State mental health officials have announced expanding service at an Albany facility is expected to create 20 new jobs in the area. Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Frank Berry announced Monday that the department is investing $4.9 million to create a Behavioral Health Crisis Center in Dougherty County.
A new Behavioral Health Crisis Center is being planned for Lowndes County as part of an effort to expand services around the state for those with mental health challenges. Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Frank Berry, said Monday that the new center in Valdosta will include 24 beds and six temporary observation spots at an annual cost of $5 million.
Advocates for the mentally ill say, they're not surprised or concerned by a delay in a plan to improve the state's mental health services. A federal judge this week granted a request to extend the time state officials have to report on their progress in a landmark two-year-old Justice Department settlement.