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Georgia Needs Eight New Behavioral Health Crisis Centers by 2032

Kaitlin Brito for NPR

A new state-commissioned study found Georgia will need five more behavioral health crisis centers by 2025, and an additional three by 2032.

State officials say they don’t have enough beds or mental health professionals to meet the existing demand. The state has 28 crisis centers with about 650 beds. But demand is far outpacing capacity, and many of these beds can’t be used due to a lack of staff.

The shortage of workers means that existing crisis beds are going unused across Georgia. In some parts of the state, as many as 20% to 50% of beds at a facility are unused.

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