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Sheriff's Office - Charleston County, South Carolina
 
Therapeutic Transportation Unit

In case of an Emergency dial 911

 

 

Lt. P. Tittle / Sgt. A. Moniz

 

The Therapeutic Transportation Unit of the Sheriff's Office locates and transports subjects for mental or chemical dependency evaluations in accordance with orders issued by a Probate Court Judge or Emergency Commitment papers issued by physicians.  After subjects are located and picked-up, they are taken to a designated facility for an evaluation by a physician. Subjects who are subsequently committed to institutions are then transported by the deputies to an appropriate facility as directed by the evaluating doctor, usually in Charleston or Columbia, South Carolina.

 

Office Number:  (843) 740-3103  (Mondays - Fridays, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

                             (843) 202-1700  (After hours,  Weekends and Holidays)

                             911 (For Emergencies)

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Q:  How does Probate Court assist with issues of mental health and chemical dependency?

 

A:  The Charleston County Probate Court provides assistance for emergency evaluations and recuperative commitments for distressed mental health, or chemically dependent residents of Charleston County.

 

Office Number:  (843) 958-5180 (Mondays - Fridays, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)

 

Q:  What is the purpose of our County's Mobile Crisis Unit?


A:  The Mobile Crisis Unit is the gateway to the Charleston County mental health Adult Services.  It is the crisis intervention unit that conducts the initial assessment for involuntary mental health commitment request applications.  They will pursue the needed Probate Court Orders of Detention for evaluation and possible commitment, if the assessment concludes the need for involuntary treatment.

 

Office Number:  (843) 414-2350  (24 hours/7 day week)

 

Q:  What is the purpose of the Charleston Center?

 

A:  The Charleston Center is the gateway to the Charleston County

s (voluntary and involuntary) Chemical Dependency Services.  The petition/application for chemical dependency cases begins at the Charleston Center.  The first step is to call the Assessment Center Helpline.  If voluntary, the caller will be screened to determine the need and an assessment will be scheduled at the caller's or patient's convenience.  If involuntary, the caller will be scheduled for an assessment, during which, a petitioner's application for involuntary evaluation and possible commitment of another must be completed.  The Charleston Center will forward the petitioner's application and investigative findings to Probate Court for processing and further action.  In cases where services are not appropriate to the caller's needs, referrals to outside sources will be made.

 

Office Number:  (843) 958-3300  (Mondays - Fridays, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM)

Help Line:           (843) 722-0100 (24 hours/7day week)

 

Q:  During emergencies, how can I pursue treatment for a mental health, or chemically dependant person, who has suddenly become aggressive, a danger to himself/herself, or hostile toward others?

 

A:  During such emergencies, the following steps should be take.

  1. Dial 911, explain the need/problem to the 911 operator, and summon the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction and EMS for assistance.
     

  2. Provide the 911 operator with as much detail information to include:  known history, behavior, identifies, known medication, prior treatments, case worker, treating physician, present location, etc. to further assist in the summons of other assistance that may become fruitful in the pursuit of a peaceful conclusion.

Q:  As an immediate relative, how can I pursue treatment for a mental health, or a chemically dependant relative, who has been aggressive, a danger to themselves/others, or has a history of losing self control?

 

A:  In Charleston County, an Order of Detention is needed to pursue an evaluation and a possible commitment.  To attain an Order of Detention the following steps should be take:

  1. if your immediate relative is willing to pursue mental health assistance, you can transport him/her to the emergency room of a hospital of choice for evaluation, referral, or possible commitment for treatment.  If he/she is willing to pursue chemical dependency assistance, you can transport him/her to the Charleston Center located at 5 Charleston Center Drive, Charleston, S.C. or call for an appointment.

    Office Numbers:  Refer to directory assistance for hospital of choice.

     

    Charleston Center:   Office Number:  (843) 958-3300

                                          Help Line:          (843) 722-0100
     

  2. If an involuntary mental health commitment is being pursued, you may contact the Charleston County Mobile Crisis Unit to attain a petitioner's application for an Order of Detention.  The County's Mobile Crisis Unit will investigate the application's complaint, and dependant on the investigative results, pursue an Order of Detention through the County's Probate Court, for an evaluation that may result in a commitment for involuntary treatment.

    Office Number:  (843) 414-2350  (24 hours/7 day week)
     

  3. If an involuntary chemical dependency commitment is being pursuer, you may call the Charleston Center's Assessment Center Helpline.  The caller will be scheduled for an assessment, during which, a petitioner's application for a Probate Court Order of Detention for an evaluation must be completed.  The Charleston Center will investigate and forward the petitioner's application and investigative findings to Probate Court for processing and further action.

    Office Number:  (843) 958-3300
    Help Line:          (843) 722-0100

Q:  As an acquaintance, how can I pursue treatment for an acquaintance, who has in the past been aggressive, a danger to themselves or others, or who has often been out of control, where no relative is known, or available?

 

A:  In Charleston County, an Order of Detention is needed to pursue an evaluation, and a possible commitment.  To attain an Order of Detention the following steps should be taken:

  1. If the  acquaintance is willing to pursue mental health assistance, you can transport them to the emergency room of a hospital of choice for evaluation, referral, or possible commitment for treatment.  If they are willing to pursue chemical dependency assistance, you can transport them tot he Charleston Center located at 5 Charleston Center Drive, Charleston, S.C., or call for an appointment.

    Hospital Numbers:  Refer to directory for hospital of choice.

     

    Charleston Center:   Office Number:  (843) 958-3300

                                          Help Line:          (843) 722-0100
     

  2. If an involuntary mental health commitment is being pursued, you may contact the Charleston County mobile Crisis Unit to attain an application for an Order of Detention.  The County's mobile Crisis Unit will investigate the applicant's complaint, and dependant on the investigative results, pursue an Order of Detention through the County's Probate Court, for an evaluation that may result in a commitment for treatment through a local hospital physician.

    Office Number:  (843) 414-2350  (24 hours/7 day week)
     

  3. If an involuntary chemical dependency commitment is being pursued, you may call the Charleston Center's assessment Center helpline.  The caller will be scheduled for an assessment, during which, a petitioner's application for a Probate Court Order of Detention for an evaluation must be completed.  The Charleston Center will investigate, and forward the petitioner's application and investigative findings to Probate Court for processing and further action.

    Office Number:  (843) 958-3300
    Help Line:           (843) 722-0100

 

 

 

 

 

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