Mindworks Georgia (formerly the Interagency Director’s Team), 2019
Mindworks Georgia oversees Georgia’s system of care. Mindworks Georgia is comprised of the following state departments. partner organizations, and consulting members:
We believe you should be involved with all discussions and decisions regarding your, or your child’s, behavioral health. Partners in the system of care want to answer your questions, share resource ideas, and work alongside you to reach your behavioral health goals.
Families can access their local system of care in two ways, 1) contacting their community’s Local Interagency Planning Team (LIPTs) 2) contacting their local Community Service Borard (CSB).
LIPTs are teams of child-serving professionals whose purpose is to work with the family to plan and coordinate service delivery. Families may connect with their LIPT by contacting their county’s LIPT chair. That information can be found here.
When using the LIPT chair List: first locate your county and then use the contact information provided to connect (email or phone) with the local LIPT chair. If you have any questions regarding LIPTs or how to access your LIPT, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another way that families can access Georgia’s system of care is by contacting their local Community Service Board (CSB). CSBs are behavioral health providers that partner with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to offer behavioral health services to families. In addition to behavioral health services, CSBs also offer many other resources and extracurricular opportunities for youth and young adults. To see which CSB serves your community click here.
Over the last 30+ years, Georgia has worked to implement a system of care framework and infrastructure for children’s behavioral health.
Georgia’s system of care has grown to include a coordinated, multilevel system that engages youth, families, state agencies, child service organizations, and other community partners.
To learn more, see below:
The Governor’s Office collaborates directly with the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council. For more information, visit their website by clicking here.
The purpose and mission of the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (BHCC) is to identify overlapping services regarding funding and policy issues in the behavioral health system. The BHCC is led by the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and composed of commissioners from each relevant state agency, legislators, consumers, consumer family members, and state ombudsman.
Mindworks Georgia (formerly the Interagency Director’s Team) was created by Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to design, manage, facilitate, and implement an integrated approach to a child and adolescent system of care that informs policy and practice, and shares resources and funding. Mindworks Georgia is made up of over 20 representatives from state agencies and non-governmental organizations that serve children with behavioral health needs.
Mission Statement: The mission of Mindworks Georgia is to be a multi-agency leadership collaborative that uniquely designs, manages, facilitates, and implements an integrated approach to a child and adolescent system of care that informs policy and practice and shares resources and funding.
Local Interagency Planning Team (LIPT) collaboratives will provide a feedback loop for collaborative learning on the LIPT operation. Regional teams are established at the regional level (six Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability regions). The purpose is to identify shared and cross-cutting issues related to children’s behavioral health as identified in the local interagency planning team processes.
The goals of LIPTs are to:
In Georgia, each community is required to establish a LIPT on behalf of the children living there. While communities may decide if they will use an individual county or multi-county approach, they must bring together child-serving organizations and resources to benefit the families served by the LIPT.
LIPTs improve and facilitate the coordination of services for children living with severe behavioral health needs or addictive diseases. LIPTs focus on assuring the following: