Mental Health Center
The Mental Health Center is a local outpatient clinic providing diagnostic assessments, therapy sessions, and consultation services for residents of Scott County.
Prioritizing our mental well-being is equally important as our physical health. Mental health Center challenges can profoundly affect not only our own lives but also those around us.
Thankfully, resources are available to foster positive mental health and lead a fulfilling life.
To schedule a therapy or crisis appointment, please contact the Mental Health Center Intake at 952-496-8481 during business hours (8 am – 4:30 pm). Same-day crisis appointments are also available.
For appointments outside of business hours, you can leave a confidential message on the Mental Health Center Intake team’s voicemail at 952-496-8481. Your call will be returned on the following business day.
Mental Health Center Crisis
During business hours (from 8 am to 4:30 pm), you can reach out at 952-496-8481 for a crisis appointment. For mobile services offered by Scott County Crisis Response after business hours (from 4:30 pm to 8 am), please call 952-818-3702. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, dial 911.
A mental health Center crisis may involve various situations,
- Such as discussing self-harm or harm to others,
- Engaging in self-injury without immediate medical attention,
- Feeling emotionally distressed, experiencing extreme depression, anger, or anxiety, and exhibiting highly unpredictable or unusual behavior.
Mental Health Center Program
The Mental Health Center Program at the Carter Center, led by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, is dedicated to fostering awareness about mental health Center issues, influencing public policy, ensuring equitable access to mental health care, and combatting stigma and discrimination faced by individuals with mental illnesses.
How Common are Mental Illnesses?
Mental illnesses are prevalent health conditions that affect a significant portion of the population in the United States and worldwide. Approximately one in five American adults experience some form of mental illness.
Fortunately, even the most severe mental health Center conditions can be effectively treated, enabling individuals to actively participate and make meaningful contributions to their families and communities.
The Mental Health Center Program utilizes the Center’s influence to convene health leaders and organizations, fostering discussions on critical public policy matters concerning mental health Center and substance use care systems at national and state levels.
The Mental Health Center Program of the Carter Center operates in Georgia with a distinctive approach. It strives to promote evidence-based public policy at the state level while identifying best practices that can influence policy changes in other states and at the federal level.
Our efforts aim to implement and enforce parity laws, ensuring individuals have access to behavioral health treatment.
The Georgia General Assembly unanimously passed the Mental Health Center Parity Act during the 2022 state legislative session. This significant legislation ensures that the state will enforce parity in insurance coverage for behavioral health care for the first time.
The Mental Health Parity Act (Georgia General Assembly – HB 1013 (ga.gov)) aims to ensure equitable coverage for behavioral health treatment, including mental health Center and substance use disorder, alongside physical health in both public and private health insurance plans. This legislation will facilitate affordable access to such services for Georgians and their children.
Mental Health in Georgia
The Carter Center Mental Health Program is actively involved in collaborative initiatives to enhance and maintain school-based behavioral health services, prevention, early intervention, and support in Georgia.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn have had adverse effects on the mental health of numerous individuals, further compounding challenges for those already struggling with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
The Mental Health Program is dedicated to enhancing access to behavioral health services in Georgia and nationwide. Our primary focus is on vulnerable populations. We achieve this through:
- Enforcing and implementing parity, which ensures equal insurance coverage for mental health and substance use conditions.
- Enhancing access to school-based behavioral health services and support for youth.
- Increasing access to care for older adults who have mental illness.
Global Behavioral Health
The Mental Health Program of The Carter Center collaborates with the government of Liberia, alongside local and international stakeholders, to enhance public mental health Center .
The program aims to achieve various goals, including mental health Center workforce training, support for the Ministry of Health in implementing national mental health Center policies, anti-stigma programming, capacity enhancement of civil society organizations, and empowerment of mental health service users and family caregivers.
Results and Impact
Mrs. Carter was instrumental in enacting the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This significant legislation guarantees that mental illnesses receive equal insurance coverage compared to other diseases.
The Carter Center has collaborated with the government of Liberia to provide training for over 300 qualified mental health clinicians, serving all 15 counties in the country. Among these clinicians, 140 possess specialized expertise in child and adolescent mental health care.
Since its establishment in 1996, the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism have enabled fellows to create over 1,500 mental health-related stories, documentaries, books, and other works throughout and beyond their fellowship year.
Impressive accolades include an Emmy, Pulitzer Prize nominations, and other awards. Notably, one in seven domestically and internationally fellows have observed that their fellowship project has contributed to modifications in local, state, or national behavioral health policies or programs.
The Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Center Policy, held annually from 1985 to 2016, served as a platform for national mental health Center leaders to unite, address common concerns, and propose actionable strategies for coordination and progress.