Georgia Crisis & Access Line
For access to services and immediate crisis help, call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225, available 24/7.
This "Community Transitions from State Hospitals" manual serves as the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ (DBHDD) source document for how the transition of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) from a state hospital to a community-based settings should occur. Included in this manual are documents, appendices, and related policies intended to clarify details that individuals transitioning, families, Support Coordinators, hospitals, providers and others should find helpful. The Division of Developmental Disabilities, Office of Transition Services, is the owner of this manual and possesses shared responsibility in the execution and oversight of both these transitions and fidelity to this process. For involved stakeholders, particularly hospitals, Field Offices, and Intensive Support Coordination agencies, this manual should be viewed as a supportive, informative, and educational guide, contributing to a greater understanding of the enhanced process to facilitate successful transitions – as defined operationally below – and positive outcomes and meaningful lives for the most important of all stakeholders, the individual.
Our policy related to Community Transitions from State Hospitals details the process and criteria to aid with a successful transition.