Special to the Journal
Atlanta – Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Commissioner Frank Berry will join area state legislators, local officials and community leaders on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. at the Dougherty County Mental Health Outpatient Center to announce expanded infrastructure and mental health services. The expansion will create a Behavioral Health Crisis Center (BHCC), featuring an increase in capacity to 30 beds and six temporary observation beds at an approximate annual investment of $4.9 million.
In total, DBHDD plans to invest more than $17.5 million annually in expanded infrastructure and services throughout Region Four for Georgians who live with mental health challenges. This amount is in addition to the numerous other mental health services the agency currently provides. New or expanded services will include BHCCs, Crisis Stabilization Units, Intensive Case Management Teams and Mobile Crisis teams. The Albany Area Community Service Board’s BHCC and others in Region Four will become emergency receiving facilities for law enforcement to drop off individuals who require mental health services.
The Region Four office is one of six administrative field offices in the DBHDD regional system that works to develop a community-based system of care for its clients. DBHDD Region Four includes the following counties: 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.
EVENT: Announcement of expanded infrastructure and mental health services at the Dougherty County Mental Health Outpatient Center, including a new a Behavioral Health Crisis Center.
DATE: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
TIME: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Dougherty County Mental Health Outpatient Center
Albany Area Community Service Board
601 11th Avenue
Albany, Georgia 31701
Frank Berry has served as commissioner of DBHDD since August, 2012. The DBHDD is the state agency that focuses solely on policies, programs, and services for people with mental illness, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities. The department’s mission is to help the people it serves live a life of recovery and independence.