Region 6 Field Office

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

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


Ann Riley, Behavioral Health Regional Services Administrator
Valona Baldwin, Developmental Disabilities Regional Services Administrator

3000 Schatulga Road
Building 4
Columbus, Georgia 31907-2435
Phone: (706) 565-7835

Guide to Community-Based Services in Region 6 (Updated April 2018)

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

The Region 6 Field Office plans and oversees a network of public mental health, developmental disabilities, addictive disease and prevention services for 31 counties.

Counties in this region include Butts, Carroll, Chattahoochee, Clay, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp,Dooly, Fayette, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Lamar, Macon, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Peach, Pike, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Troup, Upson and Webster.

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 6 Priorities 2017-18

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

The Region 6 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)

Meeting Schedule

Date Agenda Minutes

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Agenda

Minutes

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Agenda

Minutes

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

 

 

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held  from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.at Upson County Senior Center
302 S. Bethel Street, Thomaston, GA 30286