The 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 (SOC), 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 Behavioral Health Coordinator, Hannah Smith at Hsmith@gaaap.org or (404) 881-5089 or Director of Child Health, Fozia Eskew at Feskew@gaaap.org or (404) 881-5074.

  • 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
  • Housing
  • 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 on the reverse side.

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, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225.

GCAL professionals will:

  • Provide crisis intervention services
  • Dispatch mobile crisis teams
  • Assist individuals in finding an open crisis or detox bed across Georgia
  • Link individuals with urgent appointment services

Community Service Boards (CSB’s) in Georgia

1. Lookout Mountain Community Services
lmcs.org
706-638-5580 x4151

2. Highland Rivers Community Service Board
highlandrivershealth.com
800-729- 5700

3. Avita Community Partners
avitapartners.org
800-525-8751

4. Cobb Community Service Board
cobbcsb.com
770-429-5000

6. Douglas Community Service Board
douglascountycsb.com
770-949-8082

7. Clayton Community Service Board
claytoncenter.org
844-438-2778

8. DeKalb Community Service Board
dekcsb.org
404-294-3836

9. View Point Health
myviewpointhealth.org
678-209-2411

10. Advantage Behavioral Health Systems
advantagebhs.org
706-369-6363 x3100

11. Serenity Behavioral Health Systems
serenitybhs.com
706-432-4800

12. River Edge Behavioral Health Center
river-edge.org
478-803-7600

13. Oconee Community Service Board
oconeecenter.org
478-445-5322

15. Pathways Center
pathwayscsb.org
888-247-9048

16. McIntosh Trail Community Service Board
mctrail.org
770-358-5252

17. New Horizons Community Service Board
nhbh.org
706-596-5500

18. Middle Flint Behavioral Healthcare
middleflintbhc.org
229-931-2504

20. Aspire BH and DD Services
aspirebhdd.org
229-430-4140

21. Georgia Pines
georgiapines.net
229-225-4335

22. Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia
bhsga.com
229-671-6170

23A. Community Service Board of Middle Georgia
csbmg.com
478-272-1190

23B. Ogeechee Behavioral Health Services
obhs-ga.org
478-289-2522

24. Pineland Area Community Service Board
pinelandcsb.org
800-746-3526

25. Unison Behavioral Health
unisonbehavioralhealth.com
800-342-8168

26. Gateway Behavioral Health Services
gatewaybhs.org
866-557-9955