A statewide needs assessment was completed in 2010 by the Georgia Department of Public Health as required for the Georgia’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting application. Seventy-two of 159 counties were found to be at-risk. Muscogee County ranked 3rd highest in risk. The Great Start Georgia framework being implemented in seven Georgia Counties, including Muscogee County, provides a systematic method for identifying children and families in need of supports and referring them to services.
During the past three years, there has been collaborative work between Public Health and the Great Start Georgia services/program staff, as well as collaborative work with other community partners increasing knowledge of the services provided by each and the process for referring to the services of each.
There is a Community Service Board in Muscogee County, New Horizons Community Service Board, which provides services for young children and is a partner with Georgia Department of Public Health in the LAUNCH initiative. Community Service Boards like New Horizons exist as a network of public corporations providing 18 mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse safety net services throughout Georgia.
The Maternal and Child Health Division of the Department of Public Health (MCH, DPH)
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)
The Governors Office of Children and Families (GOCF)
The Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services (DHS, DFCS)
Bright from the Start (DECAL)
Georgia State University – Georgia Health Policy Center
Georgia Family Connections Partnership
Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG)
Mental Health America of Georgia
Great Start Georgia (GSG)
Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)
Muscogee County Health Department (MCHD)
New Horizons Community Services Board (CSB)
Head Start State Collaboration
Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)
Georgia Association on Young Children
Georgia Appleseed center for law and justice
“Georgia’s children, birth to age 8, will have increased access to screening, assessment, and referrals to appropriate services to meet their social and emotional needs.”