System of Care Movement Loses a Champion in Dr. Jerome Hanley

February 17, 2012

The System of Care Movement has lost one of its early pioneers with the passing of Dr. Jerome Hanley.

Jerome H. Hanley, Ph.D, was a clinical child psychologist and most recently Director of the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Previous to this position he served for 17 years as the director of the Division of Children, Adolescents and Their Families within the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.  He was also a professor with the University of South Carolina Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, and a Fellow of the Institute for Families in Society. He was the first African-American licensed clinical psychologist in the state of South Carolina and the first African-American psychologist to serve on the state licensing board.

I first met Jerome when he was heading up the CASSP grant in South Carolina in the 1990’s. He was passionate about improving children’s mental health services in the South Carolina and throughout the United States. He was equally passionate about the importance of infusing cultural competence into every aspect of his work and our work to make this world a little better for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families. Jerome was a force to be reckoned with – An orator, scholar, and pretty darned good at telling a joke or two. He will be missed.

  • “Understanding the cultures of those we serve requires more than words and good intentions. The journey toward cultural competence requires the willingness to learn from ones experiences and act.”
    ~ Jerome Hanley, PhD, Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg: Five Stages Toward Cultural Competence ~

If you knew Jerome and would like to share a comment or remembrance please do so. We will forward your thoughts on to those who love him most in South Carolina.

Scott Bryant-Comstock

Obituary posted in The State, February 21, 2012

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