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We at CHFS Management Services Corporation and Comprehensive Health and Family Services are proud to welcome our new partners SC SHARE and Mental Health America. Their partnership represents the evolution of mental health educational training for Peer Support Specialist Certification on a state and national scale.


SC SHARE is the only statewide mental health consumer run non-profit organization of its kind in South Carolina. The organization is open to anyone who has a mental illness, substance use disorder and/or co-occurring disorder.

Mission and Vision:

  1. We believe that hope is the driving force of recovery, therefore the mission of SC SHARE, a mental health organization, is to promote recovery principles for the people of South Carolina suffering from mental illness, substance use disorder and/or co-occurring disorder.

Core Values:

  • Education: Developing and discovering the skills, knowledge and awareness to cultivate the recovery process in a supportive environment.

  • Choice: Making informed responsible decisions to empower the recovery process.

  • Growth: Advancing and becoming in the recovery process by discovering your highest potential.

  • Hope: The driving force to believe in the recovery process and the expectations for changes.

  • Support: Being there to assist and encourage in the recovery process.

  • Wellness: A positive state of recovery that leads to wholeness of mind, body and spirit.

  • Community awareness and understanding: Education in the community that improves the public perception of mental illness, substance use disorder and/or co-occurring disorder and promotes recovery.

  • Responsibility: Accepting ownership and accountability for self in the recovery process.

  • Empowerment: having the tools, knowledge, skills and courage to grow, discover and proceed in recovery.

How it started:

  1. SC SHARE began in 1985 with a small group of people who had the hope that they could make a difference in the lives of people who lived with mental illness, substance use disorder and/or co-occurring disorder. These innovators formed the organization we call SC SHARE and began self help support groups across the state. Over 60 groups have come and gone in our history. As needs and trends changed, some self-help support group members wanted more direction and guidance for living a life of recovery. In an effort to adapt to the needs of its members, SC SHARE developed a program called Recovery for Life: Helping Others Help Themselves.

About Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it, with recovery as the goal. Much of our current work is guided by the Before Stage 4 (B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process. Learn more about who we are.

Our programs and initiatives fulfill our mission of promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services.

Public Policy: MHA collaborates with a wide audience of affiliates and supporters to advance policy recommendations that promote our mission.

Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services: MHA works to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with lived experience nationwide, and ensure that peers and their voices are integrated into all areas of the organization with a focus on inclusion, self-directed care and recovery.

Education and Outreach: MHA helps Americans of all ages better understand prevention, early identification and intervention through a variety of information, online tools and events.


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