The Toward Local Care Initiative

Two of the primary reasons individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses have difficulty effectively living in their communities are a lack of consistent treatment and poor living conditions. These two issues are effectively addressed through a SCDMH initiative called Toward Local Care (TLC). TLC involves assisting clients in finding appropriate housing and providing services at the residential site.

At Tri-County Mental Health, on-site staff work with clients residing in TLC housing located in our communities to ensure their various needs are met and that the clients develop the skills necessary to live effectively in their community. Tri-County also advocates for these clients while working with other agencies and providers in the community to meet the clients’ non-mental health needs. Working together, the results have been very impressive. Many clients participating in TLC have lived successfully in the community for a number of years.