Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia

Mental Health Resources

Student Assistance Program

In an effort to address the social emotional wellbeing of students and staff members, Dalton Public Schools introduced its Student Assistance Program and Employee Assistance Program. Both programs provide free counseling and mental health services for individuals who are experiencing anxiety, stress or have experienced a traumatic event in their lives. To access these services, students should contact their school counselor for a referral.



Balanced Living Counseling Center
Office 306 North Thornton Ave Dalton, GA 30720 and
Various Therapists
Hours: contact for hours
Services: Preteens and Up. Specializing in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress management, EMDR, CBT, DBT and trauma focused counseling for individuals, couples, families and group
Insurance Accepted: Alliant, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health One, Aetna, Cigna, Beacon Value Options, Multiplan Tricare, Optum/UBH, Humana, Magellan, Tricare and Private Pay

Calhoun Counseling Center
645 Red Bud Rd. NE, Calhoun, GA 30703
Various Therapists
Hours: vary by therapist, generally M-F 8 am to 6 pm
Services: Professional counseling services particularly regarding anxiety, crisis, depression, grief, family, marital and pre-marital; specialized services including alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management, development issues, eating disorders, personal growth, and learning and attention disorders; additional services such as counseling groups for families of addicts, ADHD screening, psychological testing, substance abuse evaluations, and DOT evaluations; seminars also offered on various topics.
Insurance Accepted: Most insurance plans, Medicaid – varies by therapist

Carter Hope
506 Hawthorne Street, Dalton, GA 30721
Provides alcohol and drug treatment with 24 beds for men and 10 beds for women. For admission, patient must be over 18 and seeking treatment for substance abuse. There is a required $400 admission fee ($100 goes to physical assessment and $300 for first two weeks fees). It is $150 a week and they do not accept insurance. Individuals are encouraged to stay for 9 months and if have no employment when entering program, they will need to seek employment and obtain it while in the program.

Christian Counseling Center
203 N. Thornton Ave. Dalton, GA 30720
Hours vary by therapist

Services: individual, couples, and family counseling, anger management, substance abuse
Insurance Accepted: Cigna, BCBS, Health-one, United Health Care, Aetna, Comp Site, Magellan, Tri-care, Medicare, Amerigroup
Refer by phone or email to
Ages 5 and up

Counseling & Assessment Specialists, LLC
770-324-4420 or
Lisa Hunter, LPC, CPCS
Services: Adolescents and children, depression, anxiety, ADHD, sexual trauma and substance abuse
Insurance Accepted: All insurances except United Healthcare and Aetna. Accepts Alliant Health Plans and sliding fee scale for uninsured.

Dalton Counseling Services
311 N. Pointe Pl. Suite 6, Dalton, GA 30720
Various therapists
Hours: M, Tu, Thu, F – 9 am – 6 pm; W – 1 pm – 6 pm
Services: Psychological evaluations, individual and family counseling
Insurance Accepted: Medicaid, Wellcare, Amerigroup, Cenpatico, Cigna, BCBS, Alliant, Health One
Ages: 3yrs and older
No referral needed

Esperanza Counseling
720 S. Glenwood Ave., Suite 112, Dalton, GA 30721
Hours: Tu-F 9 am – 5 pm
Services: mental health counseling; bilingual Spanish/English
Insurance Accepted: Cigna; sliding fee scale

Family and Friends Counseling
310 N. Selvidge St., Dalton, GA 30720
Various therapists: Claire Davis, Sarah Gowin, Michelle Hilleke, Janet King, Cindy Urrutia (bilingual) and Joylene Green
Hours: M – F 8 am – 8 pm
Services: ADD/ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavior problems, blended family issues, child abuse recovery for children and parents, children and adolescent issues, clergy, codependency, communication skills, conduct disorder, couples, depression, divorce prevention, grief and loss, eating disorders, EMDR, intimacy and relationships, life transitions, opposition and defiance, parenting skills, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, spiritual issues, self-injury, stress management, trauma, women’s issues, yoga group
Insurance Accepted: Alliant, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Family Menders
5789 Battlefield Pkwy. Ringgold, GA, 30736
Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30
Services: IFI offered for clients with Medicaid, Amerigroup, and Wellcare
Individual and family counseling for self-pay clients
(Contract additional services through DFCS)
Insurance Accepted: Medicaid, Amerigroup, Wellcare
Ages: All ages served with DFCS. Clients age 5 and up
Referrals made by phone or by emailing

