State commissioner visits River Edge

Staff reportOctober 3, 2013 

Frank Berry III, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, visited several River Edge Behavioral Health Center locations Thursday, praising them for their work.

In Bibb County, he toured the center’s headquarters on Emery Highway, a home for people with developmental disabilities; a private home where three men with developmental disabilities live with River Edge residential support; and LifeSPRING, an outpatient and residential facility for women recovering from addictions.

“We came here today to recognize the great work River Edge and its staff are doing to help the community,” Berry said in the release. “You all are a great partner and are helping us to meet the needs of Georgians -- including our settlement agreement services -- and assist us in making available lives of recovery and independence in the community for citizens.”

While he spoke to several people who were previously in Central State Hospital in Milledgeville and are now in recovery at River Edge, Berry said, “you prove that community services work.”

Berry told River Edge managers their organization is “one of the foremost leaders in the state in finding creative ways to serve people.”

Later Thursday, Berry said, “the clients that I met with, they are getting great care. That’s the most important thing.”

River Edge CEO Shannon Terrell Harvey said River Edge was honored by Berry’s visit.

River Edge provides mental health, addictive disease and developmental disabilities services to more than 12,000 midstate residents including those in Bibb, Baldwin, Jones, Monroe, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties.

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