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FULTON COUNTY GOVERNMENT APPROVES CONTRACT TO OUTSOURCE

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Board of Commissioners

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a six million dollar contract that allows the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities to outsource adult behavioral health and child & adolescent services.  Read more here -  http://www.myajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/fulton-county-vote-million-contracts-outsource-mental-health-care/nUKAosp4mD9oEKJhmromVN/      

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BHDD PROVES THAT THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE CHANGE & REDUCE ANXIETY IS THROUGH TRANSPARENCY

LaTrina Foster

(Above: LaTrina Foster discusses the outsourcing of behavioral health services during a staff meeting.)

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, staff from the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) packed the 4th Floor Training Room at the Center for Health & Rehabilitation to hear LaTrina Foster, Director, discuss the transition of behavioral health services to private vendors.

The next day, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the outsourcing of services.  the transition does not impact staff at the three Training Centers that serve adults with developmental disabilities.  BHDD leadership has hosted several meetings for staff to hear representatives from the Fulton County Personnel Department and County Manager's Office discuss opportunities available for employees who wish to remain employed with Fulton County.

Meanwhile, representatives from River Edge and Chris 180 will meet with staff about employment opportunities with their agencies.  "The transition that we are experiencing can cause a significant amount of anxiety," says Charles Releford.  "Our position is that transparency in this process can allay some of that anxiety."  The new vendors will begin providing services on January 1, 2018.  Chris 180 will takeover all grant funded programs (The Clubhouse & Apex Program) effective October 1, 2017.

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STOP BY & SAY HELLO!  THE DIRECTOR'S OFFICE IS EASY TO ACCESS IN THE GOVERNMENT CENTER

BHDD Offices  

(ABOVE: Natalie Crittendon is visible through the entrance of the BHDD Director's Office in the Government Center)

The Director's Office for the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) is fully established in its new home on the first floor of the Fulton County Government Center.  The staff is enjoying their new location.

"I like being able to interact with different departments and put a face to a name," says Natalie Crittendon, Administrative Coordinator.  "It's easier to get my job done because I have to interact a lot with the people in Human Resources and Finance.  Therefore, it lets me build relationships, and I am able to do my job better," she adds.

"I love it because it's quieter and you don't have all of the distractions that other offices or locations may have," says Faye Hawkins, Contracts Specialist.  LaTrina R. Foster (Director), Charles Releford, Faye Hawkins, and Natalie Crittendon are located in the BHDD main office

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