New Location!

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems has moved it's Clarke County location
to the Advantage Pavilion at 240 Mitchell Bridge Road, Athens.

Kids on Grass

Advantage serves children, adolescents, and families
who are dealing with behavioral problems, emotional disorders,
and substance abuse.

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Advantage practices different types of therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems Therapy,
and Interpersonal Therapy.

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Senior Group

Through Medication Assistance Programs (MAP), Advantage is helping individuals find affordable medications. Don't go without your meds. Find out what options may be available for you.

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Advantage Behavioral Health Systems

Our Mission

It is the mission of Advantage Behavioral Health Systems to provide person-centered community-based services and treatment to individuals and families experiencing mental illness, developmental disabilities, and addictions, by collaboratively using personal, community and organizational resources.

WHAT TO DO WHEN PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND /  While we often look to friends, family, and co-workers for support, there are times when that support is just not there. Maybe they doubt your diagnosis, treatment, or prescriptions. Maybe they think they know how you can "solve" your problem. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) has suggestions for helping you deal with these situations. The important takeaway, is to not let what others think derail you from taking care of yourself and getting the help that you need. See Strategies to Use When People Do Not Understand for more information.


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Advantage Behavioral Health Systems

Mental Health Screening Month

Have you had a mental health screening? Taking a simple question-and-answer test may help in determining if you need professional help. Organizations like Mental Health America have resource pages where you can screen yourself and get an idea of whether or not you're experiencing symptoms. To access these helpful tools, visit

LEARNING ABOUT BIPOLAR DISORDER  /  Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affects about 2.6% of the U.S. population. It's an illness that can cause dramatic mood changes throughout the course of a day, affect your energy, and keep you from thinking clearly. Symptoms include mania (elevated moods that make a person feel unnaturally happy and energetic) and depression (debilitating sadness and lack of energy). Causes of Bipolar Disorder include genetics, stress, and brain structure. Watch the following video to learn more.




Advantage Behavioral Health Systems

Interim Chief Executive Officer's Welcome

For over 40 years, Advantage has served the community with one strong message — the message of hope. Thousands of people have received healing service from our agency and experienced the joy of recovery.  It is because of the tireless and dedicated efforts of our physicians, clinicians and volunteers that clients can experience the freedom and independence that comes directly from our main mission.  As you browse our website, I sincerely hope that you will enjoy discovering the essence and strength of our wonderful organization, Advantage.

Tamara L. Conlin, LCSW
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Latest News

May 2, 2018

Autism Prevalence on the Rise, CDC Says

An increasing number of American children are being diagnosed with autism, according to new government figures.

May 2, 2018

Children of Addicted Parents Face Difficulties in Adulthood

This can include a higher risk of addiction

May 2, 2018

Athens 'At the Beginning of this Fight' Against Opioids

Local community mobilization event to discuss our local response to the Opioid epidemic

10 Locations

Our services cover the 10 county region of Northeast Georgia. We operate 6 behavioral health outpatient clinics and 7 clinical sites for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities.