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Corrections, Parties Reach Mental Health Agreement

January 15, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 15, 2015) - The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC), the Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A),  and the class of inmates with serious mental illness who filed the 2005 lawsuit seeking adequate mental health services have reached a preliminary agreement.  After months of successful mediation the parties have agreed to a plan that establishes benchmarks for settling the case.

“This is a significant step in the process of a long-term solution,” said Bryan Stirling, director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections.  “We have been working together to develop a 3-year budget and staffing plan that we hope will be approved by the legislature. Implementation of this plan will be a challenge and will require a great deal of cooperation, however, this is a first step and we look forward to making our prisons safer for the public servants in corrections, inmates and the community,” he added. 

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