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SEPTEMBER 18, 2017


As part of a new initiative to better serve our consumers, the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities will begin using new providers at various behavioral health locations.   For our adult behavioral health,  River Edge Behavioral Healthcare Center  (www.river-edge.org) will take the reins on January 1, 2018.

Chris 180  (www.chris180.org) in partnership with  Odyssey Counseling(www.odysseycounseling.org) and  Summit Behavioral Healthcare  will provide services to children, youth and emerging adults.    The list below highlights new locations and the timeline for these services to begin.    


Adult Behavioral Health Services Locations - Effective January 1, 2018

  • The Center for Health & Rehabilitation, 265 Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.   T: (404) 613-1650
  • North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, NE, Atlanta, GA   (404) 613-5757

Adult Behavioral Health Services Locations – Effective April 1, 2018

  • South Fulton Services Center,5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349


Child & Adolescent Services Locations – Effective January 1, 2018

  • Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30315.   T: (404) 612-4111
  • Fulton County Clubhouse for Youth, 1480 DeLowe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30311
  • Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331.   T: (404) 613-4215.  *PLEASE NOTE:  This facility will provide services for Emerging Adults (ages 18 – 24)




LaTrina Foster and vendors

ABOVE: LaTrina Foster, Director of BHDD (Left) introduces the River Edge executives to Fulton County Department of BHDD employees


September has been a very busy month.   Now that the vendors who will provide behavioral health services for Fulton County have been selected, the pace fo work has been rapidly moving forward to ensure that the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) undergoes a smotth transition to the new service providers.

In the last few weeks, BHDD employees attended an All Staff Meeting that featured presentations by representatives from River Edge Behavioral Health Center, Chris 180, and Odyssey Counseling Center to learn more about their operations and the types of jobs that will be available.   "As far as the companies and their mission, they will be great for the community, and a great resource to recommendfor anyone struggling with mental health issues," says Frederick Lester, Administrative Clerk at the Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center.

County Manager

ABOVE: Fulton County Manager Richard "Dick" Anderson addresses Fulton County department heads & senior leadership team at a meeting to plan the transition of behavioral health services to vendors  


After the presentations, staff who were interested in potential job opportunities had the chance to register for preliminary interviews, many of which led to job offers.   Shannon Terrell Gordon, LCSW, Chief executive Officer at River Edge Behavioral Health Center was looking forward to talking with employees, and having her team meet with BHDD staff to discuss the benefits of working for the company.   "It's a wonderful place to work," she says.   "We have an important mission, and we offer competitive salaries, 401K, health care benefits, and plenty of opportunity for advancement."  

LaTrina Foster, in collaboration with the Fulton County Strategy Office, recently chaired a meeting at the Government Center where the vendors, Fulton County department heads, County Manager, and senior leadership were assigned tasks to make the transition a siccess.  

Staff wait for Job Interview

ABOVE: Two at the Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center wait to interview for job openngs with River Edged Behavioral Health Center


County Manager Richard "Dick" Anderson said his top priority was to take care of staff.   "Success will be measured not only in how we serve patients, but how we take care of our staff," he said.   "Whether they are interested in placement with an external provider   or choose to remain with Fulton County, we must keep our employees in mind."



Veronica Rooks

Veronica Rooks, Behavioral Health Assistant Lead at the Central Training Center, is all smiles as she accepts an award from Fulton County Manager Richard "Dick" Anderson in the Assembly Hall at the Fulton County Government Center.   She was the 3rd Quarter F.O.C.U.S. Award Winner for Customer Service, and everyone who knows her says the award was well deserved.

"Veronica is the consummate professional and has always worked hard through the years to not only meet but exceed expectations as it relates to her regular duties and responsibilities, as well as meeting the needs of the individuals we serve," says Erika Williams-Walker, Social Services Program Manager at Central Training Center.   "Her focus is always on exceptional customer service.   She tru;y has a heart for this work and it shows daily."

Rooks has been busy expanding established partnerships, or creating new ones, that will offer new experiences for her adult consumers with developmental disabilities.   Her accomplishments include having consumers participate in a chess club, yoga classes, and the Special Olympics.