Behavioral Health Services

The Department of Community Health (DCH) administers Medicaid reimbursement and associated policy for mental health treatment and services through partnership with The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).  As Georgia’s Behavioral Health Authority, DBHDD provides services through a network of community providers.

Community providers of behavioral health services can be accessed by contacting The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 800-715-4225 or via the web by visiting  Additional information on available services and policy requirements can be obtained by visiting  Medicaid reimbursement rates and associated policy of this program are found here: Provider Manuals

DCH also administers Medicaid-reimbursed behavioral health services for children and eligible adults in Georgia through four (4) Care Management Organizations (CMOs).  The CMOs authorize and reimburse services through provider networks found here:



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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. After dialing 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), the caller is routed to their nearest crisis center to receive immediate counseling and local mental health referrals. The Lifeline supports people who call for themselves or someone they care about”.

Local and regional calls are routed from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to DBHDD’s Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) 1-800-715-4225

Voices for Georgia’s Children has given permission and provided the following video on Suicide Prevention: