Behavioral Health Resources
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A system of care can include any organization or provider who has a desire to collaborate and offer support to families. The providers and organizations listed below play a formal role in implementing Georgia’s System of Care State Plan with regards to community and peer support services.
If this is an emergency and you are in need of immediate assistance please call 911 or the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
The Carter Center Mental Health Program
Under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program works to promote awareness about mental health issues, inform public policy, achieve equity for behavioral health care comparable to other health care, and reduce stigma. In Georgia, we work collaboratively to increase access to mental health and substance use care, through initiatives such as advocating for parity – or equity in insurance coverage for mental health and substance use conditions – and school-based behavioral health for youth. Note: the program focuses on public policy and systems change and does not provide direct services to individuals.
Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health (COE)
The Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health is part of the Georgia Health Policy Center which is housed within Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. The Center of Excellence was created in partnership with the Child and Adolescent Office of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). We work in tandem with a broad array of partners to support the development and implementation of a sustainable System of Care that is individualized, comprehensive, coordinated, culturally competent, and driven by child and family needs.
Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD)
CLD translates research into sustainable community practices that contribute to independent, self-determined, inclusive and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families. We provide training, technical assistance, and supportive resources, in addition to research to support the implementation of evidence-based practices.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
As the only free-standing pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the trusted leader in caring for kids. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow through more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs, top healthcare professionals, and leading research and technology. Children’s is one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, managing more than one million patient visits annually at three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and our neighborhood locations. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s has helped improve the lives of kids in Georgia, across the U.S. and around the world for more than 100 years, thanks to generous support from the community. Children’s is committed to being a leader and partner in building a pediatric behavioral and mental health ecosystem that improves outcomes, reduces stigma, and enhances access to prevention, diagnosis and treatment. We designed a plan to help the 1.5 million children in metropolitan Atlanta flourish and thrive, regardless of their circumstances. Together, we will build a pediatric behavioral and mental health ecosystem in which our children can truly feel better today and healthier tomorrow.
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), through a tiered network of enrolled community-based providers and Community Service Boards, offers a range of Community & Peer Support services. These services include peer support services; individual, family, and group counseling; Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Chapters; Youth MOVE Chapters; and more!
To learn more about these services (i.e., how to access, questions, etc.) connect with us using the contact information above.
The Department of Community Health (DCH)
Georgia Families 360°SM, is the Georgia’s managed care program for approximately 27,000 children, youth, and young adults in foster care, children and youth receiving adoption assistance, and select youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Launched on March 3, 2014, Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia, one of the state’s CMOs, provides health care coverage for these populations.
Georgia Families 360° program goals are to:
- Improve access to health care services, particularly for physical and behavioral health services covered by the Medicaid program.
- Increase continuity of care, including when members transition in and out of foster care.
- Enhance health outcomes by providing additional care coordination, and improved physical and behavioral health oversight.
Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is a multi-faceted agency that serves the state`s youthful offenders up to the age of 21. Each day, at 25 facilities and 80 community services offices throughout the state, more than 3,100 DJJ employees work diligently to effect justice as well as redirect and shape the young lives in the agency`s care so they can take responsibility for their delinquent conduct as well as become contributing members of society. At the same time, DJJ seeks to protect the victims of crimes so that they can rebuild their lives. While holding youthful offenders accountable for their actions through probation supervision and secure detention, DJJ provides youth with medical and mental health treatment, as well as specialized programs designed to equip them with the social, intellectual, and emotional tools they will need as adults. DJJ also places a premium on education.
As Georgia`s 181st school district, DJJ offers youth in our custody the opportunity to earn a high school diploma from a system accredited by AdvancED. Thousands of youths are served annually, including those who are placed on probation, sentenced to short-term incarceration, or committed to the Department`s custody by Juvenile Courts.
Services offered are only available to youth in our custody. For questions regarding accessibility, please visit our website.
The Georgia Association of Community Service Boards (GACSB)
As part of Georgia’s Public Safety Net, Community Service Boards (CSBs) serve eligible persons with serious mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and/or addictive diseases who have no insurance and limited means to pay for treatment. CSBs also serve persons with Medicaid. Individuals with other insurances are served based on the CSB’s capacity and local need. The Georgia Association of Community Service Boards (GACSB) is a trade association designed to provide support to all 23 CSBs operating in Georgia in the form of policy and legislative advocacy through a unified voice on both the state and national levels.
Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
The Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is a non-profit organization that is the only statewide pediatric association serving pediatricians in Georgia. Our mission is to improve the health and welfare of all infants, children, and adolescents by maintaining the highest standards of practice in pediatrics and uniting qualified primary care pediatricians and pediatric medical & surgical subspecialists of the state into a representative organization for the advancement of the practice of pediatrics. We work to further the policies and objectives of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) at the state and local level. Chapter members receive support on various issues such as breastfeeding & nutrition, immunizations, behavioral/mental health, and pediatric primary care. To find a pediatrician and obtain information on child well being from the AAP, visit HealthyChildren.org.
