Community Resources

On this page parents, guardians and students can find a variety of community and surrounding area resources.  The list is subject to change; however, the provided contacts, agencies and programs have been identified as potential resources for assistance through different issues and situations.

If it’s a true emergency situation contact 911 or the appropriate local authorities.  Here is a local statewide crisis support line that offers 24 hour service and support.

Georgia Crisis and Access Line Crisis Text Line
 1-800-715-4225  Text START to 741-741
24/7 assitance with mental health, drugs, and/or alcohol Free, 24/7 crisis support from trained counselors through text messages



We welcome any parent, guardian or student to speak with our counselors regarding circumstances impacting your family. We can discuss school based recommendations, as well as give you resources we deem appropriate. If your student has recently been hospitalized or evaluated by a mental health professional, please contact your school counselor to develop a Safety Plan for re-entry into WBHS.

Credit Recovery/Non-Traditional High School Options

  • Barrow County has a campus for a Foothills Charter System school.  Please see this promotional video to learn more about their non-traditional approach to finishing high school.  They will also offer ways for students to recover credits previously failed.  More information to come regarding the recovery program, fees and sign-up.

Local Support Networks

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, and Al-Ateen                  800-841-2319 Programs and Support for those affected by substance abuse
    Referral Service and Treatment Program24-hour Helpline

    The Cottage Sexual Assault Center                      877-363-1912     
    24/7 crisis hotline victims of sexual abuse and assault; counseling center in Athens                 

    Georgia Crisis and Access Line                            800-715-4225

    24/7 assitance with mental health, drugs, and/or alcohol

    Georgia Poison Control Center 800-282-5846
    Provides emergency instructions for anyone who has ingested or been exposed to poison.

    Georgia School Safety Hotline                              877-SAY-STOP (729-7867)

    Report an unsafe situation in school such as weapons, bomb threats, drugs/alcohol, bullying, etc.

    Georgia Tobacco Quit Line                                    877-270-STOP

    Resources for those over 18 to stop using tobacco including individual assessment

    HelpLine Georgia                                                    800-338-6745

    24/7 help for substance abuse, victims of violent crime, addictive disease, referrals, treatment facilities, drug laws, self-help and support groups, etc.

    Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline 706-546-1133
    Crisis Hotline-706-353-1912 or 1-800-363-1912 operates 24 hrs 7days/week
    Provides services to sexual assault survivors in Northeast Georgia

  • Monthy Mobile Food Pantry

  • Advantage Behavioral Health System
    Publicly-funded provider of behavioral health, developmental disability and addictive disease services

    • Child and Adolescent Services 706-369-6363
    • Inner Light/Inner Quest (AD Treatment) 706-369-6363
    • Crisis Number 24-hour toll free 800-357-9774
    • Child & Adolescent Services – Barrow Co. 770-868-4150

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, and Al-Ateen
    Programs and Support for those affected by substance abuse
    Meeting schedules Athens area 706-543-0436
    Referral Service and Treatment Program 24-hour Helpline 800-841-2319

    The Alcove INC., Monroe 770-267-9150
    Crisis intervention, individual and family support

    Barrow Ministry Village (BVM) 678-425-1215
    Located in Winder, GA, BVM exists to bridge the gap in services providing hope and healing to the local community of struggling individuals, families, widows and orphans. They offer counseling services to adults and children.  Some insurance accepted and fees can be based on a sliding scale – individual counseling, group counseling, women’s issues, anxiety and depression, play therapy.

