Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center

Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center Provider of mental health services to children, adults, and families in Aiken and Barnwell counties.

ABMHC is a community mental health center providing behavioral health services to families, adults, and children who are diagnosed with a mental illness. Intervention, prevention and recovery services may include: Assessment, Therapy, Care-Coordination, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Peer Support & Community Collaboration. ABMHC serves the residents of Aiken and Barnwell counties in South Carolina Persons needing services are encouraged to walk in Monday-Friday 9am-5:00pm for an assessment. We request that you be at the agency no later than 3pm daily in order that we may serve you that day.

07/30/2020

PINNED POST - CLINIC SCHEDULE UPDATE - AUGUST 3, 2020

PROCEDURES:
We continue to accept new patients. Please call ahead if you are a new patient so we can schedule your appointment. Our ACCESS team can be reached at 803-508-7913.

All patients, staff, and visitors will be screened and have their temperatures taken (by infrared thermometer) prior to entering the building.

If you have a face-to-face appointment, we ask that you do NOT bring a visitor with you.

Children may be accompanied by one parent or caregiver.

If you need other arrangements, please call us *in advance*.

CLINIC HOURS:
All three locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm for emergencies and injections. We are able to offer face-to-face appointments based on need or if you do not have the ability to use telehealth services.

CRISIS SERVICES:
As always our, Community Crisis Response Team is active and available. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call 1-833-364-2274.

Our FRST Responders team remains available to provide mental health services to First Responders (EMTs, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Dispatchers, Detention Center Officers). Contact our FRST Team at 1-833-364-3778.

-NOTE: This post replaces the last pinned update, dated June 16, 2020-

We are excited to announce that we're able to offer some fantastic training opportunities to our community. 📣If you'd li...
07/22/2020

We are excited to announce that we're able to offer some fantastic training opportunities to our community. 📣

If you'd like to learn more about participating in training for Mental Health First Aid for Youths, Mental Health First Aid for Adults, or SAFETalk Suicide Prevention Training, we can help!

These trainings are ideal for folks in a wide variety of fields, not just mental health or healthcare, like Business Owners, members of the Faith-based Community, folks who work in Education or with youth, Students, Military, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and more!

Check out the flyers for details, or call Bianca Otterbein, Clinical Director at (803) 508-7837 for more information and/or schedule a training. Let's get started!

Thank you to Aiken-Barnwell MHC Clinic Director Bianca Otterbein for providing support and guidance, and thank you to th...
07/22/2020
Rotary Club learns how bosses can help employees cope with COVID-19

Thank you to Aiken-Barnwell MHC Clinic Director Bianca Otterbein for providing support and guidance, and thank you to the Rotary Club of Aiken for helping us get the word out about maintaining good mental health during these difficult times!

The novel coronavirus pandemic is having a negative impact on mental health, and the recent civil unrest “just compounds the traumas that everyone is experiencing right now,” Bianca Otterbein told

Congratulations to our very own LEE, who has been recognized as one of Aiken, South Carolina's Young Professionals to Fo...
07/20/2020
Lee Bodie: Helping provide mental health care to Aiken and Barnwell counties

Congratulations to our very own LEE, who has been recognized as one of Aiken, South Carolina's Young Professionals to Follow! Read more about Lee in the Aiken Standard. 🏆

Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center looks out for the well-being of local residents, and its center administrator Lee Bodie is the person in charge of making sure administrative functions are

Look! It's Dr. Smith's latest in the Aiken Standard.An alternate link to the post is in the comments.
07/14/2020
Mind Matters: Grief, coronafied

Look! It's Dr. Smith's latest in the Aiken Standard.
An alternate link to the post is in the comments.

You are all familiar with the five stages of grief, made famous by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. They are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We have heard about these and thought

Congratulations to Ashley, featured in the July edition of Arbitrator News, the monthly newsletter of the Juvenile Arbit...
07/07/2020
Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office

Congratulations to Ashley, featured in the July edition of Arbitrator News, the monthly newsletter of the Juvenile Arbitration Program of Aiken, Bamberg, and Barnwell counties! Click the link to view.

The Second Judicial Circuit is comprised of Aiken, Bamberg and Barnwell Counties, and includes a population of nearly 200,000 citizens.

July is National Minority Mental Health Month. Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color in the U.S. are disproportionatel...
07/01/2020

July is National Minority Mental Health Month. Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color in the U.S. are disproportionately affected by #MentalHealth and
substance use issues, often with limited access to support and services. Aiken-Barnwell MHC is dedicated to providing quality, culturally competent services - if you need us, call us. #BIPOCMentalHealthMonth #MinorityMentalHealthMonth

06/16/2020

PINNED POST - CLINIC SCHEDULE UPDATES JUNE 16*

Effective Tuesday, June 16, our locations will operate as follows:

PROCEDURES:
We continue to accept new patients. Please call ahead if you are a new patient so we can schedule your appointment.

