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FC Home Behavioral Health Transition Initiative January 2017 Transition News

January 2017 Transition News | Print |

Todd Long

(Todd Long, Fulton County Chief Operating Officer, discusses the Behavioral Health transition with a crew from Fulton County Government Television)


Wednesday, January 11, 2017  (Atlanta, GA) - Todd Long, Fulton County Chief Operating Officer, met with employees from the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities to discuss the transition of Behavioral Health services.

Mr. Long estimates that Ernst & Young will complete the Request for Proposal (RFP) by the end of March.  After review and approval by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, will be made available for bids by private vendors.  He estimates that a final bid will be received and accepted between the end of the second or third quarter of this year.  After a vendor is accepted and approved by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, there will be a transition period before the new vendor begins operations.  At this point, it is too early to state when the new vendor will begin operations.  

According to a spreadsheet presented at the meeting, the operational framework for Behavioral Health Services is broken down into four key areas:


(Core set of outpatient services)

  • Adult Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services


(Presence in schools)

  • Oversees current programs (Refers to a grant funded program)
  • Operate in the Clinics & Additional Schools

(Develop System of Care)

  • Integrate with Inter-Agency Planning Team for 5 Learning Communities for Emerging Needs: Opiates/Drugs, Suicide, & Crisis
  • Build strong referral process & address insurance coverage gaps


  • Address juvenile justice service needs
  • Support DUI & diversion courts
  • Build strong transition process for those leaving jail & entering community
  • Support future strategies and procedures for pre-jail diversion facilities & capabilities with area police ¬†


  • Help maintain stabilization for those entering housing through medication & therapy
  • Provide presence in shelters to assess needs, provide medication, and follow-up appointments
  • Consider opportunities to be innovative and flexible (e.g. mobile services & tele-medicine)

For questions or more information, please contact Brian Williams, Program Evaluation Specialist, at (404) 613-3789, or by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .