Psychological Services Office
20 McGee Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Inmate Psychological Services
The Detention Center Psychological Services Section is comprised of Clinical Counselors, a
part-time Psychiatrist and an Administrative Specialist. Under the direction of its administrator,
it is responsible for ensuring that a full range of mental health and psychiatric services are
provided to meet the needs of inmates incarcerated within the facility.
Inmate Psychological Care
Psychological services are provided within the Detention Center and are available 24 hours
a day; with psychiatric care provided as necessary.
A five-dollar co-payment is charged to inmates to defray the costs of psychological treatment:
- When care is requested by an inmate and is considered non-emergency in nature by the
Mental Health staff.
- In accordance with all other County ordinances and policies.
These charges are on a per-occurrence basis.
Psychological Services staff does see inmates without money. Inmates
considered indigent are examined and treated as necessary, with co-payments debited from
their accounts in anticipation of funds being deposited.
Because of HIPAA confidentiality laws, the Detention Centers Psychological Services staff
are prohibited from providing inmate mental health/medical information or discussing
inmate history or treatment with friends, family members, attorneys or clergy. We can,
however, accept information regarding medications and history that you feel it would benefit
us to know about the inmate.
My family or friend has a mental illness and has been arrested, what do I do?
The following was prepared as a step-by-step guide to help families cope with
the criminal justice system in Greenville County when a family member who suffers from a brain
disorder (mental illness) is arrested.
Step One: Support Your Relative
- If your family member/friend calls you and says that she/he has been arrested, help him/her
stay calm and offer your help and support.
- If she/he is already at the Detention Center (County Jail), she/he will be screened for
mental illness, as well as other health concerns, upon arrival. It is very important that they
be direct and honest to benefit as much as possible from this screening process. Assure your family
member that it is OK to discuss his/her physical and mental condition, diagnosis, medications,
etc., with the staff conducting the screening, which includes the Operations Booking Staff, the
Medical Staff and Jail Psychological Services staff. It is important that your family member feels
safe to speak openly with the mental health screeners.
Step Two: Send A Fax Or Drop Form Off At Detention Center
Step Three: Contact The Detention Center
- Call the Detention Center at 864.467.2330 and ask to leave a Phone-In-Concern for
Medical the Psychological Service staff. Inform them that your family member suffers from a
mental illness and describe the diagnosis and any other concerns you may have related to
Step Four: Resources And Support
Mental Health Court: A diversion program that seeks to increase compliance
and success of mental health interventions and decrease risk of ongoing involvement with criminal
justice. Participants must apply through their attorneys or via family contact with the Mental
Health Court Coordinator located in the Pre-Trial Intervention office of Greenville County. The
program's caseworker may assist the defense attorney, prosecutor, and the judge in implementing
an alternative sentence to a mental health treatment facility rather than incarceration in a jail
or prison. You may contact them at 864.467.8647.
NAMI National Alliance for Mental Illness: NAMI of Greenville, South Carolina
is a non-profit, grass-roots organization offering support, education and advocacy for families and
friends of people with serious mental illness and for persons with serious mental illness. Family
members, significant others, and inmates might find support and assistance through the "Prison/Jail
Outreach Program." You may contact them at 864.331.3300.
Supporting and coping with a loved one who suffers from a brain disorder can be extremely challenging
and stressful. Knowledge, as well as your love and fortitude, will be essential in helping you to become
a strong and effective support system for your family member. For information about support groups and
educational programs provided free of charge in your area, contact NAMI - the Nations Voice on Mental
Illness at 864.331.3300, or on the internet at
This informational guide was adapted from one written by NAMI volunteers in California, based on
their own personal experience to help families navigate the system. We are not attorneys, and this is
not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Please assist your family member in
obtaining proper legal representation.
Overview of Psychological Services Division programs:
General Mental Health Services: Inmates are seen in response to written
requests, through on-call/triage rotations and assigned zones [assigned areas of the jail].
Clinicians refer inmates for psychiatric referral, collaborate with the Health Services Division
and coordinate continuity of care for in-coming and select out-going inmates.
Psychiatric Services: Targets the pharmacological intervention of mental
illness symptoms. Through evaluation, medication management and clinical follow-up by mental
health clinicians, inmates are moved through the care continuum of crisis stabilization and
mental health maintenance.
Mental Illness Stabilization (GCDC-MIS) program: Targets areas of crisis
stabilization to include the Isolation Dorm, Special Management Unit and the Housing Unit targeted
for occupancy by those with on-going mental health stabilization issues, meeting current
Axis I DSM criteria. The majority of these inmates has a severe and persistent mental illness or
is presenting with mental health crisis symptoms.
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment Program (GCDC-AODT): The Detention Center
holds a SC DHEC license to provide outpatient psychoactive substance abuse treatment to adults. GCDC
is the first Detention Center in South Carolina to have its own license to provide this type of
treatment program. The program is open to adult inmates of GCDC, currently at no charge. Participation
is voluntary and attendance at all sessions required.