South Central Alabama Mental Health Board

Contact Information
Phone: 1-877-530-0002 Access to Care
Fax: (334) 222-4660
Phone: (334) 222-2525 Administrative/Business


South Central Alabama Mental Health Board
P.O. Box 1028
Andalusia, AL 36420-1028


19815 Bay Branch Road
Andalusia, AL 36420


Cynthia Hataway, M.S., LPC - Executive Director
Sheila Williams - Associate Director
Dr. Sharon Brown - Clinical Director
Nancy Barnes -  Business Manager
Staci Wilson -  Human Resources Coordinator



Community Based Services:
The South Central Alabama Mental Health Board is a public, non-profit corporation created by the four County governments and nine cities that comprise its service area. This creation was authorized by Act 310 of the Alabama Legislature. SCAMHB is not a state agency – it is an extension of local government – a community agency. In addition to funding from local governments, the SCAMHB receives financial support from community agencies such as United Way. Contributions to the SCAMHB are tax-exempt.
Services are available to every citizen in the Board’s four-county area. However, there may be restrictions on service availability based on priority of diagnosis, financial constraints or program capacity.
The majority of the Board’s funding comes from contracts with Alabama Department of mental Health and Mental Retardation. Individuals qualifying for programs under contract may receive services without regard to personal income. However, there may be a discounted fee based on the individual’s ability to pay.
The Board’s programs qualify for payment through Medicaid, insurance, other third party payers and self-pay fees. All staff and programs of the Board are fully certified through the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
Any individual needing service can be screened and evaluated to determine eligibility for services. Additionally, individuals in crises will be served without regard to funding constraints.

Mental Illness Services:
The Mental Health Center provides an array of services for people who have mental illness and for those persons who experience difficulty in coping with life-events. Any time a person’s problems interfere with his/her ability to function reasonably within the work, home, school or social setting, assistance through counseling or other mental health services may be needed.

The SCAMHB offers the following services:
Crisis Intervention Assessment and Evaluation
Individual Therapy
Group Counseling
Children Services
Psychiatric Services
Medication Monitoring
Case Management
Intensive Day Treatment
Supportive Treatment
Therapeutic Residential Services and Co-Occurring Disorder Residential Services
Information and Referral
Court Liaison and Hospital Evaluations
In-Home Intervention – Adult and Child/Adolescent

Mental Retardation Services:
The Board operates three adult training centers for people with mental retardation. Additionally, the Board’s Mental Retardation Services Director provides evaluation and assessment. The Board offers the following services for individuals who require assistance:
     Evaluation and Assessment
     Early Intervention
     Adult Training
     Case Management
The Board also maintains a close liaison with Supervised Community Living Homes (SCLH) for people with mental retardation, operated by the Volunteers of America, in Andalusia, Enterprise, and Greenville. As a public Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority, the Board is also this area’s link to state mental retardation institution services. Because of funding constraints and eligibility criteria, mental retardation services are more limited than services in other program areas. The Board depends on local funds to match state and federal funding in this program area.

Substance Abuse Services:
The Board offers several services within the Substance Abuse Program. In addition to its crisis residential program, other services include:
     Intensive Outpatient
     Court Referral Program (DUI Classes)
     Prevention Services
Most of the funding for these services comes from contracts with the Alabama Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation thus allowing services to be offered on the basis of the individual’s ability to pay. Entry into all substance abuse programs is coordinated through Access to Care. Many people receive services through our Court Referral Program, but voluntary admissions account for most clientele.

For more information about any of these services, contact:

                     Access to Care



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