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New health center opens in Valdosta

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Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia sign at the podium where various members of the company spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia sign at the podium where various members of the company spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony
Dignitaries preparing to cut the ribbon for the new Behavioral Health Crisis Center Dignitaries preparing to cut the ribbon for the new Behavioral Health Crisis Center
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A brand new Behavioral Health Crisis Center is now open in Valdosta.

It is located at 3116 North Oak Street Extension and has been more than a year in the making. It is part of the Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia company.

It is designed to give those in the Valdosta area seeking treatment for behavioral health issues, such as mental health, a facility where they can receive treatment and remain close to their home, family and friends.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony today, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner said this center benefits the community both medically and economically.

"From a behavioral healthcare standpoint," said Commissioner Frank Berry, "meaning mental health and substance abuse disorders, what this means is that people will no longer have to be transported far distances to receive treatment when they're in psychiatric crisis."

"From an economic development standpoint, this represents about $5 million of economic development to this community," Berry added.

The center was purposely built on its current location because of the close proximity to South Georgia Medical Center and other medical facilities in the area.

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