Mental Health Information


Procedures For Commitment:

Adult (A person 18 years old or older or a child sixteen or older):
If you know a person, mentally ill, needing Emergency Commitment because of harm to self or others, contact the local mental health center. Oconee County Mental Health Clinic is located at 115 Carter Park Drive, Seneca, SC 29678. Do not come to the Probate Court first; go to the appropriate Mental Health Center before coming to Probate Court. The Probate Court can only assist after the Mental Health Center has done an initial screening.

If the Adult is seen by the Mental Health Center and it is determined that hospitalization is required, the Adult can be transported to a facility. If the Adult refuses to come to the Mental Health Center for an evaluation, then you may bring necessary document issued to you from the Mental Health Center to the Probate Court and seek an Order of Detention. You must know the location of the individual! Law Enforcement cannot pick up the person without an address. It is also helpful if you know whether the person is in the County or a municipality within Oconee County.

Upon finding that the individual needs hospitalization, he or she will be transported to a facility for treatment. The individual will be assigned an attorney by the Probate Court and will have a hearing within 15 days after the Order of Continued Hospitalization to determine whether he or she will need further inpatient treatment or whether the person can be released to outpatient treatment. If so desired, individuals may hire private counsel.

When Involuntary Commitment is not needed on an emergency basis, you must go to the Mental Health Center to complete documents for a Judicial Commitment. This is appropriate for situations where the individual is engaged in a pattern of behavior that will likely cause harm to himself or others. The individual can be brought in by law enforcement if necessary for the evaluation. If the examiners find that involuntary treatment is required, a hearing is scheduled to decide whether or not the individual needs treatment in a hospital or as an outpatient. In either type of commitment, the Court may order inpatient, outpatient, or a combination of treatments.

Children (A person under the age of sixteen):
A child under the age of sixteen can receive treatment upon the consent of the legal custodian. If a child will not cooperate with the parent in obtaining treatment, the same procedures outlined in the Adult section must be followed. In most respects children ages 16 and older are treated as adults and can seek admittance at a facility for treatment.

Oconee County Mental Health Clinic:

115 Carter Park Drive
Seneca, SC 29678
Phone: 864-885-0157

Crisisline Phone: (864) 885-0157

**Crisisline and Clinic line phone number are the same phone number. After 5:00PM on week days, weekends and Holidays the phone line rolls over to the Crisis Center Line.**

Area Hospitals:

Carolina Center for Behavioral Health
Address:
2700 E. Phillips Rd.
Greer, SC 29650
Phone:
864-235-2335
SpringBrook Behavioral Healthcare System
Address:
One Havenwood Lane
Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Phone:
864-834-8013
Marshall I. Pickens Hospital
Address:
701 Grove Rd.
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone:
864-455-8988
Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital
Address:
130 Hwy 252
Anderson, SC 29622
Phone:
864-231-2600
What about emergencies on evenings, weekends, or holidays?

If you have an emergency situation that occurs outside normal working hours, you need to call Crisisline at 885-0157 . A person will talk with you and advise you of the procedures in order to get help for the person in need of assistance. If a dentention order is needed mental health will contact the probate judge office on week-ends, holidays and after regular office hours.

What about patients of private Psychiatrists?
What is involuntary commitment?

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