South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Director's Column
John H. Magill, State Director

Recently, I was fortunate to take part in our yearly Outstanding Employee Ceremony. This year’s event was especially celebratory, as we honored not only SCDMH's outstanding employees, but the nominees for the Louise R. Hassenplug Award as well.

Please join me in congratulating all of our nominees for both awards. The program, which lists their many accomplishments, is attached.

Let's all take a moment to honor the winners:

The 2014 Louise R. Hassenplug Award went to Catawba Community Mental Health Center’s Heyward Mills, a clinician/therapist in the York Adult Clinic in Rock Hill.  Mr. Mills serves on the Assertive Community Treatment Like (ACT-Like) Team at Catawba CMHC and specializes in working with individuals who have dual disorders (mental illness and substance use disorder).  He also volunteers to go out with the Rock Hill Police on calls where the initial response by police indicates a need for mental health outreach. 

The 2013 SCDMH Outstanding Employee is Monica V. Hugee. An employee at Charleston/Dorchester Mental Health Center (CDMHC) since 2007, Ms. Hugee provides therapeutic services to school-based clients and their families. Ms. Hugee is also certified in TF-CBT through MUSC’s Project Best. She recently took on an additional caseload of school-based clients at Eagle Nest Elementary while the assigned clinician was on extended sick leave, while training a new school-based therapist and maintaining her own school-based caseload. 

Congratulations to all of our nominees and our esteemed winners. And thank you to each of you at SCDMH for all you do to improve the lives of those in our community with mental illness.

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John H. Magill
DMH State Director

State Director Magill presenting the 2013 SCDMH Outstanding Employee of the Year Award to Monica V. Hugee. State Director Magill presenting the 2014 Louise R. Hassenplug Award to Heyward Mills.