To increase opportunities for community living for individuals with mental illness.
A high quality of life in the community for each individual served, through the provision of services and supports that meet the individual's needs and preferences.
- Expand opportunities for self-determination and community integration.
- Provide cost-effective alternatives to institutionalization.
- Expand capacity for serving individuals in the community.
- Improve community residential services and supports.
- Enhance the efforts of Central State Hospital and the State of Georgia to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision.
- Provide staffed residential homes in the community.
- Increase the number of individuals placed in the community.
Central Care Community Services is an organizational unit of Central State Hospital. It began operations in August 2002 with the opening of a home that served clients with developmental disabilities. In June 2012, operation of all of the homes for clients with developmental disabilities was turned over to a private company. Central Care’s first home for clients with mental illness opened in November 2005. Central Care currently operates seven homes with a capacity for serving 34 individuals with mental illness. The homes are approved and inspected by the Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD) of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH). They provide cost-effective alternatives to institutionalization and opportunities for the individuals served to develop and realize new levels of independence, responsibility and community involvement. The individuals served participate in homemaking chores, grocery shopping, training to develop and improve skills for daily living, socialization and employment, and recreational and leisure activities. They also access other services, supports and resources available in the community.
Fax Number: 478-445-3025
The mission of Forensic Services is to provide state-of-the-art forensic, psychiatric and mental health evaluation, treatment and recovery services in a safe, secure and therapeutic environment for the individuals we serve.
Forensic Services serves clients who are referred for psychiatric evaluation and treatment from various components of the state's criminal justice and corrections systems. While the program's inpatient units have greater security measures than are found on general psychiatric units, the client treatment services are carried out in accordance with the same professional care standards that apply to general psychiatric (non-forensic) units.
Forensic Services is comprised of five secure forensic inpatient units and three maximum secure forensic inpatient units in the Cook Building. CSH’s Forensic Services Program operates the only maximum secure forensic units in the state. The program operates 184 beds. During fiscal year 2012, the program received an average of five admissions per month.
Forensic Services serves the following individuals:
- Those who are committed to CSH by the criminal justice system for pre-trial psychiatric evaluation and/or inpatient treatment;
- Those who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) at the time of commission of a crime or have been found mentally incompetent to stand trial (IST);
- Those who are admitted with hold orders from jails for psychiatric evaluation, treatment and stabilization; and
- Those who are referred from Georgia Department of Corrections prisons for inpatient psychiatric treatment.
Forensic Services also conducts court-ordered pre-trial evaluations on an outpatient basis in jails.
Forensic Services is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (The Joint Commission)..
Services Chief: Dennis Mize
Clinical Director: Anita Mikita, MD
Nurse Executive: Sarah Kay Brooks, MSN
Fax Number: 478-445-7941
The mission of Nursing Home Services (NHS) is to provide a safe environment and effective rehabilitation, mental health, nursing and medical services for the individuals who are entrusted in our care.
NHS consists of a 205-bed facility named the Craig Center (located in the Boone Building) that provides skilled and intermediate nursing home care for clients with significant medical and nursing needs, in addition to mental illness or developmental disabilities.
Admissions to NHS must meet the Georgia legal requirements for admission to CSH in addition to the criteria for skilled or intermediate nursing care.
NHS offers a wide array of clinical and support services and provides opportunities for off-unit programs and activities for those served.
NHS is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (The Joint Commission) and is certified for participation in the Medicaid Program.
Services Chief: Janice Thomas
Medical Director: Emile Risby, MD
Nurse Executive: Julie Sanders, RN
Fax Number: 478-445-5696