River Edge Behavioral Health
iCare Recovery

History

Accomplishments

2015

  • Refurbished Options - Twiggs and Monroe developmental disabilities day services sites.
  • River Edge Dartmouth Supported Employment Services expanded work as a Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) technical assistance provider.
  • Employment engagement initiatives began; 6 times per year an employee newsletter is distributed.
  • Hired a full-time Director of Communications, Stewardship & Foundation Relations.
  • Participated in a successful Mean's Wearhouse suit drive for residents of Billingslea and Shelter Plus Care, services of River Edge.
  • River Edge Developmental Disabilities Services was one of the first participants in the DBHDD Pioneer Project.
  • Implemented open access, centralized and just in time scheduling to improve efficiencies.
  • Dr. J. Ray Grant joined River Edge as medical director.
  • River Edge was selected for Organizational Persons Centered organization training.
  • River Edge Developmental Disabilities Services won "Best Overall Float" in Macon-Bibb Christmas Parade - "We don't see disabilities; we see different abilities."
  • Two individuals with developmental disabilities supported by River Edge participated in Special Olympics and won gold in basketball.
  • Department of Community Affirs awarded River Edge renewal of four Shelter Plus Care grants totaling $1,391,778.
  • Staff member Stacy Burton was recognized as the longest serving leader of an Assertive Community Treatment team in Georgia.
  • DBHDD adopted River Edge Performance Management Reporting Format; River Edge trained all community service boards on the method.
  • River Edge Developmental Disabilities Services held its inaugural prom.
  • Greta O'Dell, director of developmental disabilities services for River Edge, was awarded the Red Cross Hometown Hero Special Needs Advocate award.
  • River Edge held its first staff annual giving campaign.

2014

  • Resecured $450,000 of federal money to provide residential supports to persons with HIV infection at Serenity FALLS (a Fresh Approach to Living Life Successfully).
  • Hosted National Recovery Month celebration on September 27, 2013 in Milledgeville with over 300 participants.
  • Negotiated an agreement with TenderCare/Family Medical of Milledgeville to open primary care services inside River Edge's Baldwin Outpatient location.
  • Implemented a new supervisor's curriculum.
  • In partnership with Macon-Bibb County, developed a complex of ten mixed use units, completing the revitalization of an entire city block.
  • In partnership with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and Georgia Behavioral Health Services, Inc., constructed 12 new units of affordable housing in Baldwin County, River Shoals.
  • Entered a partnership with Auburn University bringing board certified behavioral analysts to Macon.
  • Developed a strategic alliance with a private firm, VeaMea, to expand the use of telemedicine in behavioral health service delivery.
  • Was awarded new funds to build two new green and universal designed homes for adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Establish a new in-network relationship with Triumph Aerospace in Milledgeville to serve as the provider of choice for employees in need.
  • Became Georgia's first mental health center to work toward leveraging additional federal dollars with the Governer's Office of Offender Re-Entry.
  • Established an Office of Advancement to strengthen relationships with the private donor community.

2013

  • 2 Crisis Apartments/4 Beds: Crisis apartments, staffed by paraprofessionals, will serve as an alternative to crisis stabilization services or psychiatric hospitalization.
  • Expanded Crisis Services: River Edge opened Georgia’s first 24/7 outpatient Crisis Service Center the end of April 2012.
  • New Apartments for Persons Seeking Recovery from Mental Illness: Through a competitive national application, River Edge’s affiliate not-for-profit won $1M Housing and Urban Development funding to construct 13 apartments for persons seeking mental illness recovery. Local vendors will be given preference during construction bidding.
  • Baldwin County In House Pharmacy: Initially supported by River Edge-Macon’s pharmacy, River Edge-Baldwin’s client volume grew to the point that pharmacy services in Baldwin could be fiscally viable.
  • River Edge has officially opened the Connect Clubhouse for youth with mental health challenges in our Baldwin County office in Milledgeville. Connect Clubhouse opened in February 2012 to serve youth ages twelve to sixteen. Goals of the Connect Clubhouse are to reduce justice system involvement, increase youth engagement, peer support skills and mental health functioning. Participants gain employment, nutrition, and general life skills.
  • Central Georgia’s River Edge Behavioral Health Center joined the country’s health information technology elite recently. From an applicant pool of well over a hundred organizations, River Edge was one of 2 organizations in Georgia and 27 organizations across the country to win a 3 year health information technology grant from the United States Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. The grant is for $280,000 each of the 3 years of the project
  • River Edge Behavioral Health Center unveiled its new outpatient and residential treatment site for women with children who are seeking recovery from addiction. LifeSPRING—Life, Shelter, Purpose, Recovery, Including the Next Generation—is located on College Crossing Drive near the River Edge Recovery Center which houses detox services.
  • A unique partnership between the City of Macon and River Edge Behavioral Health Center resulted in the successful transition of ten (10) single-family homeownership units built with HOME funds into rental units.
  • River Edge Behavioral Health Center’s affiliate not for profit’s subsidiary was awarded $1,224,100 from the 811 program of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in November. The funds will be used to develop 12 new units of housing in Milledgeville for persons seeking recovery from mental illness.
  • River Edge Behavioral Health Center partnered with the Baldwin County Court System to receive nearly 1.2 million in new federal dollars over 3 years to offer treatment and recovery support instead of incarceration for individuals who are in the court system due to mental health or substance abuse disorders. Baldwin County was the only awardee in the State of Georgia and one of 11 communities awarded nationally!

