Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission

The Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission, created pursuant to House Bill 514 during the 2019 Georgia Legislative Session, is charged with conducting a comprehensive review of the behavioral health system in Georgia to include:

  • Behavioral health services and facilities in the state;
  • Identification of behavioral health issues in children, adolescents, and adults;
  • The role the educational system has in the identification and treatment of behavioral health issues;
  • The impact behavioral health issues have on the court system and correctional system;
  • Legal and systemic barriers to treatment of mental illnesses;
  • Workforce shortages that impact delivery of care;
  • Whether there is sufficient access to behavioral health services and supports and the roles of payers in such access;
  • The impact on how untreated behavioral illness can impact children into adulthood;
  • The need for aftercare for persons exiting the criminal justice system; and
  • The impact of behavioral illness on the state's population.

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The commission contains five subcommittees: Children and Adolescent Behavioral Health; Involuntary Commitment; Hospital and Short-Term Care Facilites; Mental Health Courts and Corrections; and Workforce and System Development.