Community Support Team

Available in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties

The Community Support Team (CST) is an intensive community-based service for people who have had frequent hospitalizations or crises due to severe and persistent mental health issues. The Community Support Team includes a lead therapist, registered nurse, certified peer specialist and community support services (CSS) worker that meet with the individual a minimum of four times a month. Services are customized to the needs and preferences of the individual, and family members and significant others can be included at the individual’s request.

CST services help decrease hospitalizations and crisis episodes, and restore individuals to their best possible level of functioning – building the independence, resiliency and coping skills needed to live in their communities. CST staff helps each person develop an individual recovery plan (IRP) based on his or her strengths, preferences and goals.

In order to meet the needs of individuals most effectively, CST staff can meet with an individual in his or her home, or locations in the community such as homeless shelters, street environments or other locations that provide adequate privacy and safety. A team member is always available for an individual who needs help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (evenings, weekends and holidays).

What CST provides

Symptom assessment and management
• Crisis intervention and planning
• Medication management, education and monitoring
• Skills training (illness self-management, relapse, daily living, problem solving)
• Psychosocial rehabilitation
• Nursing
• Case management
• Linkage to services and resources (including rehabilitation/recovery services, medical services, wellness and nutrition supports, general entitlement benefits, etc.)
• Development of personal support networks

Who CST is for

Community Support Team services are for adults 18 and over with one of the following diagnoses that impairs their ability to live in their community:
• Serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI)
• Co-occurring substance-related disorder and SPMI)
• Co-occurring SPMI and intellectual and/or developmental disability

In addition, an individual must have one of the following risk factors:
• Transitioning or discharged from a hospital or an institutional setting because of a mental health issue in past six months
• Admitted to a psychiatric inpatient facility or crisis stabilization unit for psychiatric stabilization three or more times in past 12 months
• Continuously homeless for a year or more, or four episodes of homelessness in past three years due to a mental health issue
• Released from jail or prison in past six months
• Seen in the emergency room for behavioral health needs three or more times in past 12 months
• Having “forensic status” and the relevant court has found that aggressive community services are appropriate


For more information about Community Support Team services or to make a referral:
Phone: (706) 635-2739
Address: 1179 Progress Road, Ellijay, Georgia 30540