Bari Blake, MA, LPC

BARI w text-01Deputy Director of GCAL

Bari joined Behavioral Health Link in 2013 as a Mobile Crisis Response Team Supervisor. She was promoted to Behavioral Health Outcomes Manager later that year, and in 2015 was named Deputy Director of GCAL.

Bari began her career in behavioral health in 1984, serving working in an addictions treatment centers for adults and for adolescents in Alabama.  Throughout her career she has continued her work with adolescents and adults, inpatient and outpatient, psychiatric and addiction, in direct care clinician, as well as leadership roles. In the early nineties, Bari served as a founding board member for a non-profit agency in Atlanta that provides mental health services for people with HIV and AIDS. For five years, Bari also facilitated a weekly support group for women with HIV. Prior to joining the team at BHL, she worked for 20 years at a private psychiatric facility in the Atlanta area, initially as the Manager of the Adult Outpatient Programs, then as the Coordinator of the Social Services Department, and then as the Director of Utilization Review.

Bari obtained her master’s from the University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

What are you passionate about and why do you work for BHL?

BHL is in a unique position to help improve the system of behavioral health care in Georgia, and I very much want to make things better, particularly for those who are not able to advocate for themselves. Despite significant progress, there is still stigma associated with mental illness. I want to be part of an effort that enhances partnerships and creates alliances among different agencies and organizations, and endorses individual choice and recovery oriented services. My beliefs and interests dovetail with the mission of BHL, and I am excited about what has been, and what still will be accomplished.

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