Gateway Behavioral Health Services

Gateway Behavioral Health Services


Gateway Behavioral Health Services is a state-run, nonprofit organization that provides behavioral health treatment programs for adults and youth seeking treatment for psychiatric disorders, chemical dependency, and co-occurring disorders. The organization provides crisis stabilization and residential treatment for adults through their flagship location in Brunswick, Ga., as well as outpatient-based programs throughout eight eastern Georgia counties. On-site detoxification may be a component of stabilization services.


Before beginning a treatment program at Gateway Behavioral Health Services, clients participate in an initial assessment to determine an appropriate course of treatment. If stabilization is required, clients may be referred to the Brunswick facility for detox and residential treatment. Clients begin an individualized treatment plan through various services.

Gateway utilizes individual, group, and family counseling sessions to address social, psychological, and emotional issues that may contribute to a co-occurring addiction disorder. Treatments are also based on the 12-Steps principles. Medication assistance is available as needed.

Community-based treatment programs are used in treatment programs. 12-step meetings and other group activities are used to facilitate community building and recovery. Clients also participate in peer groups and holistic health development courses.

Continuing care services are available for clients that complete programs. Vocational support, pharmacy assistant, job assistance, and job coaching are made available. Clients often combine these services with sober living skills to facilitate a new lifestyle after treatment.

Family participation is encouraged where possible. Clients may seek family counseling and therapy sessions to help rebuild family connections.


CARF-accredited, Gateway Behavioral Health Services employs a large, multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, social workers, nurse practitioners, a physician assistant, and behavioral health support staff.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. The two alumni polled at the time of this writing submitted a one- and a two-out-of-five-star rating for the Brunswick facility’s cleanliness and upkeep.


At the time of this writing, two alumni provided feedback to about Gateway. The feedback was negative.

Alumni gave one and two out of five stars for its number of available counseling options, discharge planning, and the staff’s level of training and experience. One alum questioned the professionalism and attitude of the staff, while the other felt the program was unorganized, but did comment: “It got the job done.”

On Google where the facility has received an average rating of 3.4 out of five stars from five respondents to date. [1]


The sole loved one polled by at the time of this writing about Gateway gave a positive review.

The respondent generally approved of the facility, submitting four out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience, the level of family participation in treatment, and the amount of counseling options. “Solid treatment and affordable,” the loved one commented.

However, the loved one gave only one out of five stars for its holistic offerings.


A former addiction counselor who submitted a review to about Gateway did not comment on most aspects of treatment, and simply stated: “Not great management.”

On Indeed, 20 employees submitted an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars for Gateway as a whole. [2] Reviewers tended to cite the dedication of co-workers as a program strength.


Gateway Behavioral Health Services works with multiple insurance companies, including Aetna, Amerigroup, Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well as military insurances. Program costs are based on a sliding scale fee structure, determined by family income and size. Both alumni gave one out of five stars for affordability.


Reviews about Gateway Behavioral Health Services

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  • Very good facility with a focus on clients recovery. Staff is knowledgeable and client focused. Works well with keeping clients safe, engaged and involved in their recovery. Facilities could most definitely use updating to allow more activities to be had.
    Not great management.
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  • Solid treatment and affordable.
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  • Staff Clean Food was good. Old and Out dated. Not that organized It got the job done
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  • they all had attuides and wasnt willing to help clients pull threw ther hrdest time they was horrible never have treatment here