Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:32 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:32:02 GMT
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:31 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:31:27 GMT
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Emergency rooms across the country are over crowded. Now, with state considering a plan to shut down multiple mental health facilities, there is fear that a growing influx of patients will become unmanageable.
Jane Osborn, a State Board Member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says, "It's going to be a disaster for people who need services."
More patients with mental health needs will be forced to turn to hospitals. "The system is not set up for people to stay in a public hospital for critical mental health treatment. That's a way-station on the way to what was the state system," Osborn adds.
The budget cuts couldn't have come at a worse time. At stressful times like these, when we have a depressed economy, mental health facilities see a greater need than usual.
South Georgia Medical Center's ER Administrative Director, Randy Smith, says, "When you factor in that you're dealing with behavioral health issues and patients that are in extreme crisis, and the amount of time and energy and staff it takes to maintain that, you're looking at an even higher percentage of emergency department beds being occupied."
Mental health care workers hope the community will express their concern to state leaders about the need for mental health facilities.