19815 Bay Branch Rd
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
(334) 222-2525



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SCAMHC is an approved Mental Health site for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment program.  Find out the program details and see if you qualify by visiting: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/

SCAMHC is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer and maintains a Drug-Free Workplace


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Welcome to South Central Alabama Mental Health Center

South Central Alabama Mental Health Center


Welcome to the website for South Central Alabama Mental Health Center.  The magnitude of mental illness in this country is staggering.  According to the Surgeon General, one in every five Americans experiences a mental disorder in any given year and half of all Americans have such disorders at some time in their lives.  These illnesses of the brain affect all of us, regardless of age, gender, economic status or ethnicity.  Mental illness affects the mind, body and spirit.  It is a real, common and treatable illness.  Mental illnesses are far more common than cancer, diabetes, heart disease or arthritis.

In spite of the fact that research continues to demonstrate that the right treatment can be effective in improving the symptoms associated with these disorders, nearly two-thirds of all people with diagnosable mental conditions do not seek treatment. The cost of care and the stigma still surrounding both mental illness and substance abuse disorders prompts many people to hide their symptoms and avoid treatment.  South Central Alabama Mental Health Center has been meeting the behavioral health needs of Butler, Crenshaw, Covington, and Coffee counties since 1968.   With principles founded in recovery, the dedicated staff of South Central Alabama Mental Health provide a comprehensive and integrated system of community based programs and services.

We hope you find our web site helpful in your recovery journey or in your efforts to provide support to someone you care about.  Please take advantage of the ways to contact us available throughout this website. Thank you for your interest and please let us know if we can serve you in anyway.

 
                                      Diane Baugher, CPA, MBA
                                      Executive Director

 
Featured Topics
Addictions. Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable. More...
Addictions: Alcohol and Substance Abuse. People who become addicted to alcohol/drugs are gradually introduced and desensitized to them over a period of time. More...
Alternative Mental Health Medicine. This topic center provides information on complementary and alternative forms of medicine, including acupuncture, chiropractic, energy healing, herbal, amino acid, vitamin, naturopathic and homeopathic treatments, hypnosis, massage, spiritual healing, traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, meditation and yoga. More...
Alzheimers Disease and other Cognitive Disorders. This topic center provides information on Alzheimer's Dementia, other forms of dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive disorders such as Delirium, all of which cause problems with thinking, memory, attention, judgment and emotion regulation. More...
Child & Adolescent Development: Overview. An overview of child development theories from a developmental psychological point of view. Reviewed theorists include freud, kohlberg, erikson, piaget, bronfenbrenner More...
Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties. This topic center is a comprehensive overview of the unipolar mood disorders with an emphasis on the causes of and treatments for depression. More...
Family & Relationship Issues. Family and personal relationships and friendships can be very difficult to handle. We've gathered resources to help you learn about and better manage relationship problems you may be experiencing. More...

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