The sponsor of a medical marijuana bill said Monday after a three-hour legislative hearing that the proposal must get significant revisions before it can move forward in the Georgia General Assembly. But state Rep. Allen Peake’s efforts drew support from the vast majority of people who packed the hearing room.
The 26 community boards that offer services to Georgians with behavioral health problems and developmental disabilities would face new oversight under a state Senate bill introduced this week. The legislation follows recent trouble connected with one such community service board in Coastal Georgia. A September state report on Gateway Behavioral Health Services last year said its operation was riddled with financial irregularities and management problems.
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.