Wednesday, January 30, 2008


“Turning Disabilities into Possibilities” may soon be everyone’s favorite phrase in Alpharetta since The Marcus Institute opened its fourth statewide clinic in this dynamic and growing community. This move is part of The Marcus Institute's plans for statewide expansion to meet the need for pediatric developmental disabilities treatment in Georgia. Other locations include Athens, Savannah and Columbus.

According to the recent findings by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, there are not enough sub-specialists around the state providing services to this population. The Marcus Institute Alpharetta, at 3300 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 360, is the fourth of 10 Child Psychiatric Clinics to open throughout the state of Georgia. Dr. Helen Panarites at The Marcus Institute, will begin holding monthly clinics on the second and fourth Fridays.

"It is The Marcus Institute‘s mission to fill this void," said John R. Lutzker, Ph.D., executive director of The Marcus Institute. “Historically, families seeking treatment have had to travel to Atlanta. Soon The Marcus Institute’s services will be available throughout the state.”

The statewide expansion will increase access to services for children living outside of Atlanta. Clinics will accept both Medicaid and private insurance. Psychiatry will be the first clinical sub-specialty to be introduced; additional services will be added based on the needs of the particular community.

“Our goal is to help children with developmental and behavioral disabilities participate as fully as possible in family, school and community environments,” said Dr. Lutzker.

Any child who might be able to benefit from involvement in the clinic is welcome. The clinic is currently accepting referrals for new patients. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the intake department at 404.419.5300.

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