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Mental health programs are cut

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Thomasville, GA (WALB) -  Mental Health facilities in Grady, Colquitt, and Seminole counties are cutting services because of continued cuts in state money.

The Georgia Pines Community Service Board voted to close the Colquitt county facility and cut services at the Grady and Seminole locations.

Those three centers will no longer provide medical services.

Patients who need to see a doctor,  nurse, or come in for a first assessment will have to travel to Thomasville, Bainbridge, or Pelham.  

"Other services would continue in those counties, for instance in Grady County, there will still be a peer program, which is like a day program where people go in the day. And in Colquitt county there will still be community workers out working with people in their homes," said Georgia Pines Executive Director Bob Jones.

Last year, Georgia Pines lost almost $670,000 because of cuts in medication reimbursements.

The state also plans to take at least another $200,000 from addictive disease services.

      • Here a list of important telephone numbers-

Thomas Co. Mental Health- 229-227-5426 or 229-227-4369
Mitchell Co. Mental Health- 229-294-6509 or 229-294-6510, 294-6511
Decatur Co. Mental Health- 229-248-2683 or 229-248-2691

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