Child and Adolescent Services

Mother and ChildrenCobb and Douglas Counties Community Services Boards are pleased to offer a program for children and adolescents called Bright Changes. The Bright Changes program is a comprehensive, youth-guided, family driven and community supported mental health and substance abuse system of care, which provides quality care in a culturally competent manner that addresses the needs of the whole person. Bright Changes will provide the following services to children and adolescents ages 5 years through 21 years in both the outpatient clinic and in the community.

  • Evaluation, Psychiatric, and Nursing Assessment
  • Individual, Group, and Family Counseling
  • Group Skills Training and Development
  • Play Therapy
  • Community Support Services
  • Medication Management
  • Resource Coordination

Bright Changes School Partnerships Program is a partnership with participating schools to provide school-based mental health services to students in grades K-12.  Bright Changes staff work closely with school staff to identify the needs of students and link them with appropriate services. Some of the services within the school setting include assessment, diagnostic evaluation, individual and family therapy and case management/community support. This school collaboration provides families with streamlined access to mental health services and serves to help improve academics, behavior, school attendance and ultimately graduation.  Brochure School Partnership APEX

Cobb County School District

  • Clarkdale Elementary School
  • Cooper Middle School
  • Tapp Middle School

 Marietta City School District

  • Marietta 6th Grade Academy
  • Marietta Middle School
  • Marietta High School

The Clubhouse Programs: Bright Changes Clubhouse is a community-based youth-guided and family-centered free program, addressing the social and emotional needs of youth ages 9 – 21.  Our goal is to support and encourage youth to explore new and exciting opportunities, by promoting an array of experiences.  All youth and emerging adults in the program are referred to as Club Members.  Club Members will receive case management, age-appropriate life skills, training and academic support. Bright Changes Clubhouse Brochure – 9-7-2017
TEAM Clubhouse serves as a place where adolescents (ages 13-19) and their families can come to feel at home and participate in life mending activities. Some benefits of The Clubhouse include empowerment, companionship, and maintaining one’s balance in life. Clubhouse components include: a Social Component, Educational Support Services, Employment Services, Peer and Family Support Services, Aftercare and Relapse Prevention Services. Doug Clubhouse Brochure 16

The Hartmann Center is a therapeutic, structured, residential treatment program for adolescents, ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old, with substance abuse issues and/or co-occurring mental health disorders. Brochure Hartmann 4-2018 , Española- Brochure_Hartmann

To schedule an appointment for the Hartmann Center, or for questions, please call 770-971-7801 between the hours of 9-2p.m.

Hartmann’s Admission Criteria are as follows .

  1. Youth between the ages of 13-17 who  is experiencing a severe crisis which has significantly compromised safety and/or functioning. Youth must have symptoms of a substance related disorder and/or some with co-occurring disorders; and one or more of the following:
  2. Youth’s symptoms/behaviors indicate a need for continuous monitoring and supervision by 24-hour staff to ensure safety; or
  3. Youth/family has insufficient or severely limited skills to maintain an adequate level of functioning, specifically identified deficits in daily living and social skills and/or community/family integration; or
  4. Youth has adaptive behaviors that significantly strain the family’s or current caretaker’s ability to adequately respond to the youth’s needs; or
  5. Youth has a history of unstable housing due to a behavioral health issue or a history of unstable housing which exacerbates a behavioral health condition.


  1. Severity of identified youth issues precludes provision of services in this service
  2. Youth with the following conditions are excluded from admission: developmentally delayed, autism, organic mental disorder, or traumatic brain injury.
  3. Youth can effectively and safely be supported with a lower intensity service
  4. Youth whose behaviors and/or mental health issues outweigh the program’s  capacity to safely provide treatment

Click on the word to make a referral  to services for Children and Adolescents.

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