Central State Hospital (CSH), Georgia's first public psychiatric hospital, was founded in 1842 to provide a safe and humane environment for Georgians with mental illness and mental retardation. Located in Milledgeville, the CSH complex currently encompasses about 1,750 acres.
Central State Hospital, as a mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse facility, serves 23 counties in central Georgia (with a census in 2000 of 608,744) and has speciality programs serving citizens from the entire state of Georgia. The hospital is operated by the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases (DMHDDAD) within the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) and is the largest of eight DMHDDAD facilities.
Central State Hospital has been fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) since 1982.