MILLEDGEVILLE — The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities has begun attending to the fate of over 260 individuals still employed in Adult Mental Health Services at Central State Hospital.
Department Spokesperson Thomas Wilson told The Union-Recorder Thursday that following the transition of the remaining consumers into new hospital and community care settings last week, the hospital will begin working to transition employees into new positions in Central State and helping other employees find employment elsewhere within the community and state in the next 30 days.
Wilson said that rough estimates show about 50 openings within Central State, especially in skilled nursing positions at the Payton Cook forensics building, and another 50 open positions at East Central Regional Hospital in Augusta. He added that there will possibly be other openings with the department's six other hospitals, but CSH employees' willingness to commute or move to a new location will play heavily into the department's ability to transition them elsewhere.
“We want to help provide folks with as many opportunities as possible,” he said. “We would like to keep as many employees as possible, provided that their skills match the skill sets we have a need for, particularly nursing.”
Look for more details on this story in Friday's print edition of The Union-Recorder.