The predecessor to Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, called the Northeast Georgia Center, was established in 1972. Deinstitutionalization of individuals with mental illnesses occurred rapidly. By 1975 almost 75% of mental health care was being provided in community based clinics. A decade later, the population of patients in Georgia’s state mental health hospitals had dropped to fewer than 125,000.
In 1972 the Division of Mental Health became part of the Department of Human Resources. Locally, area mental health and developmental disability programs existed under the leadership of county boards of health. Each Center was fairly independent, even though the structure of a 10 county area was already established as Northeast Georgia Center. Clinics were typically tied more to their county board of health than to the larger entity of Northeast Georgia Center. The medical model predominated.
In 1994, House Bill 100 created a significant change for Mental Health, Addictive Disease and Developmental Disabilities Services. This bill created community service boards (CSBs), which were separate from the Boards of Health. CSBs were established under their own governing boards, with representation from each county served within its auspices, and representation by family members of or former consumers of services. Appointees to the Board were made by the County Commission. Local mental health centers were no longer a part of state government. Rather, the state contracted with CSBs to provide services.
A career at Advantage Behavioral Health Systems is rewarding on so many levels. Working at Advantage is about learning, growing and caring for others. There is no such thing as an average day working at Advantage. We offer you a breadth of practical work experience and invest in training our employees in diverse work environment.
It is the mission of Advantage Behavioral Health Systems to provide person-centered community-based services and treatment to individuals and families experiencing mental illness, developmental disabilities, and addictions, by collaboratively using personal, community and organizational resources.
We at Advantage Behavioral Health Systems envision a community wherein people receive support in dealing with the effects of mental illness, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and other drug abuse.
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