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For more than two years, public child-serving agencies, providers, families and youth have been developing a statewide plan to provide families of youth with behavioral health needs better services and supports. When a plan like this is developed, it is known as a system of care. 

In South Carolina, this work is known as the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care (PCSC). A system of care:

  • has a broad, flexible array of effective services and supports for a defined population;
  • is organized into a coordinated network;
  • integrates care planning and management across multiple levels;
  • is culturally and linguistically competent;
  • builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth at service delivery, management and policy levels; and
  • has supportive policy and management  

Seven child-serving agency directors and three family members signed an agreement that details the responsibilities and governance of the PCSC. Child-serving agencies include:

  • the South Carolina Continuum of Care,
  • the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services,
  • the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs,
  • the Department of Juvenile Justice,
  • the Department of Mental Health and
  • the Department of Social Services and the Department of Health and Human Services (Medicaid).  


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