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New Senior Director of CCBHC and Outpatient Services

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Allen Promoted, Selected for Leadership Macon-Bibb

Ashley Allen, LCSW will lead River Edge Behavioral Health’s transition to the federal model certified behavioral health clinic model of care. River Edge is one of only two Georgia mental health centers selected by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental disabilities to lead Georgia’s implementation of this model. 

“Nationally, the CCBHC approach has both bi-partisan and SAMHSA support to as the method for community behavioral health service delivery in the future,” said Shannon Terrell Gordon, EdD, LCSW, CFRE, Chief Executive Officer of River Edge Behavioral Health.  Dr. Gordon continued, “We are especially excited to be ‘at the table’ with DBHDD and the Department of Community Health to inform Georgia’s planning for CCBHC development across Georgia over time.  Health care, like politics, is local.  Therefore, the community and operational voice in planning for Georgia is especially vital.”

Prior to this promotion, Ms. Allen has served at River Edge for over five years as Director of Macon-Bibb and Monroe Services.

A “Double Dawg” two time graduate from the University of Georgia, she is a current doctoral social work student at the University of Kentucky.  Ms. Allen has also been selected for 2022 Leadership Macon-Bibb.

Ms. Allen said, “I am thrilled to continue the River Edge tradition embodied in our tagline:  We Make Life Better.  With this funding, the River Edge team will make life better for people living within the River Edge central Georgia footprint:  Baldwin, Jones, Macon-Bibb, Monroe, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties.” 


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.