The Center employs highly qualified professionals to administer the following programs and services representing the disciplines of counseling, psychology, social work, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and rehabilitation. It also employs a talented administrative support staff to implement effectively an organized system of behavioral health care.





 The Outpatient Treatment Program provides a variety of treatment services that include individual, group, and family counseling and education on recovery and wellness.  Treatment is provided in a coordinated, comprehensive and defined structure and may vary in level of intensity. Treatment services are designed to assist the person served to achieve identified goals toward recovery, related to areas such as psychological or social functioning, self-esteem and growth, coping and decision making abilities, relational problems, and mental illness symptom reduction.


Outpatient Treatment is available to adults, children, and adolescents and their families, with a priority given to those with a serious mental illness.


Any person experiencing a treatable mental illness and who could likely benefit from individual, group, or family therapy is eligible for admission.  Maximum benefit from this program is expected to be reached within a six month time frame.  With sufficient justification the length of treatment may be extended based on the needs of the client.  Referral sources and recommendations will be provided as needed by clinical staff, or at the request of the person served.     


Outpatient services are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This program is closed on DMH approved Holidays. 


Emergency after-hours crisis intervention is available by calling the AOP Center phone number or County Clinic phone number, which is transferred to a centrally answered crisis line for after-hours services and response.  Clinicians in each County are on-call to respond to calls needing a Mental Health Professional’s (MHP) intervention.  This intervention includes responding to local emergency rooms after hours, for assessment and consultation for commitment purposes. 


Provision of outpatient treatment continues to be a priority for the AOP Board of Directors and our Mental Health Center.  Staff assignments and other financial resources are allocated to support the Outpatient Treatment Program.  Adequate facility space is provided for staff to meet client needs for treatment in a comfortable setting. 


Outpatient treatment may be provided in a number of settings based on treatment needs for the person served.  The majority of treatment will occur in a clinic setting; however specialized programs may involve home visits or treatment within schools for children. 


We believe the people we serve have the right to personal dignity, respect, and the highest possible degree of independence.  We are committed to services that promote the individual’s recovery from mental illness and that are delivered in the least restrictive environment.   

In active partnership with the person served, Outpatient Treatment provides services that are based on individual strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences with a focus on building or increasing existing levels of functioning and reducing symptoms of mental illness.  Emphasis is placed on helping the person served accomplish self-described goals, as well as increasing abilities to function within the family, school, workplace and/or community. 


The Department of Mental Health accepts major payer sources including Medicaid, Medicare and Private Insurance.  During the administrative intake, individuals are provided a copy of the current rate schedule.  At any time individuals may contact their local clinic to ask the administrative specialist current rate schedules, or to determine insurance coverage.



Ø  To provide timely and accurate assessment that identifies behaviors, symptoms, and issues that may benefit from treatment and provide the necessary framework for treatment planning.

Ø  To provide linkage and integration with other community services when indicated.

Ø  To assist individuals and families to meet identified goals through the use of brief strategic type interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, education on wellness and recovery, and interpersonal and/or social skills development.

Ø  To maximize individual and/or family functioning.

Ø  To measure and demonstrate progress of the person served through the use of such outcomes measures as Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale, client employment, housing, and community tenure, achievement of client self-described goals, Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), AOP Post Assessment Survey and MHSIP Survey.


Outpatient treatment is provided on a one-to-one basis or in groups and includes the following list of services, based on the needs of the person served: 


              Individual Therapy

          Family Therapy

          Group Therapy

          Crisis Intervention Service

          Service Plan Development

          Psychiatric Medical Assessment

          Nursing Service

          Medication Monitoring

          Injection Administration Service

          Behavioral Modification Services              

          Family Outreach Services

                 Dual Diagnosis Services


Needs of special populations are addressed by making requested and needed accommodations to insure full utilization and benefits of outpatient treatment and/or enlisting outside resources to insure access to services. 

Examples include

Ø  TDD machines and ASL for the hearing impaired

Ø  Wheelchair accessible facilities

Ø  Bilingual staff, Language Line, and foreign language interpreters

Ø  Specially trained staff to meet the needs of dually diagnosed persons

Ø  Ongoing cultural competence training

Ø  Signage in Brail for the visually impaired

Ø  Coordination with other public and private agencies to deliver specialized services for specific disorders/disabilities  


The disciplines of counseling, social work, psychology, nursing and psychiatry comprise the interdisciplinary treatment team.  Team interaction occurs at a regularly scheduled weekly team meeting to review the intake assessment, diagnosis, treatment needs and goals/objectives of the person served, and the plan of care (POC).  During this staff meeting each person accepted for treatment is assigned a primary therapist who provides outpatient services and works closely with the assigned physician to coordinate care.    


Peer Support is a helping relationship between mental health clients and Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) encouraging respect, trust, and warmth. The primary responsibility of Certified Peer Supoort Specialist is to help empower clients to achieve their own needs, wants and goals, as specified in the client's overall Plan of Care (POC).