    Cornerstone Church of God: Athens Recovery Ministry 706-549-0023
    Residential treatment for adults and support groups for overcomers

    Family Counseling Service of Athens, Inc. 706-549-7755
    Provides assessments and ongoing treatment to individuals and families on a sliding- fee scale

    Georgia Department of Human Resources
    Division of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases

    Georgia Family Link
    Descriptions of programs across Georgia that promote the well-being of children and families by county

    Hope Anger Management   678-900-1255                  
    Located in Winder, the Hope Anger Management program is designed to help those who are struggling with controlling their behavior towards themselves and others. Hope Anger Management program is certified in all 50 states. H.A.M offers services for behavioral issues and is state & court order approved. We provide service for the following: Anger Management, FVIP Family Violence, Supervised Visitation, Children & Teen Behavior, Parent & Life Skills, Alcohol & Drug Assessment, Decision Making Skills

    Lifetime Counseling   678-425-9007                  
    Located in Winder, Lifetime Counseling offers services for all ages and specializes in the areas of anger and family violence, drug and alcohol, family issues, fears/phobias, self-esteem, anxiety and depression and more

    Mental Health America 706-549-7888 (Athens Office)
    Mental health information and referrals to resources in local communities

    Pathways Transitional Programs 404-378-2300
    Psychological assessment and substance abuse and counseling for children, adolescents, adults and family

    Peace Place                                                                              Peace Place, Inc. empowers victims, survivors, and our community to break the cycle of domestic violence through the provision of safe shelter, supportive services, and community awareness in Banks, Barrow, and Jackson counties.

    24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 770.586.0927
    Administrative Line: 770.307.3633
    Fax: 770.586.0957

    Project ADAM   (770) 867-8003                                                    Project ADAM (Alcohol Drug Abuse Ministries) is a non-profit community assistance center in Winder, Georgia, dedicated to addressing drug and alcohol addiction through community education, direct services and family activities.

    Ridgeview Institute- Monroe

    Offers FREE mental health assessments and referral services 24/7 for adolescents, adults, and senior adults.

    Phone: 844-350-8800                                                           Website: 

    Samaritan Counseling Center of NE Georgia 706-369-7911
    Pastoral counseling, groups and outpatient therapy on a sliding-fee scale

    Social Empowerment Center

    A full service mental health and social service agency. Insurance Accepted: Medicaid (all types) and PeachCare for Kids

    Phone: 770-925-2095                                               Website:

    Summit Ridge Center for Behavioral Health 770-822-2200 Crisis hotline – 678-442-5858
    Assessment 24 hours/7 days a week.  Programs include: adult inpatient treatment, adolescent treatment, senior adult inpatient, outpatient programs, adolescent partial hospitalization, 12-step support groups, addiction treatment, depression screening and more.

  • Barrow County Health Department  15 Porter St. E., Winder, GA 30680

    770-307-3011 (phone)  706-254-7914 (teen text line)   770-307-1039 (fax) (web)

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    Clinic Hours: Monday 8 am – 7 pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8 am – 5 pm, Friday 8 am – 2 pm

    Local Health Departments
    Located in each county with a variety of services on sliding-fee scale

    MedLink – Winder, GA
    133 West Athens St., Winder, GA 30680  Office: 770-867-6633

    Hours: Monday 8:00 – 5:00
    Tuesday 8:00 – 7:00
    Wednesday 8:00 – 7:00
    Thursday 8:00 – 7:00
    Friday 8:00 – 5:00

  • Khan Academy   Free Online Tutoring and Test Prep                    

    Khan Academy offers comprehensive tutoring and test prep services for free with sign-up.  You can find tutoring for math by subject and grade level.  Khan Academy offers other academic subjects on the site and for Advanced Placement curriculum.  Student can also get free test prep for the SAT.

Support Networks & Sites

  • Alcohol and Drug Helpline                            706-475-5797

    24-hour support and information services

    Crisis Text Line                            Text START to 741-741

    Free, 24/7 crisis support from trained counselors through text messages

    MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving                              706-369-6363

    Awareness of alcohol and drug abuse related problems

    Narcotics Anonymous                             800-234-0420

    Information and support meetings

    National Alliance on Mental Illness                            800-950-NAMI (6264)

    Mental health education, advocacy, and referral/support hotline

    National Sexual Assault Hotline                            800-656-HOPE (4673)
    24/7 phone or chat support for victims of sexual assault

    National Suicide Hotline                            800-273-TALK (8255)
    24/7 help for those experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts