Note: We received word from the Behavioral Health Service Coalition that 30 inpatients from Central State Hospital (Milledgeville) are being transferred to East Central Regional Hospital (Augusta), according to a statement by Commissioner Dr. Frank Shelp.
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2010
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Tom Wilson, 404-463-7649, firstname.lastname@example.org
STATE CONSOLIDATING HOSPITAL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
ATLANTA – Adult mental health services at Central State Hospital in
Milledgeville, Georgia, are being permanently moved to other hospitals
within the state’s behavioral health system, the state agency in
charge of the hospital announced today. The hospital will continue
serving people with developmental disabilities, those in its nursing
home, and those in its maximum security forensic facility, which
serves people referred for treatment by the courts. Since November
2009, people in the areas served by Central State who needed
hospitalization have received care at other state facilities instead.
Based on their needs and the clinical assessment of their doctors,
planning has begun to move the remaining few adult mental health
consumers at Central State to other hospitals or discharge them back
to their communities by March 1, 2010.
“While we originally stopped new admissions to Central State to fix
problems related to safety and treatment at the hospital, what we’ve
found through that process is that other hospitals have been well able
to accommodate those individuals,” said Dr. Frank Shelp, Commissioner
of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental
The move to consolidate hospital services where possible is part of
the department’s larger strategy of improving the state’s behavioral
health system so that it’s more weighted towards community-based
services while still retaining a role for hospitals in providing acute
care. Under its Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the federal
government, the state of Georgia has worked to move more people out of
institutions and provide them with services to help them live
independently in their own communities.
Approximately 200 employees at Central State will be affected by the
change in services. DBHDD’s Office of Human Resources and the
hospital’s leadership will work with staff to identify other
opportunities at Central State and other hospitals that remain
understaffed in key areas.