For Immediate Release: May 1, 2012
Contact: Denise Simpson
Phone: (404) 616-6855
Grady Health System is centralizing and relocating its outpatient mental health programs to help meet growing mental health service needs in metropolitan Atlanta.
Grady is combining three outpatient behavioral health offices into a larger, centrally located, dedicated space at 10 Park Place SE, near MARTA's Five Points Station hub. The move will improve access to services and will provide the space needed to assist more clients. All of the 125 behavioral health staff members currently working in the three outpatient centers will be relocated to the new space.
"The demand for mental health assistance is growing dramatically and our goal is to make our services as accessible as possible to residents of Metropolitan Atlanta," said Michael Claeys, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at Grady. "This move to larger, more centrally located, dedicated space will expand our capacity so that we can accommodate the demand."
The new facility will offer clients the most comprehensive mental health services available in one location, as well as financial counseling and a pharmacy to dispense medications prescribed in treatment.
The first client appointments at 10 Park Place will take place on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The last client appointments at the outpatient programs currently operating at the Auburn Avenue Recovery Center, 250 Auburn Avenue, and at Adult Behavioral Health on Grady's campus will be on Friday, May 18, 2012.
All outpatient service clients – including Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Adult Mental Health and Peer Support Programs – are being notified of the move as they schedule their next appointments. In addition, reminder cards will be mailed and Grady will provide a client shuttle from current service locations to the new facility during the transition period.
Clients with questions should contact Grady's Behavioral Outpatient Center at (404) 616-4444.
About Grady Health System
Grady Health System is one of the largest public health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children's affiliate.
With its nationally acclaimed Emergency Department and Burn Center, Grady has the premier level I trauma center in the region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. The state's only Poison Center is housed at Grady as well.
The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, Grady Diabetes Center, Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Avon Breast Health Center are also notable components of the health system. Additionally, Grady's Ponce de Leon Center was named one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.
Other key services include Grady's Regional Perinatal Center and its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Primary Care Center, dedicated 60 Plus services for older adults, Teen Services, and the Rape Crisis Center. Nationally ranked in one specialty, Grady was named one of Atlanta's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
Grady Memorial Hospital has been ranked 10th in Atlanta in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals.