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May 2019

Reducing Mental Health Disparities Through Sustaining and
Strengthening Healthy Communities: Increasing Knowledge through Research, Education and Practice

Deborah S. Blalock, MEd., LPCS, CPM

Deborah S. Blalock, MEd., LPCS, CPM,

Deputy Director, Division of Community Mental Health Services

Deborah S. Blalock, MEd, LPCS, CPM has served since 2004 as the Executive Director of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center, one of the largest and most innovative of the seventeen centers operated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Ms. Blalock joined the SC Department of Mental Health in 1993 and previously served as Director of Acute Services.

Ms. Blalock has extensive training in crisis negotiation, crisis intervention, and critical incident management. She directed services that focused on people in crisis including the Mobile Crisis Team, South Carolina’s first Mental Health Court, the Crisis Stabilization Center, and services in local detention centers.

In 2015, after the tragic mass shooting and murder of nine parishioners at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Ms. Blalock provided trauma counseling, and since then, she has been engaged with the families of Emanuel AME on their journey to hope, healing, and recovery.

In February 2018 Ms. Blalock was promoted to Deputy Director, Division of Community Mental Health Services.

She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel in 1993 and she is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Certified Public Manager.

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