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      Millions spent to bring care closer

      The Dougherty County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Center will be receiving an upgrade in the coming months to the tune of $4.9 million dollars.

      The improvements will add 30 beds to the facility, 20 new jobs to the economy, and more importantly cut down on travel time for those that need this care most.

      Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health, Frank Berry says the facility will now offer a broader range of services, which has desperately been needed in Southwest Georgia.

      "Quality of life and the ability to have that care right here in Dougherty County is vital, and that had been missing, so we're glad to have it put here," said Commissioner Frank Berry.

      Berry says in the past those needing help had to travel all the way to Thomasville, but with the expanded service it'll make the situation easier on everyone.

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