Mental Health Crisis Centers Open in South GA

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VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Mental health crisis centers are opening or being expanded in south Georgia to accommodate patients from a state hospital that's closing.

Hundreds of patients with mental and behavioral issues will be displaced in the region with the closure of Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Disabilities has announced that the Thomasville facility will close Dec. 31. The closure is part of the agency's goal of moving patients from state hospitals to community-based settings.

The agency on Monday opened a new Behavioral Health Crisis Center in Lowndes County.

A similar center in Albany is being expanded and another center identical to the one in Valdosta will open in Thomasville.

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