Senator Kevin Johnson was awarded the Behavioral Health Services Association (BHSA) Legislator of the Year for the SC Senate and Representative Richard “Richie” Yow was recognized as the Legislator of the Year for the SC House of Representatives. Both awards were presented at the BHSA Board Seminar on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
Senator Johnson represents Clarendon, Darlington, Florence and Sumter counties and serves on the Family and Veterans' Services; Finance; Labor, Commerce and Industry; Medical Affairs; and Transportation committees in the SC Senate. Representative Yow represents Chesterfield and Lancaster counties and serves on the Education and Public Works Committee and as 2nd Vice Chairman on the Invitations and Memorial Resolutions Committee in the SC House of Representatives.
The work being done by the substance use disorder treatment system in SC is very important to the health and well-being of the citizens of SC. BHSA recognized these legislators for their continued support and promotion of the substance use prevention, intervention and treatment services to ensure a healthy South Carolina.
BHSA is comprised of the 32 local alcohol and drug abuse commissions providing services in all 46 counties. These agencies were created by Act 301 of the 1973 code and provide services through the SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.
The mission of BHSA is to support member agencies in the provision of quality behavioral health services that effectively meet the needs of the client and the community. The vision of BHSA is a healthier South Carolina where the negative consequences of substance use and addictions and other behavioral health problems no longer impact the client and community.