Thursday morning, Gov. Brian Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp and state officials announced a new mobile application to support the Georgia Crisis and Access Line, a 24/7 hotline offering free and confidential access to services for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“Traveling across the state, Marty and I have heard firsthand from parents, students, teachers, and administrators about the growing mental health crisis in our schools and communities. That’s why we’re taking action to fund mental health intervention services, school security measures, and innovative tools like the My GCAL app,” says Kemp. “I applaud the hard work of Commissioner Fitzgerald and the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities to build this resource for our state and lend a helping hand to those in need.”
The My GCAL app – for Apple and Android smartphones – was designed to reach Georgia’s youth in times of need, and GCAL is staffed by caring professionals – including licensed clinicians – who are available 24/7 to address behavioral health crises, make referrals for treatment, and dispatch mobile crisis response teams. The app enables users to receive immediate support by communicating with caring GCAL professionals via text message, chat, or phone. While the My GCAL app is targeted at youth, GCAL is available to anyone in Georgia.
“Right now, Georgia’s youth face tremendous pressure to ‘fit in’ with their peers, and it can take a severe emotional and physical toll on their day-to-day lives,” said First Lady Marty Kemp. “As the parents of three teenage daughters, Brian and I understand that Georgia families face this challenge every single day. We’re committed to standing with them in this fight.”
Joining the Kemps at the announcement were state Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, and Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome.