Adult Mental Health

Dr. Terri Timberlake
Director, Office of Adult Mental Health
Fax: 404-463-7149

To identify adult community-based mental health service providers in your area, call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or visit

Office of Adult Mental Health Resource Directory (Updated April 2018)

ACT Fidelity Reports

Disaster Preparedness for Providers

DBHDD Procurement of Adult Community Mental Health Private Psychiatric Inpatient Services

During the fall of 2017, DBHDD released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purpose of contracting with an accredited private psychiatric inpatient services provider to serve adults age 18 and up, who have a variety of psychiatric diagnoses.  The intended outcome of this RFP would have been provision of private psychiatric inpatient services to individuals appropriately referred by DBHDD or its agent in regions 1, 4, and 6 within the state of Georgia.  The current contracts expire at the end of this calendar year.

The department has canceled the RFP and will re-release a new RFP in the fall of 2018.  All interested providers must resubmit complete proposals that include all components stated in the RFP and conform to all the requirements stated in the RFP.  This applies to any interested offeror, including currently contracted providers of this service.

We hope that the fall 2018 RFP release will result in the completion of a process that identifies successful offerors for the continued service delivery of adult community mental health private psychiatric inpatient services.

If there are questions related to this procurement, please contact


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
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 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.
  • Annual Respect in Recovery 5K Run/Walk
    • The Annual Respect in Recovery 5K Run/Walk is an inter-agency partnership event to end stigma, promote mental health, highlight Georgia’s successful re-entry programs, and celebrate the successes of individuals in recovery. Through increased community awareness and education, individuals are better able to overcome hurdles encountered in recovery.  Your support and participation at this important annual event, held on the second Friday in October, assists in changing the lives of those living with mental illness.
  • Behavioral Health Assessment
  • Forensic Peer Mentor Project
    • In 2014, The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Department of Corrections (GDC), and the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN) embarked on a partnership to offer innovative peer support to Georgia’s Returning Citizens through the development of a Forensic Peer Mentor Program. In 2015 the partnership expanded to include the newly formed Department of Community Supervision (DCS).

      This groundbreaking program strengthens our workforce and provides valuable transition and re-entry support for returning citizens. In order to become a forensic peer mentor, peers must obtain either a certified peer specialist (CPS) or certified addiction recovery empowerment specialist (CARES) credential, followed by participation in a week-long intensive, didactic and experiential training-designed to help them use their own unique lived experience of past involvement with the criminal justice system and their recovery from a behavioral health disorder to help the people that they will support with transition/release planning; obtaining stable housing; employment; disability benefits; transportation coordination; linkage to community behavioral  health services and recovery supports; and learning new skills.  The Forensic peer mentor program supports peers working in five GA prisons, five day reporting centers, three mental health treatment courts and two state hospital forensic units.

      This collaborative work continues to advance the Governor’s focus on prison re-entry initiatives. Data shows that we have been able to greatly increase successful re-entry and reduce the recidivism rate for individuals with mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders who are being released from prison or on probation/parole. 

      In fiscal years 2017 and 2018 the FPM program served more than 550 returning citizen participants.  The primary goal of the FPM program is to reduce recidivism. Since the program’s inception only 2 returning citizens experienced a re-arrest, 3 returning citizens required psychiatric readmission, 1 returning citizen experienced a parole/probation revocation.

      “From Prison to Purpose” (video) was produced by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS), and the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN); and features instrumental stakeholders responsible for the program’s inception, development and growth. The video highlights how the Forensic Peer Mentor Program plays an integral role in interrupting the cycle of recidivism amongst Georgia’s returning citizens.

  • Physician Services
  • Nursing Services
  • Service Plan Development
  • Counseling, Crisis Intervention
  • Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU)/Behavioral Health Crisis Centers (BHCC)
    • CSUs are a residential alternative to inpatient hospitalization, offering community-based, medically-monitored psychiatric stabilization and detoxification services on a short-term basis. A behavioral health crisis center (BHCC) provides 24/7 walk-in access to psychiatric crisis assessment, intervention, and counseling to support individuals experiencing a crisis, substantial and overwhelming stress, or a change in behavior that severely impairs functioning or causes increased personal distress.  Interventions include temporary observation; mobilization of natural support systems; and successful linkage to appropriate levels of care, such as CSU, peer support, or outpatient services, deemed necessary to effectively manage the crisis. Go to to identify a CSU or BHCC closest to you. To access this service statewide, call the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.
  • 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 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.
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training
    • Georgia’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is a dynamic collaboration of professionals committed to people with mental illness. The CIT program is presented by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC), in collaboration with Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), and the Georgia Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), other community advocates and behavioral health providers.  Law enforcement officers who successfully complete the course are equipped with the skills necessary to safely and effectively respond to individuals with behavioral health needs and in crisis. For further information, please contact GPSTC CIT Section Manager, Special Agent Debbie Shaw at (478) 993-4235 or by email at  
  • 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 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 Field Office.

Inpatient Services
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

  1. 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 with questions or concerns related to Disaster Mental Health Services.
  2. (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.
  3. (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

    SFY 2016 PATH Grant Application
    SFY 2018 PATH Grant Application

    Memo: Hospital to Community Transitions (December 12, 2016)

    - Hospital Discharge Guidance
    - Homeless Verification Letter
    - PATH Referral Form for Hospitals
    - DCA Disability Verification
  4. (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.
  5. Peer Support Whole Health Initiative - Please contact Mary Shuman, Office of Recovery Transformation, by email at with questions or concerns related to this initiative.