South Carolina’s mental health director to resign effective Nov. 1

Department of Mental Health

The director of South Carolina’s Department of Mental Health is resigning, a spokesman for the agency confirmed

Dr. Kenneth Rogers, a psychiatrist who has served as the agency’s director since April 2020, announced in executive session at Thursday’s Mental Health Commission meeting that he would be leaving the agency, effective Nov. 1.

Spokeswoman Tracy LaPointe said the agency would send a news release with more information about Rogers’ resignation at a later date.

Prior to becoming South Carolina’s Mental Health director, Rogers, a Dillon native and graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, worked as chief of psychiatry at Parkland Health and Hospital Corporation in Dallas and taught psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, according to his agency bio.

The State has reached out to the governor’s office for additional information.

The seven-member Mental Health Commission, which is appointed by the governor with confirmation from the Senate, will select the agency’s next director with confirmation from the Senate.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.