What is Aspire Child & Adolescent Program?

Aspire Outpatient Services for Children and Adolescents is a unit of Albany Area Community Service Board, funded by the Department of Human Resources. Aspire is committed to serving children and adolescents with severe emotional, mental and/or behavioral problems and their families.

The program provides services in Baker, Calhoun, Dougherty, Early, Lee, Miller, Terrell and Worth Counties. The goal of Aspire is to provide comprehensive community-based no reject services to children, adolescents and their families. With adequate family support and community services, Aspire will reduce out-of-home placements and psychiatric hospital admissions, enabling children to remain in their homes and communities.

If your child and/or adolescent is experiencing any of the following, Aspire can help:

  • Self abusive behavior
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Poor academic performance
  • Aggressive behavior toward others
  • Excessive withdrawal
  • Fearfulness
  • Out of touch with reality
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Violates the rules
  • Fire setting
  • Sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
  • Breaking the law
  • Mood swings
  • Aspire serves youth, ages 5-18 years old

Aspire recognizes parents as part of their treatment team, therefore, developing a formal partnership with parents is essential. Aspire believes that in order to provide effective quality serve to a child, services must also be provided to the family. A family focused, wraparound approach is the most valuable, with basic values being:

  • All children are unique.
  • All children are to be valued as individuals.
  • All children can learn, grow and contribute positively to their communities and families.
  • All children are loveable, capable, worthwhile and responsible.
  • All families have strengths that must be recognized.
  • Children and their families should not be refused services.
  • Children should receive services in their community.
  • Children and/or families should receive individualized services based on their needs.
  • Children and their families should receive unconditional care.

Services Offered by Aspire Child & Adolescent Program:

  • Out of Clinic Crisis Management
    This service provides mobile assessment to individuals in an active state of crisis. The purpose of this screening is to rapidly respond, effectively screen, and provide early intervention to help the individuals who are in crisis.
  • Community Support Individual
    Community Support Services consist of rehabilitative, environmental support and target case management considering essential to assist the consumer in obtaining necessary services and are intended to restore an individual to the best possible function level. Interventions include life skills teaching, connecting to resources in the community and linking consumers to other valuable service providers.
  • Group Counseling
    Therapeutic and Life skills groups cover various diagnostic and behavioral issues (including but not limited to: gender specific, grief, anger management, parenting, mental illness awareness etc.)
  • Individual Counseling
    This service issues such a symptomatic/behavioral management, development of specific problem solving skills and coping mechanisms, development of adaptive behaviors and interpersonal skills.
  • Family Counseling
    This service provides systematic interactions between staff and consumer’s family members which are directed toward restoration, development of life and coping skills to increase family and consumer functioning, and which provides support to the family system
  • Physcian Assesment and Care
    Consumers will receive thorough psychiatric care including understanding of diagnosis, education of various medications and effects, as well as prescribed medications to best suit an individual's needs.
  • Nursing Assesment and Health Services
    This direct contact with consumers is used to monitor, evaluate, assess and or carry out physician’s orders regarding the physical and or psychological problems of a consumer.

Clubhouse Program:

Aspire Mental Health Clubhouse is operated by the Albany Area Community Service Board. The Clubhouse is a resiliency program designed for the purpose of providing a safe environment for children and teenagers to learn about their diagnosis and develop valuable life and coping skills and to decrease out-of-home placements and juvenile justice involvement. Clubhouse members have the opportunity to develop healthy functioning relationships with staff and peers. Aspire Clubhouse provides the following resiliency support services:

  • Peer Support Services
  • Educational Supports
  • Family Involvement Activities
  • Employment Support Services
  • Structured Recreational Activities
  • Clubhouse Specific Activities
  • Social Outings
  • After Care Services
  • Health and Nutrition Activities

Contact Information:

Aspire Child & Adolescent Program
Dougherty County
2500 Dawson Rd
Suite 101
Albany, Georgia 3170
Phone: (229) 430-5100
Fax: (229) 430-1979
After Hours: (229) 430-4052

Aspire Child & Adolescent Program
Early County
763 Jesse Johnson St
P.O. Box 909
Blakely, Georgia 39823
Phone: (229) 724-2171
Fax: (229) 724-2172