schizophrenia Spectrum  and Psychotic Disorders​
  • Depressive Disorders
  • ​​Bipolar and Related Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders​
  • ​Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
  • Individuals with Serious Behavioral/Emotional Disorders Impairing Daily Functioning​
  • ​Acute Psychiatric Crises​​

 


A client of BCMHS can espect the following treatment as appropriate to meet their needs: 

  • Outpatient Mental Health Services
  • Integrated screenings and outcome monitoring
  • Comprehensive Care Coordination
  • Health Promotion and Prevention Strategies
  • Comprehensive transitional care from an inpatient psychiatric hospital to other settings as appropriate
  • Use of health information technology to link services and monitor outcomes

 

BCMHS Programs

Medication Management

 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.


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Outpatient Services

 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. 

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 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:

  • ​Routine Requests:  Within 7 working days
  • Urgent Requests: Within 2 working days
  • Emergent Requests:  Same Day

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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.


Specialty Programs

Firefighter's

 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

treated differently).

 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. 



Telemedicine

 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. 



Telepsychiatry

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

with telepsychiatrists.  

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.