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Posted: November 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm

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Dr. Terri TimberlakeDirector, Office of Adult Mental HealthEmail: 404-463-7149

To identify adult community-based mental health service providers in your area, call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or visit

Office of Adult Mental Health Resource Directory(Updated April 2018)

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DBHDD Procurement of Adult Community Mental Health Private Psychiatric Inpatient Services

During the fall of 2017, DBHDD released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purpose of contracting with an accredited private psychiatric inpatient services provider to serve adults age 18 and up, who have a variety of psychiatric diagnoses. The intended outcome of this RFP would have been provision of private psychiatric inpatient services to individuals appropriately referred by DBHDD or its agent in regions 1, 4, and 6 within the state of Georgia. The current contracts expire at the end of this calendar year.

The department has canceled the RFP and will re-release a new RFP in the fall of 2018. All interested providers must resubmit complete proposals that include all components stated in the RFP and conform to all the requirements stated in the RFP. This applies to any interested offeror, including currently contracted providers of this service.

We hope that the fall 2018 RFP release will result in the completion of a process that identifies successful offerors for the continued service delivery of adult community mental health private psychiatric inpatient services.

If there are questions related to this procurement, please contact

Recovery-based services are available and accessible across the state. DBHDD is making progress to ensure that every area of the state receives its fair share of the available resources and that basic services are accessible to the people with the greatest need.

Many individuals approach the state service system looking for help. State supported services are aimed at those with a diagnosed mental illness, with level of functioning significantly affected by the mental illness, and financially unable to pay for all or part of the services. A service a person receives depends upon a professional determination of need and the services and other community resources available.

Community ServicesCommunity services are provided through contracts with private, for-profit, non-profit, and quasi-public agencies, under contract with DBHDD through the regional offices.Consumer choice is a value that is embraced throughout the system, and is fostered through the development of different kinds of provider agencies, including consumer operated agencies.These organizations vary in scope of services provided including those services commonly utilized by anyone with a mental illness and those services that address more individualized needs.

In 2014, The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Department of Corrections (GDC), and the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN) embarked on a partnership to offer innovative peer support to Georgias Returning Citizens through the development of a Forensic Peer Mentor Program. In 2015 the partnership expanded to include the newly formed Department of Community Supervision (DCS).

This groundbreaking program strengthens our workforce and provides valuable transition and re-entry support for returning citizens. In order to become a forensic peer mentor, peers must obtain either a certified peer specialist (CPS) or certified addiction recovery empowerment specialist (CARES) credential, followed by participation in a week-long intensive, didactic and experiential training-designed to help them use their own unique lived experience of past involvement with the criminal justice system and their recovery from a behavioral health disorder to help the people that they will support with transition/release planning; obtaining stable housing; employment; disability benefits; transportation coordination; linkage to community behavioral health services and recovery supports; and learning new skills. The Forensic peer mentor program supports peers working in five GA prisons, five day reporting centers, three mental health treatment courts and two state hospital forensic units.

This collaborative work continues to advance the Governors focus on prison re-entry initiatives. Data shows that we have been able to greatly increase successful re-entry and reduce the recidivism rate for individuals with mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders who are being released from prison or on probation/parole.

In fiscal years 2017 and 2018 the FPM program served more than 550 returning citizen participants. The primary goal of the FPM program is to reduce recidivism. Since the programs inception only 2 returning citizens experienced a re-arrest, 3 returning citizens required psychiatric readmission, 1 returning citizen experienced a parole/probation revocation.

From Prison to Purpose was produced by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS), and the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN); and features instrumental stakeholders responsible for the programs inception, development and growth. The video highlights how the Forensic Peer Mentor Program plays an integral role in interrupting the cycle of recidivism amongst Georgias returning citizens.

To locate a community mental health service near you, go to or call the Georgia Crisis Access Line at 1-800-715-4225

If you have questions or need further assistance with accessing services, please contact your Regional FieldOffice.

Inpatient ServicesIntensive inpatient services are available to adults requiring hospital treatment. Utilization of inpatient services is closely monitored and every effort is made to prevent hospitalization by first using community-based Crisis Stabilization Programs, 23-hour Temporary Observation units, and Mobile Crisis Services.

To access statewide Inpatient Services, call the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225. For inpatient contact information, go to Regional Hospitals Listing.

Current Adult Mental Health Initiatives

SFY 2016 PATH Grant ApplicationSFY 2018 PATH Grant Application

Memo: Hospital to Community Transitions (December 12, 2016)- Hospital Discharge Guidance- Homeless Verification Letter- PATH Referral Form for Hospitals- DCA Disability Verification

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