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River Edge Behavioral Health Earns Re-Accreditation


Jay Bess, River Edge Communications: 478.803.7707 (office) 478.283.0138 (mobile) //


MACON — River Edge Behavioral Health has been recommended for three-year re-accreditation by the international Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF).  Six surveyors from across the nation and Canada visited River Edge August 5-7, 2019 to evaluate all agency operations against 2,053 published, peer-reviewed standards.  


River Edge was found to have 99.90258% conformance to standards.  Surveyors offered only two recommendations for improvement.  Surveyors were especially complimentary of River Edge developmental disability supports as well as River Edge housing, medication supported recovery, pharmacy, and residential treatment services.  Surveyors also documented admiration of the national award winning ‘Unmasking Mental Illness’ media campaign as well as River Edge Foundation’s fundraising efforts. 


“We are proud of this notable distinction of quality,” said Shannon Terrell Gordon, EdD, LCSW, CFRE, CPS-P, chief executive officer of River Edge. “This external review validates River Edge Board and team’s efforts to make lives better for the people and communities we serve.”


About River Edge Behavioral Health

The full continuum of River Edge Behavioral Health services provide state-of-the-art treatment and support services for nearly 10,000 children, youth, families and adults annually, who experience mental illness, substance use disorders, co-occurring illnesses or developmental disabilities. A repetitive national award winner, River Edge services extend throughout Georgia, including Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Wilkinson and Fulton Counties. Learn more at For help, call 478-803-7700 in Central Georgia or 404-665-8600 in Fulton County. 


About River Edge Foundation

The River Edge Foundation, an independent, 501(c)3 not-for-profit, raises private funds to help make life better for individuals who experience mental illness, addiction or a developmental disability, especially individuals served and supported through the robust, community-based offerings of River Edge Behavioral Health.  The Foundation strives for excellence in fundraising, investing, stewarding contributions and assets, governing the Foundation, as well as forming lasting and mutual beneficial relationships with community partners, constituencies and stakeholders.