division of behavioral health and substance abuse services

The South Carolina Department of Corrections Division of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services is committed to maintaining the health and well being of all offenders incarcerated in the Agency. The primary goal of the Division is to identify, assess, and provide substance abuse programming opportunities that are educational and therapeutic for those offenders who may require such services. To the extent of available resources and funding, the Division will provide a continuum of services that will address the related needs of our offender population. The mission of the Division is to appropriately identify, assess the individual and collective substance abuse program needs of offenders; and initiate appropriate program placement within the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Additionally, the Division will assist each successful program participant with community reintegration planning. In order to achieve this mission, the Division of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services will ensure that a broad range of relevant services, with varying levels of intensity is available. All services provided by the Division will be based on sound research, effective clinical practices, and will provide these services in a most cost-effective manner.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections’ Division of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services will:
  • Provide varying levels of substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services that are individual and collectively appropriate.
  • Provide programming and continuum of care guidance for offenders that will increase the opportunities for successful community re-integration.
  • Maintain and increase the quality and quantity of behavioral health and substance abuse services with effective quality assurance and research efforts.
  • Continuously provide training and staff development opportunities for employees, and evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of services rendered.
Agency Population on June 30, 2012
Chemically Dependent on June 30, 2012
Substance Abuse Treatment Beds
FY 12 Releases Successfully Completed ATU

A message from the National Institute on Drug Abuse on substance abuse and criminal behavior:

"The coordination of drug abuse treatment with correctional planning can encourage participation in drug abuse treatment and can help treatment providers incorporate correctional requirements as treatment goals. Treatment providers should collaborate with criminal justice staff to evaluate each individual's treatment plan and ensure that it meets correctional supervision requirements, as well as that person's changing needs, which may include housing and child care; medical, psychiatric, and social support services; and vocational and employment assistance. For offenders with drug abuse problems, planning should incorporate the transition to community-based treatment and links to appropriate post-release services to improve the success of drug treatment and re-entry. Abstinence requirements may necessitate a rapid clinical response, such as more counseling, targeted intervention, or increased medication, to prevent relapse. Ongoing coordination between treatment providers and courts or parole and probation officers is important in addressing the complex needs of these re-entering individuals."

"When providing correctional supervision of individuals participating in drug abuse treatment, it is important to reinforce positive behavior. Nonmonetary "social reinforcers," such as recognition for progress or sincere effort, can be effective, as can graduated sanctions that are consistent, predictable, and clear responses to noncompliant behavior. Generally, less punitive responses are used for early and less serious noncompliance, with increasingly severe sanctions issuing from continued problem behavior. Rewards and sanctions are most likely to have the desired effect when they are perceived as fair and when they swiftly follow the targeted behavior."

A message from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention:

"Dispositional factors (e.g., sensation seeking, behavioral disinhibition, poor affect regulation, stress, depression) can lead to "externalizing" behaviors such as substance use and criminal activity."

Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services Program Description Briefs

Screening, Identification & Orientation Program:

This program is designed to screen and identify all newly admitted male and female offenders for potential behavioral health and substance abuse needs. All offenders are screened using the Texas Christian University Drug Dependency Screen (TCUDDS). Offenders participating are provided with a behavioral health substance abuse services and Agency Policies/Procedures overview prior to institutional assignment. These activities are conducted at our Reception & Evaluation sites in Columbia, SC.

Female Substance Abuse Programs

  • Camille Graham Addiction Treatment Unit- Columbia, SC - A 48-bed residential program for adult female offenders. This program is designed to provide offenders with 6-9 months of structured programming that is gender specific and uses a Therapeutic Community Model treatment approach.
  • Goodman Addiction Treatment Unit- Columbia, SC - A 45-bed residential program for straight-time sentenced and youthful offender females. The program is designed to provide offenders with 6 months of structured programming that is gender and age specific. The program uses a Therapeutic Community Model treatment approach.

"The counselors were interested in my situations, feelings, past and present, and showed genuine caring concern. The groups helped us to vent and let go of our harmful past."

"My counselor really helped me get through my problems and helped me identify how to deal and cope with them. The anger management groups really helped a lot. I could identify what was being taught and it helped me learn how to manage my own anger."

-2012 Goodman ATU Program Graduates

Adult Male Substance Abuse Programs

  • The Horizon Addiction Treatment Unit-Bishopville, SC - Located at Lee Correctional Institution is a 256-bed residential program for males serving a straight-time sentence. The program is designed to address substance abuse, criminal-thinking and other life skill issues using a Therapeutic Community Model treatment approach for 6 months. Court ordered and conditionally paroled offenders with identified substance abuse program needs are assigned priority admission status.