Georgia Crisis and Access Line/Behavioral Health Link

Links clients to partnering agencies for mental health, substance abuse, and crisis interventions. Mobile Crisis Team. All Ages

Georgia Hope
1414 Dug Gap Rd. Dalton, GA 30720
Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm Bilingual Staff
Services: Assessments, psychiatric, nursing, medications, counseling (individual, family, couples, group, substance abuse, trauma), community-based assessments, counseling and case-management, alcohol and drug assessments, intimate partner violence assessment.
Insurance Accepted: Medicare, Medicaid, Amerigroup, Wellcare, Cenpatico, Peachcare, State-contracted services (if client meets criteria)
Ages: 5 yrs and older


The Greenhouse CAC/SAC
PO Box 983 Dalton, GA 30720
Hours: varies
Services: specializes in forensic evaluations and therapy for children (and non-offending family members) that have been sexually or physically abused.
Insurance Accepted: N/A services free for victims that meet criteria

Highland Rivers Health
706-270-5100 or 800-729-5700
900 Shugart Rd. Dalton, GA 30720
Hours: M-F 8am - 6pm Bilingual staff
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8am-10am (Walk- In Hours / Need to arrive @ 8:00am)
Services: Core provider. Assessments, psychiatric, nursing, medications, Counseling (individual, family, group, substance abuse, trauma), case-management, intensive case management, crisis stabilization unit, substance abuse intensive outpatient, peer support, inpatient substance abuse, developmental disability services
Insurance Accepted: Medicare, BCBS, Cigna, Alliant, Aetna, UHC, Humana, Medicaid, Amerigroup, Wellcare, Cenpatico, Peachcare, VA, state contracted services (if client meets criteria).
Ages: 5yrs and older
Referrals made by phone at 800-729-5700

Life Balance Counseling, LLC
720 S. Glenwood Ave., Suite 112, Dalton, GA 30721
Jennifer Sawyer, LPC
Hours: contact for hours
Services: Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, depression; individual, family and couple’s therapy
Insurance Accepted: Amerigroup, Aetna, Alliant, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicaid, Tricare


Medlin Treatment Center
698 North Marietta Pkwy NE, Marietta, GA
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 6 pm
Services: Evaluations; therapy for trauma, sexual deviancy program, general counseling
Insurance Accepted: Medicaid, most private insurance, sliding fee scale

Pro Family/Cornerstones Counseling Center
2213 Cleveland Hwy. Dalton, GA 30720.
Hours: M-Thu 9-5, F 8-4
Services: Core services (Psych, nurse, drug assessment, behavioral health assessment) for clients with Amerigroup or Wellcare. IFI services. (Contract additional services through DFCS), CSI, individual and family counseling
Insurance Accepted: Medicaid, Amerigroup, Wellcare, self-pay
Ages: IFI 5-21, Individual and family 5 and up
Referrals made online, by phone, or by emailing

Rapha House
111 Ella Lane. Dalton, GA 30720
Hours: By appt
Services: Individual, couples, and family counseling.
Insurance Accepted: Aetna, Alliant, BCBS, Cigna, Gilsbar, Health One, The Integrity Benefit Network
Ages: Adolescents and Adults only
No referral needed

Steven’s Clinic
405 S. Thornton Ave. Dalton, GA 30720
Hours: M-Th 8am - 5pm
Services: individual, family, and couples counseling, psychiatric treatment.
Accepts all insurance except United Healthcare, Wellcare, and Medicaid
Referral by phone (Individual or parent/guardian may call to schedule appt.)
Ages 4 and older

Wescott Center (Hamilton Medical Center)
1109 Burleyson Rd. Suite 20
Dalton, GA 30720
Hours: M-Thu 8-5 F 8-1
Services: couples, individual, and family counseling
Insurance Accepted: Medicaid and most private insurances
Ages: 6 yrs and older
No referral needed

*** DFCS (Dept. of Family and Children Services):
For questions regarding Food Stamps, Medicaid, TANF or Childcare, contact the Georgia One Customer Contact Center at 1-877-423-4746
To report child abuse, call the CPS Central Intake Center at 1-855-422-4453