Renovations at the future site of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center (CDMHC) in North Charleston, South Carolina are nearing completion, according to center administrator Bob Letteney.
“The space is still in the renovation process,” Letteney told Palmetto Business Daily. “Most of the structural work has been completed and now it's in the final phase.”
The CDMHC recently signed a long-term lease for nearly 10,000 square feet of space at the Chicora Life Center in North Charleston, where it will provide exam rooms, workspaces for doctors and school therapists, in addition to a telepsychology center.
Additionally, according to Letteney, the CDMHC will provide outpatient psychiatric services to support the recovery of people with mental illnesses. “These services include, but aren’t limited to individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric medical assessments and nursing services,” he said.
The benefits of being at this new location — which formerly was the Charleston Naval Hospital and is being transformed into a comprehensive social services hub — are twofold, said Letteney, who is also IT director of the CDMHC.
“We currently serve more than 1,200 patients who live in the North Charleston area,” he said. “Having a clinic at the Chicora Life Center will allow easier access to the services we provide to those in need of them.”
Another benefit for the CDMHC is that several other organizations also have signed leases at the Chicora Life Center, including the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Franklin C. Fetter Family Health Center Inc., and the Tri-County Interoffice Group, which supports Alcoholics Anonymous.
Letteney noted that the CDMHC currently partners with a variety of other agencies in the community to coordinate care and to assist in getting patients’ needs met. "So as other agencies move into the Chicora Life Center, we will be able to continue to strengthen those relationships to better benefit our patients.” he said.
The CDMHC hired Bennett Hofford Construction Co. to renovate the new space and add a new heating and air conditioning system.
“We expect to be able to do an initial walk-through in early January, identify any issues needing resolution, and then once that is complete we will begin installing back-office equipment and furniture,” Letteney said. “Since this was a full renovation, we had the ability to configure most of the space so it would meet our needs.”
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