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Fairfield Behavior Health Services board attends seminar

First Posted: 3:43 pm - February 16th, 2016

By Virginia Schafer - For The Herald Independent



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WINNSBORO — The Behavior Health Services board represented Fairfield County at the annual Behavioral Health Services Association seminar held last month in Myrtle Beach.

Vernon Kennedy Sr., executive director of the Fairfield County office and vice president of the statewide BHSA, was also in attendance at the seminar, held Jan. 15 through Jan. 17. Board members included the Rev. Quincy Pringle, chairman of the board; Barry Bonds, vice chairman; Randy Small, secretary/treasurer; and Attorney Kay Boulware, Eugene F. Clemons, Vernon Anderson and Dr. Virginia Schafer.

Fairfield Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to providing quality, accessible and affordable alcohol, tobacco and other drug intervention, treatment, prevention and education services to the residents of the county. The local board members are passionate about the mission of BHS and work together to make the county healthier and safer. They attend conferences, meetings and trainings on pertinent educational issues, research and legislation.

Fairfield BHS works closely with law officers, educators and political representatives to make the public aware of upcoming issues and legislation. The board members are trained in roles and responsibilities not only on a local basis through orientation and county council regulations but also on a state level by the Alcohol and Drug Commissions.

One of the big issues currently in legislation is the “medical marijuana” controversial bill. Mark Keel, chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spoke about the problematic issues dealing with this subject.

Kennedy, co-chairman of the South Carolina Blunt Truth Task Force, is promoting the second annual Marijuana Summit to be held April 20 at the Medallion Center in Columbia. All educators, parents, faith based personnel, employers and interested persons are encouraged to attend. Visit www.theblunttruthsc.com for more information.

Fairfield BHS is a public nonprofit outpatient treatment facility that also educates the community with events during Alcohol Awareness Month with a 5 K run/walk and during National Recovery Month with the Celebrate Recovery luncheon and other community events.

Other programs include tobacco education, drug prevention through school programs, and nutritional awareness through faith based community training.

Call 803-635-2335 or visit www.fairfieldbhs.org for more information.

By Virginia Schafer

For The Herald Independent

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