Grantville leaders support behavioral hospital

by Clay Neely -

A resolution supporting the proposed Newnan Behavioral Hospital was unanimously approved Monday by the Grantville City Council.

Among the factors cited were the growing population of Coweta County, the inaccessibility to other treatment centers and the high level of care that the proposed hospital would be able to provide its patients.

“The need for psychiatric care can strike anyone,” said Grantville Mayor Jim Sells. “It’s like diabetes or cancer. It’s not something to choose, but when it strikes you, there’s a need.”

Sells cited a recent case that required a citizen being transported to Cumming because of the lack of an available bed in the area.

“Fayette, Meriwether, Troup, Heard and Coweta counties have no in-patient beds for patients with behavioral health problems,” Sells said.

A local program that could provide specialized treatment to military and veterans would be a welcome complement to the services provided by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration hospitals in Georgia, city leaders state in the resolution.

“The closest facility is Carrollton and they’re constantly full. There are people that our (police) officers need to take there but may wind up in jail because they don’t have a bed available,” Sells said. “This is something we need and all we’re doing is proposing to support the city of Newnan and Coweta County.”

The Georgia Department of Community Health denied a Certificate of Need application made by the Newnan Behavioral Hospital in December, citing a “lack of need” in the area.

US HealthVest, the parent company of the Newnan Behavioral Hospital, has appealed the decision to state health officials and is awaiting a decision that is expected to be made in April.

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