SWCMHC Grand Opening Speech Segments and Ribbon Cutting Videos

State Representative Murrell Smith, R-Sumter

State Representative Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, states it took the support of the entire legislative delegations of Lee, Kershaw, Clarendon, and Sumter counties, as well as city and county councils, school boards, and other sectors of government to make the dream of a new Santee-Wateree Community Mental Health Center a reality. The cooperative efforts of many, came together in the name of progress, to foster a new, robust, and easily accessible mental health system, which will improve the mental health and quality of the lives of many individuals.

SWCMHC Board Chair Sylvia Christian-James

SWCMHC Board Chair Sylvia Christian-James thanked the legislative delegates, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and The Logan Foundation.  The Logan Foundation, named in honor of Mrs. Myrtis Julia Baker Logan, has made numerous monetary contributions to the Center over the past 40 years and donated the funds to construct the free-standing Myrtis Logan Training and Conference Center, which is adjacent to the new Santee-Wateree Community Mental Health Center.  The Training Center will be used for Mental Health Center and community trainings, conferences, and events.

Ribbon Cutting

July 19, 2018 Santee-Wateree Community Mental Health Center (SWCMHC) ribbon cutting ceremony officials and dignitaries, from left to right: State Director John H. Magill, State Representative Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, Sumter County Councilman Eugene Baten, SWCMHC Board Chair Sylvia Christian-James, SWCMHC executive director Jeffery Ham, SWCMHC board members: Catherine Harris, Mary Alice Ipock, and Lawrence Graham.