All patients, staff, and visitors will be screened and have their temperatures taken (by infrared thermometer) prior to entering the building.

If you have a face-to-face appointment, we ask that you do not bring a visitor with you.

Children may be accompanied by one parent or caregiver. If you need other arrangements, please call us in advance.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Main Office- Aiken
Our Aiken office will be open Mondays - Fridays from 8:30 am-5 pm for emergencies and injections.

Polly Best Center-Barnwell
Polly Best will be open Mondays - Fridays from 8:30 am-5 pm for emergencies and injections.

Hartzog Center- North Augusta
Our Office in North Augusta has reopened two days per week: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 am-5 pm, effective Tuesday, June 16. If you need services, please call and make an appointment to help us ensure the safety of patients and staff.

CRISIS SERVICES:
As always, our local Community Crisis Response team is active and available. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call 1 (833) 364-2274.

Our FRST Responders team remains available to provide mental health services to First Responders (EMTs, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Dispatchers, Detention Center Officers). Contact the FRST team at 1 (833) 364-3778.

-NOTE: This post replaces the last pinned update, dated May 29, 2020-

Thank you to the Aiken Standard for helping get the word out. #MentalHealthMatters
06/09/2020
Mental health resources are available in Aiken County

Thank you to the Aiken Standard for helping get the word out. #MentalHealthMatters

Being mindful of your mental health is just one more way to stay healthy, and there are resources in Aiken County to help if needed.

Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center's cover photo
06/02/2020

Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center's cover photo

05/29/2020

*PINNED POST - CLINIC SCHEDULE UPDATES MAY 29*

Effective Monday, June 1, our locations will operate as follows:

PROCEDURES:
We continue to accept new patients. Please call ahead if you are a new patient so we can schedule your appointment.

All patients, staff, and visitors will be screened and have their temperatures taken (by infrared thermometer) prior to entering the building.

If you have a face-to-face appointment, we ask that you do not bring a visitor with you.

Children may be accompanied by one parent or caregiver. If you need other arrangements, please call us in advance.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Main Office- Aiken
Our Aiken office will be open Mondays - Fridays from 8:30am-5pm for emergencies and injections.

Polly Best Center-Barnwell
Polly Best will be open Mondays - Fridays from 8:30am-5pm for emergencies and injections.

Hartzog center- North Augusta
Our Office in North Augusta remains closed; however, we hope to re-open this clinic several days per week mid-June. Patients who usually receive services at Hartzog will continue to receive services by telehealth from our Aiken Office.

CRISIS SERVICES:
As always, our local Community Crisis Response team is active and available. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call 1 (833) 364-2274.

Our FRST Responders team remains available to provide mental health services to First Responders (EMTs, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Dispatchers, Detention Center Officers). Contact the FRST team at 1 (833) 364-3778.

-note: this post replaces the last pinned update, dated April 8, 2020-

05/29/2020
Coalition for Suicide Prevention of Aiken County

Coalition for Suicide Prevention of Aiken County

Our Chairman got speak with Majorie who is the supervisor of the Mental Health Counselors in Aiken County. Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center works hard in our community to provide services to everyone, including children and adolescents. This is great discussion about concerns with the kiddos as well as an update on what's happening in the Aiken County School System. Take a listen. Please comment below with questions.

Have you taken us up on our #MentalHealthMonth Aiken Rocks challenge? Let's practice self-care by getting some exercise ...
05/26/2020

Have you taken us up on our #MentalHealthMonth Aiken Rocks challenge? Let's practice self-care by getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors.

Aiken-Barnwell Staff have hidden ONE MORE SET messages of #Hope in several locations in our community. Can you find them? **REMEMBER - be safe and practice appropriate physical distancing!** Check out the flyer for hints to get you started. Good luck!

Have you taken us up on our #MentalHealthMonth Aiken Rocks challenge? Let's practice self-care by getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors.

Aiken-Barnwell Staff have hidden ONE MORE SET messages of #Hope in several locations in our community. Can you find them? **REMEMBER - be safe and practice appropriate physical distancing!** Check out the flyer for hints to get you started. Good luck!

Have you taken us up on our #MentalHealthMonth Aiken Rocks challenge? Let's practice self-care by getting some exercise ...
05/26/2020

Have you taken us up on our #MentalHealthMonth Aiken Rocks challenge? Let's practice self-care by getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors.

Aiken-Barnwell Staff have hidden ONE MORE SET messages of #Hope in several locations in our community. Can you find them? **REMEMBER - be safe and practice appropriate physical distancing!** Check out the flyer for hints to get you started. Good luck!

CC: Aiken Rocks! & North Augusta Rocks!

