History of South Georgia Community Service Board d/b/a Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia
In 1994 House Bill 100 created Community Service Boards (CSBs), which were separate from the County Boards of Health. Community Service Boards were established under their own governing boards, with representation from each county in their service area. Appointees to the Board are made by the County Commissions from each county served.
The legal status of Community Service Boards was refined in 2002 by defining Community Service Boards by statute as public corporations and instrumentalities of the state.
Community Service Boards were restructured under HB 1223 (2006) to continue the functions, duties, and obligations of the Regional Planning Offices and Regional Planning Boards which had been transferred under HB 498 (2002) from Regional Boards defined in HB 100 (1994) to the Department of Human Resources, and later to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).
In July, 2005, the seven (7) existing regions were reduced to five (5) regions to reflect the five DFCS/DJJ regions of the state. This change significantly increased the size of the regions. On July 1, 2010, a new region was added to better serve the state. As of this date there are now six (6) regions.
South Georgia Community Service Board is located in Region Four, which is headquartered in Thomasville. The geographic service area mandated for Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia is comprised of Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner Counties.
Community Service Boards are regarded as public corporations and instrumentalities of the State. HB 498 legislation expanded CSBs’ business powers to include the ability to borrow money and incur debt, liabilities, and obligations for business purposes; carry forward fund balances without lapse; and become a member of a non-profit limited liability company, or other non-profit entity. HB 498 also “recreated” CSBs as non-comprehensive service providers who would provide specific services to be negotiated and contracted annually with the Department of Human Resources. This provision has since been expanded to include CBS’s ability to contract fees for services with the Department of Human Services, the Department of Public Health, or the Department of Community Health, as appropriate so long as fees are used in accordance with statutory nonprofit and public purposes of community service boards.
In summary, Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia is a Community Service Board which has been duly organized and recreated as a public corporation which is an instrumentality of the State of Georgia and a public agency under § 37-2-6 of the official Code of Georgia Annotated to provide disability services within the Counties of Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift, and Turner.
South Georgia Community Service Board d/b/a
Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia
3120 North Oak St Ext, Suite C
Valdosta, GA 31602
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Cook Mental Health
Lowndes Mental Health
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