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.

Mental Health


Georgia Pines Community Service Board Outpatient Behavioral Health Services (BH) serves individuals who have a mental illness, addictive disease, co-occurring mental illness and addictive disease, or co-occurring mental illness and developmental disability. The BH services are provided in the least restrictive environment and are designed to assist participants in maintaining stability and independence in their daily community living.

Services include:

  • Behavioral Health Assessment/Reassessment and Individualized Recovery Planning
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Community Support services
  • Behavioral Health Crisis Unit
  • Georgia Apex Project (G.A.P.)

The philosophy, mission, and goals of the Outpatient Behavioral Health Services are consistent with those of the Georgia Pines Community Service Board, the Southwest Georgia Regional Board, the Georgia Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.


  •  Reduce number of hospitalizations and frequency of admissions to state hospitals
  • Help individuals maintain stability and independence in daily  community living
  • Help individuals achieve sustained recovery from the debilitating    effects of mental illness and addictive disease
  • Provide linkage to community agencies and organizations,  psychiatric and medical services, crisis prevention and intervention  services
  • Continuously evaluate individuals’ progress toward meeting their  respective personal goals and remaining in the community
  • Help individuals achieve their goals
  • Goals of G.A.P. are to: provide for early detection of children and adolescent mental health needs; provide greater access to mental health services for children and youth; and
    sustain increased coordination between Georgia’s Community Services Boards and the local schools and school districts in which they reside.

Addictive Disease

Detox Services

Addictive Disease Services provides quality treatment to individuals on a continuum of care. Our unbreakable services are designed to meet each person’s needs since we know that people are like diamonds – diverse, unique and precious. Our programs treat the individual’s needs based on ASAM criteria, best practices and state regulations.

The Phoenix Detox Program provides 24 hour medical care and supervision for individuals who are intoxicated or have withdrawal risks from alcohol and drugs.

Short Term Residential

The Phoenix Short Term Residential Program is a thirty day program. The goal of this program is to stabilize the individual, educate, begin recovery planning and address issues that can lead to relapse. In addition, the individuals attend community NA, AA, and Celebrate Recovery meetings.

Long Term Residential

Hilltop Lodge Recovery Residence  is a six month program designed to accommodate 16 individuals who are in need of stable housing, continued support, independent living skills and employment as he or she begins the process to independent sober living.

Out Patient Services

Thomas County SA Intensive Outpatient Treatment program opened in September 2011. This program offers intense treatment three evenings per week to individuals with a high relapse potential, previous unsuccessful treatment attempts, and those who are motivated to participate in intense treatment while residing at home. Individuals receive group training, individual therapy, community support services, vocational and educational opportunities.

The Outpatient Programs are the least intensive. Groups are held one day per week at the mental health centers located in Mitchell County, Thomas County, Colquitt County  and Decatur County.  An A&D therapist and community support worker provides treatment for individuals with substance use disorders. We are providing outpatient groups at Thomas County Probation Center also.

Developmental Disabilities


Developmental Disabilities Residential:

1. Community Living Arrangements-for individuals who have medical and/or behavioral     issues that prevent them from living successfully within the community and who need more    intense levels of supervision such as nursing and/or behavior specialist, to meet their needs.
2. Personal Care Homes-for individuals who need support/assistance (such as reminder/supervision    to take their medication, reminders for activities of daily living, transportation, supervision to    protect from dangers, etc.) in order to live safely within the community.
3. Host Homes-for individuals who wish to live with a family who can meet their needs to live    safely within the community.
4. Semi-Independent Living- for individuals who need less than 24 hour/7 day supervision who can   take care of most of their needs but still need minimal supervision and support.
5. Other-several services are offered to individuals who live in their own home and can manage    with someone coming into their home to assist with activities of daily living such as cooking,  bathing, budgeting, transportation, but who can identify specific needs to be addressed by the  services.

Developmental Disabilities Day Services-available up to 5 days per week and up to 6 hours per day.  Participation determined by needs and interests of the individual.

Decatur Seminole Service Center-Bainbridge-offers Supported Employment, Community    Access-Group and Individual, Pre-Vocational Training, and several other services.  Each     individual develops their own service plan and choice of programs.

Thomas Area Service Center-Thomasville-offers Community Access-Group and Individual for    people who have medical and/or behavioral issues who are more comfortable in smaller groups.

Mental Health Residential:

1. Personal Care Homes (2 male, 1 female; 6 bedroom homes)-for individuals who wish to learn how to manage symptoms of their mental illness, learn the skills necessary to live on their own in the community, establish a support group, etc., and to set and achieve goals for their path of recovery.  Maximum stay is usually no more than one year and could be as short as one month, depending on needs of the person.
2. Semi-Independent Living-for individuals who have the financial resources to live in their own apartment or home but who need support for meeting their goals such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, budgeting, transportation, community outings, social support, etc.  Support is provided by staff who schedule appointments with individuals to come to their home and provide in-home and community training.
3. Independent Living-least intensive service-for individuals who have achieved their goals for living in the community and managing their own recovery plan, but who prefer to remain in the supported living program until they are confident enough to graduate to other community support programs.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)


Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an intensive, recovery-oriented, community based service for those struggling with a severe and persistent mental illness.  ACT is the most comprehensive level of out-patient care offered by the Georgia Pines Mental Health system.

Commonly referred to as “a hospital without walls,” the ACT program employs a multidisciplinary team of licensed mental health professionals to provide a vast array of services, with most of the care occurring within each participant’s natural environment.

The ACT team is specially trained to support each individual’s efforts to minimize symptoms, optimize social, emotional, and practical functioning and prevent admissions into more restrictive settings (e.g., jails, hospitals and long-term treatment centers.)

Referral Procedures


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:

  • Georgia driver’s license or valid Georgia ID
  • Proof of household income
  • Medicaid or Medicare documentation

*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.