COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – The way forward for some companies in South Carolina are up within the air.
S.2 is ready for a listening to within the House Ways and Means committee. The laws would dissolve the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and restructure different companies.
It would cut up DHEC into the South Carolina Department of Behavioral and Public Health (DBPH) and the South Carolina Department of Environmental Services (DES).
Under the laws, this DBPH could be made up of the DHEC’s well being associated divisions, the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) and most divisions of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH).
Bill Lindsey is the Executive Director for the South Carolina chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He stated psychological well being advocates throughout the state are frightened concerning the unintended penalties of a merger.
“You’ve got this crisis in mental health going on around the country because of the pandemic. We just don’t need to have a disruption of services and I just really think that’s an issue,” he stated.
Lindsey stated he doesn’t have a problem with a cut up of DHEC however believes the state Department of Mental Health ought to stay as is. He was part of a DHEC created task-force that studied the way forward for South Carolina’s well being and environmental providers.
The SHaPE SC taskforce advisable protecting DAODAS and DMH autonomous.
Lindsey stated he’s frightened about an affect to providers whereas the restructuring is ongoing. He stated, “Regardless of how seamless they think that will be – when you start restructuring and have to train a whole new set of organizational issues – time spent doing that could take away from patient care.”
Lindsey was additionally involved concerning the measurement of DPBH, he argued the laws would make the company bigger than DHEC.
The laws handed unanimously within the Senate final month.
DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer spoke to the DHEC board about S.2 this week. He informed them he has been involved with the opposite company heads who could be impacted.
He informed the board, “All of us are very clear in agreement. Whatever comes from the legislature we would implement. We would have to do it in a way to make sure no one falls through the cracks and anyone who relies on our agencies for services will continue to do in a timely and professional manner.”
If the invoice have been to grow to be legislation, modifications would must be carried out by July 2023.