Doctor Frank Shelp, Commissioner of State of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities led a press conference at the Theater at Valdosta State's University Center Thursday Morning.
The State of Georgia and the U-S Department of Justice have reached a settlement that would help those with developmental disabilities by not placing them in state hospitals.
Shelp said it will give them a chance to get the treatment they need.
"Thursday's message really was to say in the past mental health treatment is primarily custodian but today in modern time the expectation is for active treatment," said Shelp.
Shelp said mental health issues can take a toll on a person's life and affect their physical health and their social life.
Shelp said he wants people to know there are options now.