Two of Georgia’s five respite centers face closure due to state budget cuts

Georgia State Capitol
The Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, Georgia. (Wikimedia Commons)

With one day left in Gerorgia’s 2023 legislative session, Chris Johnson, the interim executive director of Communications at the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN), is calling for Georgia lawmakers to take action and continue funding Georgia’s Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers.

According to GMHCN’s website, Georgia’s five respite centers offer free onsite mental health services and support to individuals dealing with a life crisis.

On Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Johnson spoke about the Georgia Senate Appropriations Committee’s decision not to continue funding some mental health programs, which could force the closure of two Georgia respite centers.