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Community Open House of New Behavioral Health Facility for Central Georgia


Cara Quarantillo, River Edge Communications: 478.283.0138 (mobile) //


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2020


Community Open House of New Behavioral Health Facility
for Central Georgia

MACON - River Edge Behavioral Health and River Edge Foundation will host the ribbon cutting and community open house for the new, state-of-the-art River Edge Recovery Center Thursday, October 1, 2020. 

The expanded, new Recovery Center will offer 24/7/365 outpatient behavioral health crisis services as an alternative to emergency room care.  8 new temporary observation beds for individuals needing stabilization of a mental health crisis will also be available.  The 45,428 square foot, cutting edge facility will also offer 30 beds to serve adults needing  detoxification or psychiatric stabilization support as well as 16 stabilization beds for youth ages 5-14.  Each wing also includes a Soothing CenterTM to better serve individuals with sensory challenges like autism.

The open house ceremony and ribbon cutting will being at 10:00 AM.  Robert Reichert, Mayor of Macon-Bibb County and Judy Fitzgerald, Commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities will speak. This event is open to the public.

Given COVID-19 safety concerns, River Edge will offer socially distanced, masked, small group tours of the new Recovery Center throughout the day for those interested.  Advance reservations are required and can be made by contacting

Dr. Shannon Terrell Gordon, CEO of River Edge Behavioral Health and River Edge Foundation says, “River Edge stands for the fact that recovery is real and possible for anyone.  The new River Edge Recovery Center shines as an example that, together, community partnership and philanthropy make transformational opportunities possible.  Partnership and philanthropy have made this new, improved doorway to recovery a reality for our region.”

WHAT:   Ribbon Cutting  & Open House of New River Edge Recovery Center

WHEN:   Begins Thursday, October 1st, at 10:00 AM, Tours offered every 30 minutes thereafter throughout the day with          advance reservation via  (given COVID-19 social distancing concerns)

WHO: Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald-Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Mayor Robert Reichert- Mayor, Macon-Bibb County

            Dr. Shannon Terrell Gordon- CEO, River Edge Behavioral Health

            Kamal Azar- Design Principal, Azar + Walsh Architects

            Alex Tinsley- Senior Project Manager, Parrish Construction Group

WHERE:  River Edge Recovery Center

               3575 Fulton Mill Road, Macon, GA 31026


About River Edge Behavioral Health

The full continuum of River Edge Behavioral Health services provides state-of-the-art treatment and supports for nearly 10,000 children, youth, families and adults annually who experience mental illness, addiction, co-occurring disorders or developmental disabilities. A repetitive national award winner identified for its exemplary leadership by its international accrediting body, 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

River Edge Foundation, an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, 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, and stewarding contributions and assets, governing the Foundation, as well as forming lasting and mutual beneficial relationships with community partners, constituencies and stakeholders.