Georgia Pines Mental Health, Community Services Board (GA Pines, CSB) and the local schools, will work together to provide prevention, assessment, and treatment services to children and adolescents enrolled in schools through a collaborative effort by both parties. A mental health clinician is defined as a member of the GAP (Georgia Apex Project) team who is an employee of the Georgia Pines CSB that is placed in a school to provide prevention, early intervention, and treatment services to students enrolled in the school. The following schools will be participating in the 2021-2022 school based mental health program:
Thomas County School System
Pelham City School System
Thomasville City School System
Colquitt County School System
Seminole County Schools
Spring Creek Charter Academy
Shared Vision for Mental Health in Schools
To support a school environment in which all children are emotionally prepared, ready to learn and able to progress toward productive adulthood
Shared Mission for Mental Health in Schools
To create a child and family centered school-based mental health program to include prevention, early intervention and treatment in collaboration with schools and community-based child and family serving organizations.
The G.A.P. Team consists of staff members employed by Georgia Pines Community Service Board specifically to provide school based mental health services.
On June 7, 2017 as part of the state’s continuing efforts to improve the care of Georgia’s most vulnerable populations, Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order creating the Commission on Children’s Mental Health. One of the 8 recommended initiatives focused on Supported Employment/Supported Education (SEd/SE) programs for youth and emerging adults with SED/SMI. The need was identified for Georgia Youth and emerging adults living with behavioral health diagnosis to have access to specialized approaches to employment and education through integrated evidence-informed SEd/SE.
Youth and emerging adults in our region with SED/SMI will have access to supports that will allow them to improve daily function, including achieving recovery goals, and holding a job/completing school. Through our SEd/SE program, youth and emerging adults with SED/SMI will be able to identify and concurrently achieve their goals of attaining a particular job and enrolling in an educational program. They will be able to receive support in the form of care coordination, personalized benefits, and career counseling. Placing youth and emerging adults with SED/SMI into integrated and appropriate work or school settings will result in higher self-esteem, better behavioral functioning, and increased financial stability and independence.
IPS Supported Employment is an evidence-based approach to supported employment for people who have a severe mental illness. IPS stands for Individual Placement and Support. IPS supports people in their efforts to achieve steady employment in mainstream competitive jobs, either part-time or full-time.
Supported Education – The definition of Supported Education is helping people with mental illness participate in an education program so they may receive the education and training they need to achieve their learning and recovery goals and become gainfully employed in the job or career of their choice.
Georgia Pines Community Service Board offers an array of support and services to the people of southwest Georgia who are affected by mental illness, addictive disease, and development disabilities.
Often individuals are referred for services through their primary care doctor, hospital or other agencies.
A referral is not necessary to receive services. We now offer “Open Access”, meaning an appointment is not required. To begin services, stop by one of our four clinics (Thomasville, Moultrie, Bainbridge or Pelham) for a behavioral health assessment. This process typically takes an hour or more. During the behavioral health assessment process, you will be scheduled to see our psychiatrist and referred to appropriate services. You are the most important person in your treatment process and the guiding force behind all services.
Upon arrival to your appointment, you will need the following documents:
*Proof of Georgia residence is required of individuals with no Medicaid or Medicare Coverage to be eligible for payment assistance
*If any of the above documents are not available to you please call 229-225-4335 to find out additional documentation you may need.