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Aspire says it's here to help before tragedy strikes

Aspire says that it is here to help those dealing with mental health or substance abuse crisis. (Source: WALB) Aspire says that it is here to help those dealing with mental health or substance abuse crisis. (Source: WALB)
When the state closed mental health hospitals like the one in Thomasville, the state contracted Aspire to help people moving into the community. (Source: WALB) When the state closed mental health hospitals like the one in Thomasville, the state contracted Aspire to help people moving into the community. (Source: WALB)
They want people to know they are ready to help, before tragedy strikes. (Source: WALB) They want people to know they are ready to help, before tragedy strikes. (Source: WALB)
Aspire Chief Clinical Officer Dana Glass (Source: WALB) Aspire Chief Clinical Officer Dana Glass (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Aspire Behavioral Health Services on 11th Avenue wants people in mental health or substance abuse crisis to know they are there to help.

"We are considered the safety net for this area in Southwest Georgia," said Aspire Chief Clinical Officer Dana Glass.

When the state closed mental health hospitals like the one in Thomasville, the state contracted Aspire to help people moving into the community.

Officials said recently they have seen a significant increase in the volume and severity of mental health issues, some possibly leading to recent tragic deaths. They want people to know they are ready to help, before tragedy strikes.

"You can walk in voluntarily and get an assessment and access licensed professionals," said Glass. "That can help you make a determination. Make a plan about what needs we can help you with."

The state also has the Georgia Crisis and Access Line, that concerned family members can call for help.

"It's operational 24-7. There are licensed clinicians that answer that number," explained Glass. "They can dispatch mobile crisis to the site."

Aspire's Walk In Crisis Unit is always open, and serves 8 counties. 

The Aspire Walk In Crisis Unit is at 601 West 11th Avenue in Albany.  

You can contact the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or visit the GCAL website.

It's the state safety net to help the growing need in mental health crisis.

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