Region 1 Field Office

For emergency mental health, developmental disability or addictive disease services, call:

Georgia Crisis & Access Line: 1-800-715-4225

For non-emergency mental health and addictive diseases services, call 1-877-217-4462.

For non-emergency developmental disability services, call 1-877-217-4462.

Hetal Patel, Ph. D., Behavioral Health Regional Services Administrator
Elise Beumer, Developmental Disabilities Regional Services Administrator

1230 Bald Ridge Marina Road
Suite 800
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone  –  678-947-2818
Toll Free – 1-877-217-4462

Guide to Community-Based Services Available in Region 1 (Updated April 2018)

Locate a Behavioral Health (BH) or Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) service provider

The Region 1 Field Office coordinates a network of public mental health, developmental disabilities, addictive disease and prevention services for 31 counties.

Counties in this region include: Banks, Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, Douglas, Fanin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Haralson,Hart, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White, and Whitfield.

To receive information about available services and providers, become a provider, provide feedback about services, or make a complaint, contact the regional field office or visit the Georgia Collaborative ASO website.

Advisory Council

Region 1 Priorities 2017-18

DBHDD Regional Advisory Councils are created and authorized pursuiant to O.C.G.A. Section 37-1-20.

The Region 1 Advisory Council represents 31 counties in the region. Members are appointed by their county commissioners; they are business and civic leaders with a strong interest in mental health, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases as well as consumers or family members of consumers.

The role of the Advisory Council is to promote public awareness of mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases disorders, and to help the public better understand consumers and their needs and services. Council members stay informed about local needs and issues, and serve as advocates with public officials. The main objective of the council is to assist the department in fulfilling its vision of "easy access to high-quality care that leads to a life of recovery and independence for the people we serve."

2017-2018 DBHDD Statewide Priorities and Key Strategies

Priority 1: Children, Young Adults, and Families

Expand early identification, intervention, prevention, and treatment programs addressing behavioral health needs for children, young adults, and families (CYF), including those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

  • Decrease suicide    (I)
  • Collaborate with agencies and schools to identify at-risk families    (I)
  • Expand Georgia Apex Program (GAP), a school-based mental health program offered through Community Service Boards (CSBs)    (I)
  • Educate communities about warning signs and accessing treatment    (I)
  • Research effectiveness of early intervention in schools    (II)
  • Expand funding for Community Service Board (CSB) services for children, young adults, and families (CYF)   (II)
  • Develop step-down and Community Service Board (CSB) services and treatment programs for substance       abuse    (II)
  • Utilize Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) concept with at-risk families    (II)
  • Redirect monies from Intensive Family Intervention (IFI) to early intervention and treatment    (III)
  • Use broad admission criteria for first 60 days of treatment    (III)
  • Support further development of clubhouses in all regions     (III)


Priority 2: Judicial System

Increase prevention efforts to reduce judicial system involvement of individuals with Behavioral Health (BH) and Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) challenges.

  • Institute prevention and early intervention programs in elementary schools and study effectiveness    (I)
  • Provide crisis intervention training to extended groups of first responders    (II)
  • Add Behavioral Health (BH) staff and Mental Health (MH) professionals to court programs where needed statewide to reduce recidivism rates and improve coordination    (II)


Priority 3: Housing and Residential Services

Increase availability and improve quality of housing and residential services.

  • Improve staff training and revise standards for staffing credentials    (I)
  • Develop supported group housing for a minimum of 60 days for individuals transitioning out of Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs)    (I)
  • Increase clinical oversight and improve Developmental Disability Professional (DDP) ratio in residential programs    (II)
  • Explore Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) housing issues related to group and host homes    (II)
  • Expedite licensing of group homes    (II)
  • Study array, availability, and quality of housing for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)    (II)
  • Explore using private developers for home construction    (II)
  • Meet the legal requirement for provision of housing for individuals transferred from institutions    (III)

2018 Meeting Schedule

Date Agenda Minutes

Thursday, February 8, 2018

*Region 1 Field Office: 1230 Bald Ridge Marina Road, Suite 800 Cumming, Georgia 30041

Agenda Minutes

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Agenda Minutes

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Thursday, August 9, 2018


Thursday, October 11, 2018


Thursday, December 13, 2018


Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Jury Assembly Room, first floor of the Forsyth County Courthouse,
101 East Courthouse Square, Cumming GA 30040