The state agency charged with caring for Georgia’s mentally ill is considering privatizing much or all of the public mental-hospital network and shuttering facilities in cities including Savannah and Augusta and Rome.

Officials at the state Department of Human Resources, which also handles social services such as child welfare, say no final decisions have been made about whether to privatize the system.

The department is working to correct problems that have led to a spate of media stories about shoddy care at the hospitals and a federal Department of Justice investigation.

Savannah Morning News