Betsey O’Brien has been employed by NAMI South Carolina since November 2004. One of Betsey’s primary responsibilities is the promotion of NAMI programs and support groups to the affiliates in South Carolina. Betsey coordinates the volunteer trainings that are conducted regionally and statewide necessary to sustain programs and support groups.
Another major area of focus over the past few years has been working with the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care for South Carolina, which has a goal of seeking a transformation in policy, management and service delivery in the care of our children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders.
Betsey is a NAMI National Trainer for the Parents and Teachers as Allies Program, a state trainer for Parents and Teachers as Allies and Ending the Silence. She is a trained NAMI Basics and Family to Family Teacher and conducts several support groups for parents of children and adolescents experiencing behavioral or emotional challenges or who live with a mental health diagnosis. Additionally, Betsey is the volunteer president of a local NAMI affiliate, NAMI Piedmont Tri-County.
Ms. O’Brien attended Northeastern University and Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts and is the parent of a 27 year-old son, diagnosed with a mental health condition at a young age.