Mission:  Provide social work services to Central State Hospital (CSH) clients with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse, including those requiring acute medical services and supportive nursing care, as we seek continuing improvement in the quality of our care.

Central State Hospital’s Social Work staff includes 50 professionals and paraprofessionals serving adult, geriatric, child and adolescent clients in a comprehensive health care setting. Specific settings include adult, child and adolescent psychiatry; a facility for the developmentally disabled; a medical/surgical hospital and nursing home/long term care facilities.  Social work functions include but are not limited to those outlined below.

Psychosocial Assessment

Initial and ongoing assessment to identify client strengths, deficits and risk factors, and to recommend social work interventions.

Responsibilities, Rights, Ethics

Advocating for clients to reduce or eliminate barriers to service. Membership in the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia provides periodic CEU’s.

Care and Treatment

Providing counseling and education to clients and families through individual and small group approaches as part of a team of health care professionals.

Continuity of Care

Working closely with clients, families and community agency staff to promote efficient use of hospital resources and effective aftercare plans.

Contact Information

Periodic professional and paraprofessional vacancies occur.
Licensure-related supervision available from LCSW staff.

For information contact:  Ansley Poythress, LCSW, (Acting) Social Work Service Chief
Phone 478-445-5381, Fax 478-445-1329,