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Race complaints shed light on youth facility's problems

...alteration to the report was initialed "MS." The change was made by Mr. Sowell after he consulted with the mental health director, and their decision took into account the boy's history and psychological problems, said Jaci Vickers, spokeswoman...
Across the area, called 911 to report the fire. SOUTH CAROLINAOfficial targets budget-cut work COLUMBIA - New state Mental Health Director George Gintoli says his first job will be to deal with pending budget cuts. Mr. Gintoli, 50, a former president...
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State has sweet pensions, despite bid to curb them

...physician at Gracewood State School and Hospital in Augusta, $114,072. 4. Carl E. Roland Jr., former mental health director, Georgia Department of Human Resources, $111,624. 5. R. Derril Gay, former executive director, DeKalb...
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...people found not guilty of crimes by reason of insanity. The buildings would at Interstate 20 and Farrow Road. Mental Health director Stephen Soltys said new inpatient hospitals are needed, but that this would not change the agency's commitment...
Local and area briefs

...violent predators in mental health facilities is more costly and controversial than it appears, South Carolina's mental health director says. Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston, sexual offenders identified as violent...
Plan diverts mental patients from hospital emergency rooms

...with these folks the best they can," South Carolina Hospital Association spokeswoman Patti Smoake said. State Mental Health director George Gintoli hopes to halve the number of psychiatric patients, typically 50 to 60 a day, waiting for care...
Funding needed for mental illness

...unrecognized health problem in Georgia and across the country, a new survey shows. The national survey of 351 county mental health directors by Roper Starch Worldwide found that 41 percent saw a lack of services and 37 percent cited a lack of funding...
DMH unaccountable

...defensive when they're criticized. This was the case with a critical audit of South Carolina's Department of Mental Health. Director Stephen Soltys at first ripped the findings, than later changed his mind and agreed to implement most of the...
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