Safety-net facility opens for behaviorally impaired

A new option is available in Cobb to those with family members or friends or themselves with behavioral healthcare issues - instead of going to the hospital or police department.

The Health Center was opened this month by the Cobb County and Douglas County Community Services Boards (CSB) at 1758 County Services Parkway SW, Marietta, providing stabilization and walk-in services for adults experiencing behavioral healthcare issues.

"This new unit will work closely with community-based services to help place clients in the least restrictive environment and continue their roads to recovery. It will help us reduce the number of individuals who end up in the ER waiting for a bed or, worse, incarcerated for a minor offense," said CSB Interim Director Bryan Stephens.

This safety-net facility has three programs under one roof:

  • a 24-bed stabilization unit with four additional transition beds,
  • a 6-bed, 23-hour observation-level status program and
  • a 24/7 clinically staffed walk-in center.

"This unit has been two years in the making, and we are very excited to be close to the start of a new program that will improve our engagement with the citizens we serve," Stephens said.

Through the cooperative effort of the Cobb Hospital Authority, Cobb County government and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Cobb's new center will serve thousands of the county's residents in need of immediate mental health and/or addiction treatment services.

"Georgia's investment of new resources in its community-based behavioral healthcare service delivery system is to be congratulated as our state progresses towards a recovery-oriented system-of-care," Stephens said.

The CSB provides mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services to around 10,000 residents of Cobb and Douglas counties annually.

Information: cobbcsb.com, Access Center at 770-422-0202.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

X