By Greg Gullberg
June 10, 2013
Valdosta, GA - Local people with mental health challenges will soon be getting more focused treatment.
Construction is about to begin for a new Behavioral Health Crisis Center in Valdosta. The new building will offer in-patient care, as opposed to the existing center.
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) will be choosing a site in the next week. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the month. And the center is supposed to open in October.
"We believe strongly that people do better when they're tied closer to the people who will continue to provide after care for them. And to continue to provide their family the support that they need. When people are transported far distances a community tends to lose touch with those people," said Frank Berry, Georgia DBHDD Commissioner.
The new center will create 60 new jobs in Lowndes County.