This weekend is going to be BEAUTIFUL, so it's the perfect time for a #MentalHealthMonth challenge! Let's practice self-care by getting some exercise and enjoying the sunshine.

Aiken-Barnwell Staff have hidden messages of #Hope in several locations in our community. Can you find them? **REMEMBER - be safe and practice appropriate physical distancing!** Check out the flyer for hints to get you started. Good luck!

We 💚 our staff! They work hard in the best of times to serve our friends, families, neighbors, and community. So we're n...
05/15/2020

We 💚 our staff!
They work hard in the best of times to serve our friends, families, neighbors, and community. So we're not surprised that they adapted to continue doing so in these uncertain days.

Whether you're on-site providing services, remote working on administrative functions that keep the center and clinics running, or seeing patients from your "home office" via phone or video, we need you and we THANK YOU!

Check out the new decor at our North Augusta and Aiken Locations.
#HeroesWorkHere #MentalHealthMonth

We've made a resource for use by #FaithLeaders - please feel free to share with folks in the community or include in the...
05/12/2020

We've made a resource for use by #FaithLeaders - please feel free to share with folks in the community or include in the print or e-version of your bulletin. If you need us, reach out! #MentalHealthMonth

Here's a fun little game that will help you practice #SelfCare. It's Self-Care Bingo! Make sure you win every day.
05/11/2020

Here's a fun little game that will help you practice #SelfCare.
It's Self-Care Bingo! Make sure you win every day.

This weekend is going to be BEAUTIFUL, so it's the perfect time for a #MentalHealthMonth challenge! Let's practice self-...
05/08/2020

This weekend is going to be BEAUTIFUL, so it's the perfect time for a #MentalHealthMonth challenge! Let's practice self-care by getting some exercise and enjoying the sunshine.

Aiken-Barnwell Staff have hidden messages of #Hope in several locations in our community. Can you find them? **REMEMBER - be safe and practice appropriate physical distancing!** Check out the flyer for hints to get you started. Good luck!

Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center
05/05/2020

Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center

04/23/2020
City of North Augusta - Public Information

Call us - we're here for you. #InThisTogether

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for you, your family, and members of our community as it has dramatically changed our way of life. It is common to feel stressed, confused, scared, angry or anxious during this time. If you or a loved one is struggling with feelings of isolation, anxiety or emotional distress, Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center can assist. You can receive information about services or answers to general questions by calling and speaking with a staff member at 1-803-641-7700. They can discuss current needs and options for treatment, either by phone or secure video, so that individuals in need can remain safe at home. Anyone who is experiencing a psychiatric crisis may contact their Crisis Team at 1-833-364-2274. The Crisis line is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year. It's okay to reach out. Taking care of your mental health during COVID-19 is important!

NAMI's Guía COVID-19 de información y recursos está disponible en español. Tiene información sobre preguntas frecuentes ...
04/23/2020
nami.org

NAMI's Guía COVID-19 de información y recursos está disponible en español. Tiene información sobre preguntas frecuentes y recursos para que encuentres apoyo para ti y tus seres queridos.

Wondering what to expect from a telehealth visit, and how to prepare? Here are some tips that can help, courtesy of MUSC...
04/17/2020

Wondering what to expect from a telehealth visit, and how to prepare? Here are some tips that can help, courtesy of MUSC's Trauma Resilience and Recovery Program.

04/17/2020

One of our School Mental Health counselors took some time out to share some tips for supporting kids while they're out of school - learn more about #Respond #Reflect #Reinforce!

See comments for transcript.

04/08/2020
SC Department of Mental Health-Office of Suicide Prevention

SC Department of Mental Health-Office of Suicide Prevention

Many of us are feeling anxious and uncertain. Our director Jennifer understands and has a special message for you:

We live in uncertain times. Often, uncertainty and fear of the unknown can lead to anxiety, depression, and isolation. I find that when I’m feeling uncertain, it is very helpful to think about what I know to be true…. the facts.

Fact: we have to stay home to protect ourselves and save lives, but we MUST also stay connected to one another. Connecting to our social supports, our family, our co-workers, our neighbors, and others can help us feel less isolated. An old fashioned letter or card is always nice because you have something you can actually hold onto from a friend or loved one. Remember phone calls? Hearing someone’s voice might be just what you need when you’re feeling afraid or worried. Because of our current situation, we have to be more creative in how we connect with others and still stay safe. I am lucky to have a wonderful friend who has been sending Marco Polo videos to help our friend group stay connected. Another wonderful friend dropped off Oreos and a bear to put in our window so that kids walking in the neighborhood for exercise could go on a bear hunt. What creative ways can you find to stay connected to your family, friends, and neighbors?

