‘Why would you turn them away?’

Hammond a part of BHSPC story for 40 years

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Dr. Mary Hammond remembers when Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County was “just a little building on the side of the road.”

That building is still there, but the agency has grown to include several offices in Pickens, offering a variety of services to residents.

Hammond has been involved in helping to steer the agency for many years — this year marks her 40th year on the agency’s board. She’s been helping others for far longer than that.

“I was born in the Pickens area and have lived here all my life, except when I was

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