Georgia Smartphone App launched for youth in crisis

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ATLANTA — State officials have launched a new mobile application to support the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL), a 24/7 hotline offering free and confidential access to services for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Traveling across the state, Marty and I have heard firsthand from parents, students, teachers, and administrators about the growing mental health crisis in our schools and communities,” said Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday. That’s why we’re taking action to fund mental health intervention services, school security measures, and innovative tools like the My GCAL app.

The My GCAL app – for Apple and Android smartphones – was designed to reach Georgia’s youth in times of need, and GCAL is staffed by caring professionals – including licensed clinicians – who are available 24/7 to address behavioral health crises, make referrals for treatment, and dispatch mobile crisis response teams.

Darnell, T. (2019, February 15). Georgia Smartphone App Launched For Youth In Crisis, The behavioral health hotline adds text and chat access designed to reach Georgia’s youth. Patch.

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