Summerville attorney finds no violations at Summerville behavioral facility

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - After recent complaints about the Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health Facility sparked an investigation, the town's attorney says he found the facility to be in compliance with all zoning and business licensing.

At a recent Summerville Town Council meeting, members said they were worried about the safety of the community after several patients escaped from the Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health Facility over the past few months. Mark Stokes, the town's attorney, said Monday that there were no violations found during his recent visit.

At this time there is nothing the Town of Summerville can do to shut the facility down. The Department of Health and Environmental Control did find violations on its last visit and will hold a hearing in Columbia in September.

Over 25 sex offenders are housed in the facility with 60 patients in all.

State Rep. Chris Murphy, who lives in the neighborhood next to the facility, said during a recent town council meeting that he noticed a lack of security during a tour of the facility.

In the past two months, an employee was beaten and on two occasions, several clients with criminal backgrounds escaped.

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