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Georgia Apex Project (GAP)
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) has sought partnerships with LMCS, as well as other Georgia CSBs, in an attempt to create a state-wide infrastructure for school-based mental health programming.
One in five adolescents in this country shows significant symptoms of emotional distress, with almost 10% having symptoms that impair everyday functioning and the first signs of mental illness or emotional distress often appear in the school setting.
Behavioral and emotional health issues can present significant barriers to learning and academic achievement and also lead to disciplinary issues and school absenteeism/truancy. GAP provides consistency in treatment and a more comprehensive approach to meeting the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students.
The primary goals of GAP are to:
• provide for early detection of children and adolescent mental health needs;
• provide greater access to mental health services for children and youth; and
• sustain increased coordination between Georgia’s Community Service Boards and the local schools and school districts in which they reside.
Source: DBHDD– Lookout Mountain Community Services FY15– Georgia APEX Project (GAP) Annex A