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River Edge Opens Crisis Center and Kid's Center

The Union Recorder
River Edge opens crisis facility, kids center
May 21, 2012
From staff reports
MILLEDGEVILLE — A large group of supporters gathered Thursday to celebrate a major expansion of the River Edge Behavioral Health Center. Staffers were joined by local and state leaders to officially open the facility's new clubhouse for children and crisis service center.

The center has expanded its presence at the Blandy Way office park and joins several other businesses that have relocated at the redeveloped site that once housed the J.P. Stevens & Co. manufacturing facility.

The new crisis service center is the first in the state to be outpatient and open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Mental health and behavioral health are addressed through a multitude of services provided at River Edge as are substance abuse issues.

River Edge CEO Shannon Harvey said the goal of such an approach is to treat the underlying causes which are biological. Symptoms, she said, are the behaviors.

River Edge has partnered with Superior Court Judge Hulane George for an innovative drug court that will hopefully send more offenders into treatment than into the criminal justice system. In addition to drug court, River Edge also helps to keep adults dealing with substance abuse issues and mental illness out of jails and in treatment through outpatient care, including counseling and group therapy. An on-site pharmacy provides privacy and a one-stop shop for people who require medication for their illnesses.

River Edge operates in Bibb, Baldwin, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs Counties. The Milledgeville location serves Baldwin and surrounding counties.

Harvey said the proximity of care for people is an advantage for clients.

The facility not only serves adults. Children are served at the facility and are segregated from adult clients on one side of the building and in the new clubhouse.

The facility uses technological advances to save crucial time during crisis by employing the use of Telemedicine equipment for distance observation and consultation. Doctors in the Macon facility can observe and interact with a client and make a recommendation based on that exchange.

Children obtaining services at the facility can also visit the clubhouse. The youth center intermingles therapy with play time. Group session rooms are situated next to music rooms, a basketball court, video and board games and a snack area.

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