Georgia State Laws, Policies and Funding
RH terminology used by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) None/unknown
Accreditation, Certification, and State Licensing Requirement: No state requirement.
RH Law(s): SB 4 (2021) An act prohibiting patient brokering in recovery residences and other settings.
RH Legislation: None/unknown
SABG Program: The “Planned Priority Areas” documents for your state’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program and Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program do not specifically mention recovery housing as a priority, nor do they list recovery support services as an allowable activity. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through these grant programs, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/be-supported/help-substance-abuse
SOR Program: Your state’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has previously funded recovery activities using State Opioid Response (SOR) funds. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through this grant program, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/be-supported/help-substance-abuse
Medicaid Funding: Nothing in the state Medicaid plan suggests direct support for RH, however, certain covered activities could evolve to be provided in RH settings include peer support, counseling, skills training, and case management.
NARR Affiliate Status: Yes, Georgia Association of Recovery Residences (GARR)
Housing Assistance Funding: https://www.dca.ga.gov/
Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley
The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley was founded in 1998 and is based in Columbus, Georgia. The Foundation aims to support vibrant and thriving communities throughout the Chattahoochee Valley region.
Regions: The Foundation’s service area includes the Chattahoochee Valley area. The counties include Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Quitman (rural), Meriwether, Muscogee, Stewart (rural), Talbot (rural), Taylor (rural), Troup, and Webster (rural) Counties in Georgia; and Russell and Lee Counties in Alabama.
Issues Supported: The top three funding areas for the Foundation are education, health, and philanthropy. The Foundation aims to address specific community needs and support solutions over time. Specific issues addressed include economic development, family services, in-patient medical care, shelter and residential care, and youth development.
Grant Process and Application: The Foundation supports several grant-making programs. The application deadline usually falls in December. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information regarding the grant-making process.
Grant-Making Per Year: In 2020, the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley provided grants in the amount of $15 million.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The House of Time in Columbus, Georgia, offers transitional housing and permanent supportive housing for women recovering from substance and other mental health issues. Services provided include substance use disorder treatment, relapse prevention, mental health care, job training, and life skills development to facilitate sustained sobriety and reintegration into society.
David A. Ball Family Foundation
The David A. Ball Family Foundation is based in Statesboro, Georgia, in rural Bulloch County.
Regions: Grant-making is focused primarily in Georgia, especially rural Bulloch County.
Issues Supported: The issue areas receiving the highest proportions of grant dollars are education, sports and recreation, and human services. The Foundation also supports projects addressing arts and culture, youth development, and education.
Grant Process and Application: Contact the Foundation by phone at 912-764-6951 for more information regarding the grant process.
Grant-Making Per Year: In 2020, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $212,000.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example:
New Beginnings in Christ Men’s Recovery Home is a grantee located in Garfield, Georgia, in rural Emanuel County. The Recovery Home offers supportive housing to men in a Christ-centered environment, at no cost.
Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation was established in 1999 with public assets derived from the merging of BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia and Wellpoint Health Networks. The Foundation’s mission is to support health equity and accessible healthcare for all Georgians, especially the state’s underserved groups.
Regions: The Foundation serves all of Georgia, including both rural and non-rural counties. The Healthcare Georgia Foundation has a specific focus on rural areas. For example, the Two Georgias Initiative is designed to address health care access issues and health disparities in rural areas throughout the state. Examples of rural counties served include Appling, Chattooga, Clay, Cook, Decatur, Early, Elbert, Hancock, Haralson, Lumpkin, and Miller.
Issues Supported: The Healthcare Georgia Foundation focuses exclusively on health and health care access. Specific subjects of interest include community health care, mental health care, and rural
Grant Process and Application: Application deadlines vary. Find more information about current funding opportunities and the application process by visiting the Foundation’s website.
Grant-Making Per Year: In FY 2019, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation provided grants in the amount of $3.3 million.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Ascensa Health at St. Jude’s Recovery Center in Atlanta, Georgia, is a grantee that provides several options for treatment for individuals struggling with substance use disorders. In addition to medical detox support and in-patient treatment, Ascensa Health also offers recovery housing to help individuals maintain sobriety in a structured and supportive environment.
The Jeremiah Foundation
The Jeremiah Foundation is located in Dublin, Georgia, in rural Laurens County. The Foundation was established in 2002.
Regions Grant-making is focused in rural areas of Georgia. The Foundation has also made grants supporting projects in Arizona, Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Michigan.
Issues Supported: Issue areas receiving the most funding are education, human services, and religion. The Foundation is interested in funding projects that support Christianity, corrections, education, family services, and health.
Grant Process and Application: The Foundation generally does not accept unsolicited requests for funding. Contact the Foundation by phone at 478-278-2142 for more information.
Grant-Making Per Year: In 2020, the Jeremiah Foundation provided grants in the amount of $68,231.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Promise of Hope is a grantee located in Dudley, Georgia, in rural Laurens County. The center offers supportive housing, with services and programs including life skills development and biblical guidance.
Georgia Opioid Settlement Funds
Total Settlement Funds in Georgia
- $636 million
- 75% allocated to the state, with 40% going to regions of Georgia and 35% going to the state
- 25% allocated to local governments
- Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
- Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years
- Johnson & Johnson will distribute $66 million in the first 90 days
- Not established
Spending So Far
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How About Your County?
To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.
Need More Info?
A year in the making by a staff of ten, the Fletcher Group’s 82-page Recovery Housing Landscape Report provides an in-depth overview of the most recent laws, policies, and funding affecting recovery housing. You’ll find sections devoted to state laws, SAMHSA funding, Medicaid, corrections, and housing assistance plus numerous links to valuable resources and official documents. To see the complete downloadable report, click the image to the left.
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