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State Rep. Tanya Miller celebrates groundbreaking of Fulton's first publicly funded behavioral health crisis center. (8/22/23)

Excerpt from Georgia Recorder : "...The center is being built on county-owned property in southwest Atlanta using a mixture of state dollars –  $6.7 million in this year’s budget – and about $15 million in funding the county received through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The state plans to spend about $10 million every year to run the center.

When the facility opens on the campus of Oak Hill Child, Family and Adolescent Center, it will include 15 in-patient beds and 18 observation chairs and provide services around the clock.

The center will serve Fulton County residents closer to home, taking pressure off surrounding overcrowded safety net centers. And state Rep. Tanya Miller, an Atlanta Democrat who represents the district where the center is being built, said it will also ease the burden on detention centers, which she said are functioning as 'de facto mental health hospitals.'”

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