Behavioral Health Services Association honors Smith with 2019 Ambassador award

Donny Brock (left) of Trinity Behavioral Care (Marion, Dillon, Marlboro) poses with Glenn Peagler, Sumter Behavioral Health Services; S.C. House Ways & Means Chairman G. Murrell Smith Jr.; Randy Cole, Circle Park Behavioral Health Services (Florence); and Laura Aldinger, BHSA.

FLORENCE, S.C. – S.C. Rep. Murrell Smith was awarded the Behavioral Health Services Association Ambassador Award two weeks ago in Florence.

Smith represents House District 67, Sumter County and serves as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and the Ethics Committee.

Donny Brock of Trinity Behavioral Care said Smith is a big player in getting Trinity capitol project funding for its newly constructed $1.6 million facility located behind the Walmart in Marion County to open in August.

“This is a rather unique deal for a rural county,” Brock said. “We are about to open a state-of-the-art $1.8 million facility owned by Trinity’s nonprofit foundation (Trinity Wellness Foundation), which will house Marion County’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Trinity Behavioral Care).”

Brock also thanked Sen. Kent Williams and Rep. Lucas Atkinson along with the Marion County Healthcare Foundation’s $600,000 grant for making the project possible.

The Ambassador Award recognizes individuals who have championed the 301 provider system and the importance of the services provided.

“Chairman Smith has been an advocate of the local alcohol and drug abuse treatment system authorities, and we are excited to be able to show our gratitude by way of the BHSA Ambassador Award,” BHSA Executive Director Laura Aldinger said. “Because of his support, we’ve been able to expand and increase service delivery across the state.”

BHSA is composed of the 32 local alcohol and drug abuse commissions providing services in all 46 counties. These agencies were created by Act 301 of the 1973 code and provide services through the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.

The mission of BHSA is to support member agencies in the provision of quality behavioral health services that effectively meet the needs of the client and the community. The vision of BHSA is a healthier South Carolina where the negative consequences of substance use and addictions and other behavioral health problems no longer affect the client and community.

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