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RIVER EDGE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ANNOUNCES Topping Off Ceremony for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Crisis Services and Diagnostic Center

MACON – The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), River Edge Behavioral Health and Mercer University School of Medicine are pleased to announce the topping off ceremony for the new Crisis Services and Diagnostic Center (CSDC) serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 1241 Rev. J. L. Mills Senior Way, Macon, Georgia 31201.

The ceremony will celebrate raising the final structural beam into place. Individuals served by River Edge, team members and guests will have the opportunity to sign the beam between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  The formal program will commence at 10:00 a.m.

This facility, the first of its kind in the state, is a collaboration between DBHDD, River Edge and Mercer University School of Medicine and is being constructed on leased property provided by Macon-Bibb County.  The 36,000-square-foot facility will contain a crisis services wing run by River Edge and a diagnostic center run by Mercer Medicine.  A broad range of healthcare services will be provided including behavioral health assessments, dentistry, psychiatry, neurology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, ophthalmology and other specialized services.  

“Our team has been working hard to make this happen since September 2023, and I promise you that this tradition of setting the last structural steel beam is nothing short of amazing. This facility will greatly improve the capacity of the State of Georgia to address the healthcare needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said River Edge CEO Cass Hatcher.  

DBHDD Commissioner Kevin Tanner will speak, along with Mercer University School of Medicine’s Dean Dr. Jean R. Sumner and River Edge Behavioral Health Director of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Greta O’Dell.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Summerow, Senior Pastor with Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, will open the ceremony with an invocation.

The project architect is Azar + Walsh Architects with Parrish Construction Group serving as the construction manager. The building is expected to open March of 2025.

The Central Georgia community is invited to attend.  

All marketing and media inquiries should be directed to Kelly McWilliams at or 478-803-7707.




About River Edge Behavioral Health

The full continuum of River Edge Behavioral Health services provides state-of-the-art treatment and supports for children, youth, families and adults who experience mental illness, addiction, co-occurring disorders or intellectual 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, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Macon-Bibb, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Wilkinson and Fulton counties. Learn more at For help, call 478-803-7600.

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 an intellectual or 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 mutually beneficial relationships with community partners, constituencies and stakeholders.