Georgia Family Connection Partnership
Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) represents and promotes the work of Georgia Family Connection, the only statewide network of its kind in the country. GaFCP serves as a resource to state agencies across Georgia that work to improve the conditions of children and families. The state’s designated KIDS COUNT grantee, GaFCP also provides state agencies and policymakers at all levels with current, reliable data they need to inform decisions about improving outcomes for the children, families, and communities they serve.
Georgia Parent Support Network (GPSN)
The Georgia Parent Support Network (GPSN) is dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy for children and youth with mental illness, emotional disturbances, and behavioral differences, and their families. GPSN is the state chapter of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health with 32 local Federation chapters. GPSN offers a wide range of behavioral health supports which include formal and informal parent support meetings, Certified Peer Specialist-Parent and Certified Peer Specialist-Youth trainings, awareness campaigns, Therapeutic Foster Care, Transitional Youth Peer Center, Street Outreach program, CHOA Emergency Room CPS-P, Youth MOVE Georgia state chapter with 6 local chapters, among others. GPSN is an organization that prides itself on empowering families, youth, and children across Georgia. We are here for you!
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Georgia
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is one of the nation’s largest grassroots organizations providing advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals affected by mental illness can build better lives. NAMI Georgia envisions a state where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares. NAMI Georgia offers a wide range of programs including support groups, educational classes, workforce development training, and awareness presentations, as well as a resource helpline to find access to the services and support you may need. You are not alone!
Resilient Georgia is dedicated to healing adversity and promoting resiliency in children and families through the prevention and early intervention of ACEs and sharing best practices to support Georgia’s System-of-Care implementation and coordination. We are a large state-wide coalition comprised of over 600 public and private stakeholders. We pride ourselves on connecting, convening and breaking down barriers to allow every Georgian the behavioral health services they need with our end goal of creating a birth through 26 year old integrated behavioral health system. Please contact us at any time to attend one of our general meetings to learn more about what our many partners are doing, how you can get involved, and check out our website and social media platforms for valuable resources, events and opportunities!
Together Georgia (TG) is a state wide network of child and family service providers dedicated to promoting the welfare of children and families across the state. Our member agencies work together to create sustainable solutions for complex challenges facing vulnerable and at-risk populations. TG is a preeminent voice in Georgia’s child and welfare policy-making through Advocacy, Collaboration, Networking, and Communication. The association members consist of community mental health providers, child caring institutions (CCI’s), child placing agencies (CPA’s), and family preservation and support agencies.
United Way of Greater Atlanta 2-1-1
United Way of Greater Atlanta’s (UWGA) 2-1-1 is a full service contact and referral center – connecting residents to assistance they need to address everyday challenges of living, as well as those that develop during emergencies. UWGA’s 2-1-1 Contact Center covers Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale Counties. Additionally, UWGA’s 2-1-1 provides coverage for other 2-1-1 centers in the state: Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Forsyth County, Hall County, and Macon. To search for community services, dial 2-1-1 or call (404) 614-1000. You can also reach 2-1-1 via the web (www.211online.unitedwayatlanta.org), email (email@example.com), or download the 2-1-1 mobile app on your smartphone.
View Point Health
View Point Health is part of Georgia’s Public Safety Net of Community Service Boards (CSBs) and serves eligible individuals with mental health needs, intellectual / developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases who are uninsured, underinsured, have Medicaid, Medicare and some with private insurances. View Point Health offers a comprehensive range of services to youth and adults through hope, help and healing at five outpatient centers including our Alianza Terapeutica Latina (ATL) location in Norcross that provides outpatient services in both Spanish and English. Our services include but are not limited to: individual therapy, medication and psychiatric services, prevention and assessment, groups, day programs for mental health and Individual & Developmental Disabilities, supported employment, supported housing, crisis stabilization units for adolescents and adults, five afterschool clubhouse programs, school based mental health, early treatment programs for first episode of psychosis, Autism outpatient and inpatient crisis services, inpatient substance treatment and intensive community services for youth and adults with complex needs. Through our wide range of supports and extensive community partnerships, we are able to meet the holistic and individualized needs of the individuals and families in our communities. We see recovery happening every day!
Voices for Georgia’s Children
Voices for Georgia’s Children is the state’s only non-partisan statewide “whole child” policy and advocacy organization. Our work is framed in a holistic perspective that allows us to identify how different policies impact children and to propose solutions that benefit children on multiple levels, from access to physical and mental health care, to ensuring high quality child care and education, developmentally appropriate school discipline practices, and supports for youth in foster care. We amplify the voices of Georgia’s children and families at the highest levels of government. Because we believe every child in Georgia can thrive when given the opportunity, we advance laws, policies, and actions that improve all areas of child wellbeing – particularly those furthest from opportunity.
WIN Georgia is one of two Care Management Entities in Georgia. We are a service approach under the Lookout Mountain Community Services umbrella. We are funded by providing Medicaid billable services under the Department of Community Health (DCH), contracted by Care Management Organizations (CMO), and supported by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). We provide Intensive Customized Care Coordination to families statewide. Using a High Fidelity Wraparound approach, WIN Georgia staff help children, young adults, and emerging adults with complex behavioral health needs to achieve recovery and wellness in their homes and communities.