2012

  • During the final quarter of 2010, our research project to evaluate antipsychotic medication effectiveness gathered momentum. River Edge leads the nation in number of enrollees.
  • We expanded our adult crisis stabilization capacity to 28 beds to help relieve community pressure caused by the closure of Central State Hospital.
  • We established an assertive community treatment team to serve the most psychiatrically ill individuals of Bibb and Baldwin Counties.
  • In pursuit of our vision of integrated behavioral health and primary care, we entered a formal partnership with First Choice Primary Care , our local FQHC. We began provision of social work support at First Choice; they began primary care service delivery at our Jones DD site.
  • We responded to the invitation to become the drug court provider in Baldwin superior court and to provide emergency room assistance in Oconee Regional Medical Center.
  • Recently awarded new grants are enabling us to expand the mental health court in Bibb superior court and begin planning for a mental health court in Monroe County.
  • We have ceased residential treatment options for women with children seeking recovery from addiction in a site that was too small for the numbers of women and children needing our assistance. We’ve moved to a larger, temporary site during construction of our new, state=of-the –art permanent site.
  • We completed renovations, garnered licensure and await Medicaid approval of 3 homes purchased during 2010 to better serve adults with developmental disabilities.
  •  We also hosted visits from the Department of Justice and experts under contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration who were evaluating Georgia’s service system. All visitors left expressing that they were ‘thoroughly impressed’ with our services.
  • Opened Georgia’s first support home for adults with intellectual disabilities in Baldwin County.
  • Introduce the new First Neighborhood development, a newly constructed 18- unit independent living apartment complex for persons in recovery from serious mental illness. First Neighborhood assists residents’ community living through supportive services that promote increasing independence.
  • River Edge went live with a telemedicine system in November 2010. Telemedicine is a rapidly developing application of clinical medicine where medical information is transferred through interactive audiovisual media for the purpose of remote medical procedures or examinations
  • River Edge Behavioral Health Center reestablished the Local Interagency Planning Team for Bibb County.
  • The Child and Adolescent Drug Court run by River Edge had 12 graduates that successfully completed the program.
  • In partnership with Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc., Bibb Department of Family and Children Services and Macon-Bibb Workforce Development, River Edge completed an initial screening assessment on summer camp participants 5-17 years of age. Each week, camp participants also enjoyed conflict resolution groups.
  • River Edge secured five single family residences to serve clients with intellectual disabilities. Four will be handicapped accessible, making life better for the clients and the staff as clients are moving from non-handicapped accessible apartments.
  • River Edge opened 4 housing units that provide transitional, safe, drug free residences to TANF eligible women who either have an addiction diagnosis or women who are involved with Child Protective Services who have dependent children between the ages of birth and 18 years. We currently serve 4 ladies and their children.
  • River Edge joined with local community partners, including the Macon Housing Authority, to celebrate our 5-Year Partnership at Grove Park Village. Nineteen (19) clients who have resided at Grove Park its opening were presented with Certificates of Recognition for their hard work and commitment to staying the course of their recovery.
  • River Edge was awarded our first HUD Community Development Block Grant through the City of Macon in the amount of $25,000 for Psychotropic Medications. We served fifty-five (55) eligible applicants during the year.
  • The River Edge portfolio of ninety four (94) Shelter Plus Care units expanded to Baldwin and Monroe counties. New construction of 9 duplexes for Permanent Supportive Housing began.
  • Launched our brand new website!

2011

  • Gaining momentum with our research project to evaluate antipsychotic medication effectiveness.
  • We have an ACT team in place to serve Bibb and Baldwin counties.
  • Became the drug court provider in Baldwin superior court
  • Entered a formal partnership with First Choice Primary Care , our local Federal Qualified Health Center. They began primary care service delivery at our Jones DD site.
  • Provide emergency room assistance in Oconee Regional Medical Center.
  • Received new grants to expand the mental health court in Bibb superior court and begin planning for a mental health court in Monroe County.
  • River Edge serves as counsel to Governor’s Special Advisor for Mental Health in the areas of health information technology and housing services
  • River Edge opens counseling center inside Bibb Department of Family and Children’s Services. 109 referrals first week.
  • From more than 2000 member agencies of the National Council for Behavioral Health Care, River Edge one of 50 selected to participate in a research project: "Research and Evaluation of Antipsychotic Treatment in Community Behavioral Health Organizations"
  • River Edge affiliate Georgia Behavioral Health Services, Inc. receives additional $1.2M HUD award to construct 10 new apartment s for homeless persons with mental illness or co-occurring disorders.

2010

  • River Edge expands its adult crisis stabilization capacity to 28 beds.
  • River Edge starts Assertive Community Treatment services for Baldwin/Bibb.
  • River Edge begins mental health ER support for Oconee Regional Medical Center in Baldwin

2009

  • Featured cover story for innovation in Behavioral Healthcare Magazine
  • Georgia’s Largest Shelter Plus Care provider, Department of Community Affairs grant recipient
  • River Edge invited contributor to Behavioral Healthcare regarding services to the forensic population.
  • Current SAMHSA Services in Supportive Housing grant recipient.
  • River Edge opens 28-bed crisis stabilization services to serve Georgia’s children ages 14 and younger.
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant recipient DCA, developing 18 new permanent housing units

2007

Partnership with Bibb Superior Courts to establish Mental Health Court and Juvenile Drug Court

2006

  • Founding partner in Peach-state Information Network, Inc., establishing innovative electronic clinical record.
  • River Edge wins state contract to expand core services to three additional counties.

2003

  • River Edge partners with Bibb County Courts for family violence intervention programs.
  • River Edge begins on site mental health services at Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.

2001

  • River Edge, founding and continuing partner in Community Health Works, delivers millions in donated medical services and medications to uninsured residents.
  • River Edge partners with DFCS and law enforcement to establish nationally acclaimed Project Connect for pregnant women with substance disorders, achieving drug free newborns.