Region 4 Field Office

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

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

For non-emergency developmental disability services, call:

Intake & Evaluation Team
Phone: 229-225-5099
Toll free phone: 1-877-683-8557

Jennifer Dunn, Behavioral Health Regional Services Administrator
Timothy Hester, Developmental Disabilities Regional Services Administrator

Mailing Address
PO Box 1378
Thomasville, GA  31799-1378
Phone: 229-225-5099
Fax: 229-227-2918
Toll free: 1-877-683-8557

Street Address
400 S. Pinetree Boulevard
Thomasville, GA  31792

Guide to Community-Based Services Available in   Region 4 (Updated May 2018)

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

The Region 4 Field Office plans and oversees a network of public mental health, developmental disabilities, addictive disease and prevention services for 24 counties.

Counties in this region include Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lee, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, and Worth.

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 4 Priorities 2017 - 18

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

The Region 4 Advisory Council represents 24 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 give a voice to consumers and their families and other citizens in the region in assessing needs and recommending priorities for DBHDD services. The council makes recommendations about services and works with the regional field office to develop an annual plan. Council members stay informed about local needs and issues and serve as advocates with public officials. The main objective of the council is to identify community needs and gaps in the current DBHDD service system and to make recommendations based on their findings.

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)

Meeting Schedule

Date Agenda Minutes

Tuesday, December 12, 2017



Tuesday, February 13, 2018



Tuesday, April 10, 2018



Tuesday, June 12, 2018



Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held  from 1:00 to 3:00 the Region 4 Field Office:
400 S. Pinetree Boulevard, Thomasville, GA 31792