Family Advocates of Georgia, Inc

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CBAY (Community-Based Alternatives for Youth) is a 5 year demonstration project targeting children who have been diagnosed with a serious emotional and behavioral disturbance. This project is funded through CMS (Center for Medicaid Services) and Georgia is one of ten states who received this grant award. In order to receive these services your child must meet the following criteria:

  1. Your child must have a primary mental health diagnosis
  2. Your child is either placed in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) or at risk of being placed in a PRTF

CBAY provides an array of non-Medicaid services in addition to your State Plan benefits. CBAY will use a Wraparound approach which includes having the services developed and driven by your family using a team process. Your CME (Care Management Entity) and care coordinator will help you identify what your child needs and build on your family’s strengths. The goal of CBAY is to assist you and your family to become independent by helping you build community partnerships and relationships.

High Fidelity Wraparound Navigation

The CBAY referrals are initiated by a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) or a core mental health provider. The referrals are then approved by the State CBAY office and sent to one of the four care management entities (CME).


Kids can be directly referred to the wrap program by a counselor, parent, probation officer, DFCS case manager, or a short term psychiatric hospital.

A youth can even referred thimself.

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