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Behavioral Health

Hospitals are positioned to play a central role in improving the state’s behavioral health landscape through SCHA’s Behavioral Health Coalition. As the primary providers of emergency medical services, hospitals have become the stopgap for South Carolina’s failing behavioral health system. Hospitals often house behavioral health patients who have no other source of care which puts a strain on hospital resources and capacity.

SCHA supports broad measures to improve the state’s behavioral healthcare system by modernizing behavioral health patient transport, providing programs for crisis intervention and integrating behavioral health services into primary care.