Dr. Terri Timberlake
Director, Office of Adult Mental Health
Recovery-based services are available and accessible across the state. DBHDD is making progress to ensure that every area of the state receives its fair share of the available resources and that basic services are accessible to the people with the greatest need.
Many individuals approach the state service system looking for help. State supported services are aimed at those with a diagnosed mental illness, with level of functioning significantly affected by the mental illness, and financially unable to pay for all or part of the services. A service a person receives depends upon a professional determination of need and the services and other community resources available.
Community services are provided through contracts with private, for-profit, non-profit, and quasi-public agencies, under contract with DBHDD through the regional offices. Consumer choice is a value that is embraced throughout the system, and is fostered through the development of different kinds of provider agencies, including consumer operated agencies. These organizations vary in scope of services provided including those services commonly utilized by anyone with a mental illness and those services that address more individualized needs.
- Adult Services - Visit www.mygcal.com to identify adult community-based mental health service providers in your area. These services may be accessed statewide by calling the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.
- Behavioral Health Assessment
- Physician Services
- Nursing Services
- Service Plan Development
- Counseling, Crisis Intervention
- Community Support-Individual
- Supported Employment
- Psychosocial Rehabilitative Services
- Residential Support Services
- Peer Support Services
- Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
This intense, community-based service uses a multi-disciplinary team approach to provide comprehensive treatment and support to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and who are unable to live in the community without this intense level of treatment. Call your Regional Office to find out if ACT services are available in your area.
- Crisis Stabilization Programs (CSP)
This is a residential alternative to inpatient hospitalization, offering community-based psychiatric stabilization and detoxification services on a short-term basis. Go to www.mygcal.com to identify a CSP closest to you. To access this service statewide, call the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.
- Mobile Crisis Services
24/7 mobile response provides immediate on-site crisis management through assessment, de-escalation, consultation and referral with post crisis follow up to assure linkage with recommended services. These services may be accessed by calling the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.
To locate a community mental health service near you, go to www.mygcal.com or call the Georgia Crisis Access Line at 1-800-715-4225
If you have questions or need further assistance with accessing services, please contact your Regional Office.
Intensive inpatient services are available to adults requiring hospital treatment. Utilization of inpatient services is closely monitored and every effort is made to prevent hospitalization by first using community-based Crisis Stabilization Programs, 23-hour Temporary Observation units, and Mobile Crisis Services.
To access statewide Inpatient Services, call the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225. For inpatient contact information, go to Regional Hospitals Listing.
Current Adult Mental Health Initiatives
- Disaster Mental Health Services - Disasters come in many forms. They may occur suddenly or with advance warning. Disasters may be human-caused or an act of nature. Some disasters have names like Katrina or flight numbers while others have faces that we see on the television. Many are known simply as house fires or accidents. All involve sudden loss and profound tragedy in people’s lives. Whether airplane crashes, hurricanes, infectious disease, school shootings, acts of terrorism, or something else, disasters have both physical and mental health components and consequences. Please contact Jeannette David by email at email@example.com with questions or concerns related to Disaster Mental Health Services.
- (PASRR) Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review - Medicaid regulations require States to maintain a PASRR program to screen nursing facility applicants and residents for serious mental illness. The purpose of PASRR is to ensure that nursing facility (NF) applicants and residents with mental illnesses and/or intellectual disabilities are identified, admitted or remain in a NF only if they can be appropriately served in the NF, and provided with needed services including specialized mental health and intellectual disabilities services.
- (PATH) The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness program - Homeless Outreach Teams located in Atlanta, Columbus, Augusta, and Savannah go to the streets and homeless shelters to identify homeless individuals with mental illness, engage them in treatment, and connect them to mental health services and mainstream resources needed to end their homeless cycle. For more information on PATH, go to www.pathprogram.samhsa.gov.
FY 2013 PATH Grant Application
- (SOAR) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, Recovery - PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) funds support a three-year project to increase the number of successful SSI/SSDI applications for Georgians experiencing homelessness, to facilitate their recovery and enable them to become contributing members of their communities.
- (LEPSI) Limited English Proficiency and/or Sensory Impairment - DBHDD is committed to ensure that LEPSI consumers and family members have meaningful language access to all services conducted or supported by DBHDD. Five regional Language Access Coordinators are trained to assist LEPSI consumers in accessing language assistance through a qualified Language Service Vendor. Please contact your Language Access Coordinator at the Regional Office if you have any questions or concerns regarding free interpreting services.
- Peer Support Whole Health Initiative - Please contact Mary Shuman, Office of Recovery Transformation, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns related to this initiative.