Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Disability Services
Behavioral Health Services offers an array of outpatient services to help individuals with mental health, addictive disease and developmental disability issues become healthy and productive members of society. Service delivery is tailored to the individual and is based on consumer needs and preferences. It is always our goal to provide high quality services through our caring and professional staff.
Behavioral Health Assessment
A face to face comprehensive clinical assessment conducted to determine the individual’s problems, strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences, to develop a social and medical history to determine functional level and degree of ability verses disability.
Psychotherapeutic services with medical evaluation and management including evaluation and assessment of physiological issues. Assessment and monitoring of an individual’s status in relation to treatment with medication and ongoing assessment of the appropriateness of initiating or continuing services.
Services provided to observe, monitor and care for the physical, nutritional, and psychological issues that may arise during an individual’s course of treatment. Also, monitoring of an individual’s response to medication, educating the consumer and family about medication and its side effects, and training for self-administration of medication.
Counseling techniques are used to assist a person in identifying and resolving personal, social, vocational, intrapersonal and interpersonal concerns. This may include: illness and medication self management, problem solving and cognitive skills, adaptive behaviors and skills, interpersonal skills, and knowledge regarding mental illness, substance related disorders and other relevant topics that assist in meeting the individual’s or the support system’s needs.
A therapeutic intervention provided in a group format directed toward achievement of specific goals defined by the individual consumer. Services may address goals/issues such as promoting recovery, and the restoration, development, enhancement or maintenance of: cognitive processing skills, healthy coping skills, adaptive behaviors and skills, interpersonal skills, and identifying and resolving personal, social, intrapersonal and interpersonal concerns.
This service provides systematic interactions between the identified individual consumer, staff and the individual’s identified family members directed toward the restoration, development, enhancement or maintenance of functioning of the identified consumer/family unit. This includes support of the family and specific therapeutic interventions/activities to enhance family roles, relationships, communication and functioning that promote recovery of the individual.
Community Supports Individual
Case management type services to provide rehabilitative, environmental support and resource coordination considered essential to assist an individual in gaining access to necessary services and in restoring him or herself to the best possible functional level with the greatest degree of life quality enhancement, self-efficacy and recovery, illness self management, and symptom reduction possible. Assistance may include, training in how to take medication, daily living skills, learning about one’s mental illness, accessing community resources, etc.
Services that are directed toward the support of an individual who is experiencing an abrupt and substantial change in behavior which is usually associated with a precipitating situation and which is in the direction of severe impairment of functioning or marked distress. This service is designed to prevent out of community placement or hospitalization.
A therapeutic, rehabilitative, skill building and recovery promoting service for individuals to gain the skills necessary to allow them to remain in or return to naturally occurring community settings and activities. Services include: individual or group skill building activities that focus on the development of skills to be used by individuals in their living, learning, working, and social environments, social, problem solving and coping skill development, illness and medication self-management, prevocational skills, and recreational activities/leisure skills.
Adult Substance Abuse Day Treatment
A time limited, multi-faceted approach treatment service for persons who require structure and support to achieve and sustain recovery from substance related disorders. The following services are included: didactic presentations and psycho-educational information, individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, and regular urine drug screens.
Adult Peer Supports
Structured activities within a peer support center that promote socialization, recovery, wellness, self-advocacy, development of natural supports, and maintenance of community living skills. Activities are provided between and among individuals who have common issues and needs, and are consumer motivated, initiated and/or managed, and assist individual s in living as independently as possible.
Women's Substance Abuse Day Treatment (TANF Program)
This program is for women only and specifically targets women enrolled in the state funded TANF program. This is a time limited, multi-faceted approach treatment service for persons who require structure and support to achieve and sustain recovery from substance related disorders. The following services are included: didactic presentations and psycho-educational information, individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, and regular urine drug screens.
HIV Early Intervention Services
-confidential HIV risk assessment
-Rapid HIV testing with same day results
-Risk reduction planning
-Referral for HIV/AIDS services
*no fees charged for the above services
Two levels of residential services are provided (independent, and Intensive). Both include on site programming to assist individuals with successfully maintaining housing stability in the community, continue with their recovery, and increase self-sufficiency
Shelter Plus Care
A Federally funded grant program that provides permanent housing and support services to those who meet the Federal definition of homeless and have been diagnosed with a mental illness or substance related diagnosis.
Community Access Group and Individual/Day Support
Services designed to assist the participant in acquiring, retaining, or improving self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills required for active community participation and independent functioning outside the participant’s home or family home. These services are interventions in the areas of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development and may include training in the areas of daily living skills (including leisure/recreation skills); communication training; mobility training; programming to reduce inappropriate and/or maladaptive behaviors; and training in the use of common community resources. Activities are provided in either community-based or facility-based settings but not in the participant’s home or family home or any other residential setting.
An array of services designed to enhance a family’s ability to meet the many needs of the family member with a developmental disability, The service is to make a positive difference in the life of the person with a disability as well as the lives of all family members.
Services to prepare a participant for paid or unpaid employment and are for participants not expected to be able to join the general work force within one year. If compensated, individuals are generally paid less than 50% of the prevailing wage and services are provided either facility-based or at community sites other than the participant’s home or family home or any other residential setting.
Ongoing supports that enable participant’s, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports, to perform in a regular work setting. The scope and intensity of Supported Employment services may change over time, based on the needs of the participant. Supported Employment services are conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites where persons without disabilities are employed.
Yoga at BHS is a combination of exercise, meditation, and relaxation. Yoga is provided Monday at 3:00 P.M. by Leslie Lunney and Wednesday at 3:00 P.M. by Roz Johnson for staff and consumers. Roz and Leslie are both certified through Yoga Fit. Mats are provided.
Behavioral Health Crisis Center
Behavioral Health Crisis Center (BHCC) is operated by Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia (BHSGA). BHSGA is funded by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to provide mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities services for Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner Counties. Staff includes psychiatrists, physicians, licensed therapist, nurses and case managers. Through the state’s partnership with BHSGA and its new focus on community-based services, residents in each of the counties served by BHSGA and across southwest Georgia now have easier access to high quality behavioral health care.
BHCC offers a full array of crisis services for people struggling with mental health challenges and drug or alcohol abuse.
- 24/7/365 non-hospital emergency services for adults eighteen (18) and older with mental health disorders, substances use disorders, and co-occurring issues.
- Assessment and triage
- Evaluation and intervention
- Crisis counseling and support
- Coordination for ongoing care and support
- 24 hour temporary observation
- Short term crisis stabilization
To access services you may call our clinics during regular business hours or the Georgia Crisis Access Line 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Lowndes Clinic: 229-671-6170
Cook Clinic: 229-896-4559
Tift Clinic: 229-391-2300
Georgia Crisis Access Line: 1-800-715-4225
Where can I access services?
Please see the Locations page of this website in order to find a list of locations Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia offer services at.
Does Behavioral Health Services participate in the National Health Service Corps.
South Georgia Community Service Board d/b/a
Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia
3120 North Oak St Ext, Suite C
Valdosta, GA 31602
Crisis Hotline 24/7
Cook Mental Health
Lowndes Mental Health
Tift Mental Health