Fact: We are not alone. Still, there are many of us who don’t have social supports they can connect with. So, maybe we need to connect to our doctor or therapist. Maybe we need to connect to a mental health professional. Maybe, fear, worry, and feeling isolated have even led us to some suicidal thoughts. Remember, though, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Many of us are feeling these same things right now. The South Carolina Department of Mental Health serves every county of our state and is open and here for all of us. There are hotlines we can call, like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or the national Crisis Text Line (text the word “HOME” to 741741). If you need someone from the SCDMH mobile crisis team, call 1-833-364-2274. These phone services are open to us 24 hours/day. Never forget that seeking help is a sign of courage and strength. We are not alone.

Fact: How we connect matters. Keeping up with what is going on in our state and country is very important, but too much "news" right now may increase anxiety for many people. Take time to choose a news source or two that you trust to get reliable information from and watch or listen to them in a certain time frame each day that you choose. Be careful not to go into "information overload". It is OK and healthy to take a "break" from the news for a little while.

Also, work on being kind to yourself and others right now. Speak and listen with compassion because we are all in this together and we are all feeling uncertain and probably afraid. If you are staying home, use this time to nurture your relationships with friends and family more thoughtfully. Use this time to interact with your family intentionally and kindly. And take care of yourself! Find simple things that make you feel calm. For example, for many of us, "snack" foods are a great self-soother – if they are for you, be gentle with yourself for eating them - don't feel guilty. What simple activities or thoughts make you feel calm?

Fact: There is hope. There are plenty of things to feel worried about, frustrated about and confused about right now. Let’s each make time to recognize moments of hope. Hope and gratitude are so important in helping us survive these moments. For instance, I am grateful I have the ability to connect with each of you reading this post. I am grateful for the sunshine today. I am hopeful that we can all see life is still growing in the form of nature, renewed friendships, closer communities, and newly learned coping skills. I am grateful for all of the new resources in our state for people who are anxious, stressed, and unsure.

SCDMH is now providing approximately 95% of its services either by phone or secure video to keep everyone safe and connected. If you haven't already, visit the SCDMH website for information and community resources at www.scdmh.net.

These are the facts I’m holding onto right now. When I make time to think about these facts, find things to be grateful for and hopeful about, and remember we are all in this together, I don’t feel so alone and I am able to find hope. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected.


Sincerely,
Jennifer Butler

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1135 Gregg Highway
Aiken, SC
29801

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Safety and Clinical Disclaimer: Information contained on these pages is NOT intended as treatment advice. MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES ***If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, we encourage you to reach out, IMMEDIATELY: • Call our statewide Crisis Response dispatcher, 24/7/365 toll free: 1 (833) 364-2274. • Call 911 • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,toll free: 1 (800) 273-TALK ABOUT US Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center (ABMHC) is one of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s 16 community mental health centers, providing mental health services to adults, children and their families in Aiken and Barnwell counties.

ABMHC is committed to providing quality mental health services, and has a talented team of psychiatrists, mental health counselors, nurses, case-managers, administrative, and support staff who are passionate about helping people.

Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center has provided mental health services to the residents of Aiken & Barnwell counties since July 1, 1965, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International).

Core Values

Respect for the Individual - Each person who receives our services will be treated with respect and dignity, and will be a partner in achieving recovery. We commit ourselves to services that:


  • Honor the rights, wishes, and needs of each individual;

  • Promote each individual’s quality of life;

  • Focus on each individual’s strengths in the context of his or her own culture;

  • Focus independence and recovery;

  • Demonstrate the value of family inclusion and the benefits of strong family support.
  • Support for Local Care - We believe people are best served in or near their own homes or the community of their choice. We commit to the availability of a full and flexible array of coordinated services in every community across the state, and to services that are provided in a healthy environment. We believe in services that build upon critical local supports: family, friends, faith communities, healthcare providers, and other community services that offer employment, learning, leisure pursuits, and other human or clinical supports.

    Commitment to Quality - We will be an agency worthy of the highest level of public trust. We will provide treatment environments that are safe and therapeutic, and work environments that inspire and promote innovation and creativity. We will hire, train, support and retain staff who are culturally and linguistically competent, who are committed to the recovery philosophy, and who value continuous learning and research. We will provide services efficiently and effectively, and will strive always to provide interventions that are scientifically proven to support recovery.

    Dedication to improved public awareness and knowledge - We believe that people with mental illnesses, trauma victims, and others who experience severe emotional distress, are often the object of misunderstanding and stigmatizing attitudes. Therefore, we will build formal partnerships with the state's educational leadership and institutions, including both K-12 and institutions of higher learning, to enhance curriculum content on mental health. We will work with employers, sister agencies, and public media to combat prejudice born of ignorance about mental illnesses. In addition, we will expect our own staff to be leaders in the anti-stigma campaign.

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