DCSS mental health facility opening planned for 2020

DCSS mental health facility opening planned for 2020

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System (DCSS) is opening a mental health facility at Albany Middle School.

This comes after one of their partners, Albany Area Primary Health Care, received a $95,000 grant for the new center.

Chief Operating Officer Clifton Bush said he is excited for the new center and the impact it will make on students.

“To reach that adolescent population to make sure that they have the mental and behavioral health services access to the care that they need,” Bush said.

Bush said that even though the facility will be located at Albany Middle School, all students will have access.

“We have buses going every day of the week to any one of our school base health center sites or any type of service,” he added.

Albany Primary Health Care already has a mental health therapist at Turner Elementary School. The new center at Albany Middle School will also have a therapist.

“This facility we actually will again house a therapist within this facility and then we will also have teleservices into all our other middle schools here in the Dougherty County School System,” Bush said.

The new mental health facility is set to open in January or February 2020.

Aspire Behavioral Health is another partner of DCSS and the health center is currently housed in six of the school systems schools.

It was announced Monday that they are expanding and adding two more schools.

Lisa Spear, chief clinical officer, said they want to let the community know the resources they provide in the schools.

“We are here to celebrate and to bring awareness to children’s mental health," Spear said. “One in four children are diagnosed with mental health diagnosis’s and early intervention has proven to demonstrate better outcome for children who have a mental health diagnosis."

Aspire is looking to add on the two new schools during the upcoming school year.

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