The Supported Employment Demonstration (SED) is a randomized controlled trial of evidence-based vocational and mental heath services.  The study goals are: (1) successful employment, (2) improved mental health, and (3) reduced demand for Social Security disability benefits.  The study will take place in 30 mintal health agencies across 20 states.  The participants in SED will be 3,000 adults who have been recently denied in a first application for disability (SSI or SSDI) due to mental impairments.  The three arms of the random assigment are: a Full Service arm (team leader, IPS supported employment, case management, other behavioral health services, nurse care coordination, and systematic medication mananagement), a Basic Service arm (similar to Full Services without the systematic medication manangement facilitated by the nurse care coordination), and a Usual Service arm (control group).


Individuals seeking services should contact the clinic in their county of residence

Anderson Mental Health Center Oconee Mental Health Clinic  Pickens Mental Health Clinic  Child, Adolescent & Family
200 McGee Road  115 Carter Park Road 337 West Main Street    William E. Pascoe Center*
Anderson, SC 29625        Seneca, SC 29678 Easley, SC 29640 515 A Camson Road
864-260-2220  864-885-0157 865-878-6830   Anderson, SC 29625


*This center is for Anderson County C&A services. The Pickens and Oconee County satellite clinics provide C&A services within their respective clinics.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Child and Adolescent Services

The following is a broadly defined group of Center services offered in all three counties to children and adolescents, under the umbrella of outpatient treatment.

School Based Services

School Based services are provided in all three counties. AOP clinical staff render services within school premises during regular hours to children and adolescents. Referrals are made mainly by school personnel and family members.  Those who are in need of Psychiatric Medical Assessment services, such as medication prescribing and monitoring, are referred to Center physicians.

McCants Middle School  Lakeside Middle School West Oak High School
Marchbanks Ave.   315 Pearman Dairy Road 130 Warrior Lane
Anderson, SC 29624  Anderson, SC 29625 Westminister, SC  29693
864-260-5145   864-260-4331   
Westside High School McLees Elementary School West Oak Middle School
806 Pearman Dairy Road 4900 Dobbins Bridge Road 501 Westminster Hwy.
Anderson, SC  29625 Anderson, SC 29626 Westminster, SC  29693
864-260-5230 864-716-3600 864-886-4525
Glenview Middle School  Pendleton Elementary School Palmetto High School
2575 Old Williamston Road 902 East Queen Street 804 N. Hamilton St.
Anderson, SC  29621 Pendleton, SC  29670 Williamston, SC  29697
864-716-4060 864-403-2500 864-847-7311
Robert Anderson Middle School  Nevitt Forest Elementary School Palmetto Middle School
2302 Dobbins Bridge Road  1401 Bolt Drive 803 N. Hamilton St.
Anderson, SC  29626 Anderson, SC 29621 Williamston, SC  29697


864-260-5190 864-847-4333
TL Hanna High School Gettys Middle School Crescent High School
2600 Highway 81 North 105 Stewart Drive 9104 SC-81
Anderson, SC 29621 Easley, SC  29640 Iva, SC  29655
864-260-5110 864-855-8172 864-352-6175
Pendleton High School Tamassee DAR School Starr-Iva Middle School
7324 Highway 187 P.O. Box 8 1034 Rainey Rd.
Anderson, SC  29625 Tamassee, SC 29686 Starr, SC  29684
864-646-8040 864-944-3024 864-352-6146
Riverside Middle School La France Elementary School Belton Elementary School

458 Riverside Street

550 Williams Street  202 Watkins Street
Pendleton, SC 29670 Pendleton, SC  29670

Belton, SC  29627


864-403-2300 864-338-7738
Pickens County DSS  Wren High School Wren Middle School
212 McDaniel Avenue  905 Wren School Rd. 1010 Wren School Rd.,
Pickens, SC  29671  Piedmont, SC  29673 Piedmont, SC  29673
864-898-5810 864-850-5900 864-850-5930
Liberty Middle School Liberty High School Pickens High School
125 Falcon Lane 124 Red Devil Drive 4314 Moorefield Memorial Hwy.
Liberty, SC 29657 Liberty, SC 29657 Pickens, SC  29671
864-397-3400 864-397-2600 864-397-3600
Powdersville High School Powdersville Middle School Ambler Elementary School
145 Hood Rd. 135 Hood Rd. Ambler School Rd.
Greenville, SC  29611 Greenville, SC  29611 Pickens, SC  29671
864-312-5641 864-269-1821 864-397-1200

Community Based Services

Offered in Anderson and Pickens counties, this program offers intensive in-home services to families at serious risk of becoming fragmented. Families may be seen daily by Center staff in an effort to help them reach their goals.

Children’s Alternative to Placement (CAP)

CAP is designed to help children with special emotional and/or behavioral needs. CAP intervention attempts to stabilize and strengthen the family unit and prevent a possible out of home placement for the child. There are two primary CAP services: Behavioral Intervention and Caregiver services. Behavioral Intervention helps the child restructure his/her environment by aiding in the learning how to change existing behavior patterns, in acquiring new, more positive behaviors, and in functioning more effectively with those in his/her home, school or social environments. Caregiver service is designed to develop and/or improve the ability of the caregivers to recognize and attend to the needs of their child and to strengthen the home environment. Achieving success in each of these areas allows the children to remain in their home.