"[The counselors] have taken the eleven words that are the principles of this program; which are Honesty, Hope, Faith, Courage, Integrity, Willingness, Humility, Brotherly Love, Self-Discipline, Perseverance, and Service. These same women and men that work with us every week not only teach us to apply these principles to our daily lives; they also practice these same principles in their daily calling. They have taken these words and lowered them into the pit of our addictions as lifelines to help pull us out and guide us onto the long hard road to recovery. They have also taken these lifelines and used them to repair the holes that our addictions have torn into our lives." -2012 Horizon ATU Program Graduate

Male Youthful Offender Substance Abuse Programs:

Residential treatment facilities offering 272 total beds for youthful male offenders. The program offers 6-9 months of structured programming that is gender specific and uses a Therapeutic Community Model treatment approach. These programs are housed at the following locations:
  • Turbeville Correctional Institution - Turbeville, SC
  • Trenton Correctional Institution - Trenton, SC
  • Wateree Correctional Institution - Rembert, SC
"I can manage to say that I haven't [had] a drink or smoked in over a year now, hopefully I can continue to do the same when I am released from here. It is easy to say that I have made a change within myself because I am not around [it] on a daily basis. My main focus when I am released is to continue working on my recovery by participating in AA/NA meetings in my community. I plan to make these changes by 'stepping slow and steady' and 'being a member' in everything I do from here on out, by not feeding my 'monsters' and [continuing] my recovery."

--2012 Turbeville ATU Graduate

Youthful Offenders' Program Counselors:

Clinical Correctional Counselors in the Youthful Offender Institutional Services provides a clinical program design based on the Case Management Model with transitional planning beginning at intake, which enhances a seamless delivery of services from admission to transitional services in the community. Clinical staff utilizes integrated case management and multifaceted programs as the foundation for monitoring and effecting change in the offenders lives. The offender's individualized needs will be monitored and addressed to ensure positive changes are occurring and if not necessary changes can be made immediately. Clinical Correctional Counselors provide core programs and services designed to meet individualized needs based on identified level of care. All offenders receive substance abuse education/awareness. Clinical Services include but are not limited to: life skills/social skills programs, cognitive restructuring/criminal thinking, substance abuse education/awareness, victimization programs, community service referrals, health & wellness, housing, job readiness and family reunification.

Pre-Release Programming:

  • Manning Correctional Institution - Manning, SC - A 90-day program designed to house 600 inmates to help prepare them for re-entry into the community. This program will focus on three major areas; life-skills, self-improvement, and employability readiness. Inmates participating in the program are expected to attend school or a trade, and participate in life-skills training classes. Clinical counselors coordinate with volunteers in conducting life skills groups on topics such as self-esteem, dealing with conflict, and assertiveness skills training. In addition to conducting individual and group sessions at Manning Correctional Institution, Clinical Counselors also work on discharge planning needs for inmates who are about to return to the community by coordinating with local/statewide community providers and serving as resource brokers.

General Admission Notes for Substance Abuse Services:

  • Must be SCDC identified as chemically dependent and/or court-ordered to treatment;
  • No current or past sex crimes convictions;
  • Offenders with pending charges must receive additional SCDC approval;
  • Must be medically cleared if medical restrictions exist at time of admission;
  • Offenders classified as mentally ill must be medically and therapeutically stabilized prior to admission. Written
  • approval from SCDC's Division for Mental Health Services is required prior to admission review and approval;
  • No documented history of assaulting behavior 6 months prior to admission.

Special Admission Notes for Substance Abuse Services:

  • Must have no need for 24 hour medical care;
  • Must be 17-20 years of age and sentenced as a Youthful Offender;
  • Must meet custody/security level for the assigned institution;
  • Must have at a minimum appropriate remaining sentence length from max out or 1 year from earliest parole eligibility date at time of admission.

General Admission Notes for Youthful Offender Programs:

  • Inmates sentenced under the South Carolina Youthful Offender Act (YOA) serve an indeterminate sentence up to six (6) years; however, certain offenses carry a statutory maximum YOA term less than six (6) years.
  • Procedures for conditional release to YOA parole supervision are established through SCDC policy and the YOA Act. These procedures are designed to encourage and reward positive behavior by inmates sentenced to YOA terms of incarceration.
  • An inmate's eligibility for conditional release is directly affected by his/her progress while participating in the Youthful Offender Institutional Services.

General Admission Notes for 90 Day Pre-Release Programming:

  • No pending disciplinary action
  • No major disciplinary action in last six months
  • No extensive disciplinary action during current period of incarceration
  • No history of Class I escape(s); may consider Class II escapes if over 10 year period
  • No Category 4 or higher (wanted) detainers; Holds and Notifies may be considered
  • No prior or current sex convictions or commitments (plea bargain or nolle prossed may be considered)
  • No open sexual related arrests
  • No YOA, unless referred by YOA Review Board
  • No Category 5 open arrests
  • No out of state detainers (wanted, notify, or holds)
  • No valid STG
  • Daily nursing and OMH will be allowed upon approval from mental health

For more information about the Division of Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Services contact 803-896-5398.