Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) manages programs and services delivered by community-based behavioral health providers. One example includes the local Community Service Board (CSB). The CSBs are state-designated agencies that provide a safety net of mental and behavioral health services.
The Georgia AAP has partnered with DBHDD to strengthen and enhance the working relationships between Pediatricians and their local CSB in a project we call Behavioral Health Too! The project ensures pediatricians are part of the System of Care, which focuses on how community-based services and support delivery systems can work together to support children and families with or at risk for mental health needs or other challenges.
Key goals of the project include: 1) promoting the SOC and highlighting family and youth peer support, 2) bringing awareness of mental health resources and supports such as CSBs, and 3) increasing bi-directional communication to improve health outcomes.
If you are interested in more information, contact the Chapter’s Behavioral Health Coordinator, Hannah Smith at Hsmith@gaaap.org or (404) 881-5089.
- Addiction Services
- Behavioral Health Assessments
- Case Management and Skill Building
- Crisis Intervention
- Diagnostic Assessment
- Individual, Family and Group Counseling
- Peer Support Services
- Psychiatric Evaluation
* Age at which these services are provided may vary. Contact your CSB to see if these services are provided to children & adolescents.
- Addiction Treatment & Support
- Assertive Community Treatment (Act)
- Behavioral Health Crisis Service
- Crisis Stabilization Units
- Intensive Case Management
- Intensive Family Intervention Prevention Services
- Mobile Crisis
- Peer Wellness Centers
- Psychological Rehabilitation
- Supported Employment
- Youth Clubhouses
* Availability of these services will vary per CSB.
Contact your local CSB to see if a speciality service is provided.
Each CSB individually contracts with public payors such as Medicaid (e.g. Amerigroup, CareSource, & Peach State) and Medicare.
Many CSBs accept private insurance but will vary; contact your CSB to determine if private insurance is accepted. Phone number to your local CSB can be found below.
Individuals not covered by public or private insurance will be asked to pay an amount on a sliding fee scale based on income. Contact your CSB for more details.
Helping the family complete a Release of Information (ROI) form for both your practice and the CSB can ensure bidirectional communication regarding:
- Progress notes
- Laboratory services
- Treatment plans
- Medication management
Providing and exchanging relevant medical information to the CSB can help you continue to manage the healthcare needs of your patient. The patient or parent/guardian must specify the type of information to be shared*.
* A Therapist’s personal notes of a therapy session are protected under HIPAA and cannot be disclosed.
For immediate access to routine or crisis services related to mental health or substance use, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800- 715-4225 or download My GCAL app to access GCAL via text and chat. GCAL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to help you or someone you care for in a crisis.
You can still access these numbers for help: Crisis Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Dial, text, or chat 9-8-8. For more information visit 988ga.org
GCAL & 9-8-8 Professionals Will
- Provide crisis intervention services over the phone
- Assist individuals in finding an open crisis or detox bed in Georgia
- Dispatch mobile crisis teams where appropriate
- Link individuals with behavioral health services
Community Service Boards (CSB’s) in Georgia
9. Middle Flint Behavioral Healthcare
10. Aspire BH and DD Services
11. Georgia Pines CSB
12. Legacy Behavioral Health Services
13. Unison Behavioral Health
14. Gateway CSB
15. Pineland CSB