Aspire Behavioral Health opens new location

Aspire Behavioral Health opens new location

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – A major mental health service in Albany is expanding. Aspire Behavioral Health has opened its new outreach center on William Jr. Street.

The coordinators said that this project had been running for about five years. They hope this new location and expansion will help serve even more people.

The 14,000 square foot building will house all of Aspire’s programs for children and young adults. The need has increased because during the pandemic many people have stopped asking for help.

Dana Glass is the executive director of Aspire.(WALB)

After outpacing their other locations, executive director Dana Glass said she hopes this gives them the space they need to create a one-stop shop.

“If you’re struggling with a mental health disorder, you’re not alone. We’ve seen an increase in people entering the system at these high points of care like our emergency departments or our prisons, which is not where we want people to start their journey,” Glass said.

Sensory rooms, playrooms, nutrition rooms, computers, school and work. Glass said the pandemic has really pushed the need for expansion. Also wanting to create a welcoming environment.

Assistant Manager Lisa Oosterveen has been instrumental in creating this environment, trying to eliminate...
Deputy Director Lisa Oosterveen has been instrumental in creating this environment, trying to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.(WALB)

Deputy Director Lisa Oosterveen has been instrumental in creating this environment, trying to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.

“That’s one of the big things about this facility itself. If you look around you notice there’s nothing clinical about it,” Oosterveen said.

The sensory room for kids inside Aspire's new location.
The sensory room for kids inside Aspire’s new location.(WALB)

Experts said it was essential to provide help to someone in the early stages of their crisis. That’s why case managers will go into communities and connect them with the resources they need.

They hope this expansion is just one step in reducing the stigma around mental health, launching new programs and giving people a safe place to learn how to cope and cope. to improve.

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