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Mental Illness Awareness Week

NAMI Mid-Carolina is hosting a week of FREE Education Meetings.  You can attend one meeting or you can attend them all. 


THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Who Should Attend:  Parents, Educators, Care Givers, Students, Employers, People Living With Mental Illness, Family Members of People Living With Mental Illness, Mental Health Professionals, Veterans, First Responders, and anyone else looking to learn.

Expanded Scope of RPP Services

The South Carolina Recovering Professional Program (SCRPP) is proud to announce an expanded scope of services, additional options for peer support meetings, and a new full-time medical director/MRO.  

RPP Now Welcomes Referrals for Mental Health and/or Behavioral Concerns

Although RPP has historically accepted referrals and provided monitoring for participants diagnosed with a substance use disorder or co-occurring condition, RPP now welcomes referrals for intake and/or initial assessment of healthcare professionals for whom there is a concern of mental health or behavioral condition or disorder to include depression, anxiety, job-related burnout, professional sexual misconduct, or any other condition which can interfere with, or impede, the ability to safely and effectively treat patients. 

Recovery Meeting Participation

SCRPP Participants may now attend expanded recovery meetings that will count towards a participant’s weekly individualized meeting requirements. These include Celebrate Recovery, Smart Recovery and Refuge Recovery. SCRPP is also looking at the potential inclusion of additional meetings that may also count towards weekly requirements. For information on meeting participation, please contact your Recovery Specialist at RPP. 

RPP Welcomes Medical Director and Certified MRO, Dr. Rebecca Payne

On July 1, 2020, Dr. Rebecca Payne joined SCRPP as our full-time medical director.  Dr. Payne received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia in 2005. She completed psychiatry residency training and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of South Carolina. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry.  She is a certified medical review officer and has experience with completing forensic evaluations for LLR. Dr. Payne is now available to consult with participants.

For more information or to refer a colleague or employee who may benefit from our program, give us a call today.

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

September 17, 2020 is National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. The American Association of Suicidology is hosting a day of Facebook interviews for National Physician Suicide Awareness Day on Thursday, September 17th.  You can follow their page and interviews with suicide prevention experts talking about physician suicide and what they can do to help. https://www.facebook.com/AASuicidology/photos/join-our-all-day-national-physician-suicide-awareness-day-facebook-live-streamin/10155843310868927/


A free CME/CNE Live Webinar Featuring Dr. Adam B. Hill is occurring Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 2-3pm EST, presented by Converys and Med-IQ, A Convery’s company. To register for “Hope and Recovery: A Physician’s Journey to Mental Health,” please visit www.cvent.com/d/17q124.  


Other resources on Physician Suicide

New Medical Director

LRADAC announces Rebecca A. Payne, MD as Medical Director for its Recovering Professionals Program (RPP)

Columbia, SC – LRADAC, the designated alcohol and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties, announces that Rebecca A. Payne, MD has been hired as the new Medical Director for its Recovering Professionals Program (RPP). In her role as Medical Director, Dr. Payne will provide clinical oversight for RPP’s confidential referral and monitoring program designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and podiatrists and other licensed healthcare professionals in South Carolina who are experiencing problems related to alcohol and/or other substance use or misuse, or from co-occurring addiction and mental illness, to include: depression, anxiety, job-related burnout, and professional sexual misconduct.

“With one out of every 10 healthcare professionals experiencing alcohol or substance misuse over the course of their career, I am proud to be part of the team that helps these men and women regain control of their lives and return to safe practice,” said Dr. Payne. “We remind healthcare professionals that addiction is treatable and our program ensures that impaired professionals receive the help they need at the earliest point possible.”

Prior to joining the Recovering Professionals Program, Dr. Payne was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and held clinical, teaching, and research roles. She has experience in leadership positions in the clinical setting and within professional organizations along with co-authoring several peer-reviewed publications.  ​

Dr. Payne received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia in 2005. She completed psychiatry residency training and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of South Carolina. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. 

For more information about the Recovering Professionals Program, visit www.scrpp.org.

COVID-19: RPP Operations Update

SCRPP is extremely honored to serve and support healthcare professionals licensed by the State of South Carolina. Whether you serve on the frontlines, have been furloughed or experienced job loss, or are dealing with other COVID-19 related stressors, RPP supports all of its participants. RPP is here to support you through this time and in your recovery.

The SCRPP office remains closed at this time. Although our office is closed, staff continue to work remotely and are available by phone and email during normal business hours. If you need to reach us after hours or need immediate assistance at any time, please contact 803-896-5711.

LRADAC leadership is currently working to reduce the risk of exposure to our participants and staff when we resume onsite operations. RPP has implemented a number of safety measures in advance of our return to onsite operations to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. A plexiglass barrier was installed at the executive assistant’s desk. Front door/entry screenings, temperature checks, and the use of a mask will be required for all participants, visitors, and staff. Surfaces will be routinely professionally cleaned/sanitized and wiped down by staff in between professional cleanings. Hand sanitizer will be available and placed throughout the office. Although the physical office will be open, staff will alternate onsite schedules, and RPP staff work and meetings will continue to be conducted remotely when possible.

SCRPP encourages you to continue to communicate closely with your assigned recovery specialist regarding any specific issue(s) or need(s) you may have. We are here to support you.

Due to social distancing guidelines, online meeting attendance will still be accepted.
SCRPP will update you with a targeted return date to the office and any additional changes that may occur or impact the above re-entry plan as decisions are made. Please continue to be safe, take care, and let us know how we can better assist you with your recovery efforts during this time.

Tia Cooper, SCRPP
Program Director