Macon County

Our Office is located at: 

100 Thomas Heights, Suite 206
Franklin, NC 28734

Office Phone: (828) 524-9385

Fax: (828) 524-1940

For billing questions, please call (804) 433-3530 or email

Meet the Staff


Lauren Garner

Director, Eastern Outpatient and Community Services

Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with 14 years of mental health experience.  She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work from Western Carolina University.  After earning her Bachelor’s Degree, Lauren worked at Broughton State Hospital providing direct care to patients in group and individual settings.  Lauren has been part of the Appalachian Community Services team since 2011.  While working in multiple direct care capacities within ACS, Lauren discovered a passion for community and organizational management.  In 2015 she became the Assistant Director of Outpatient and Community-based Services, supervising services provided out of the eastern most counties served by ACS.  In 2019, Lauren accepted the position of Director of Outpatient Services and Client Relations.  In addition to being passionate about providing the best care in the region, Lauren also enjoys spending time with her two daughters, traveling, and recreational activities.

North Carolina Regional Director

Ron Ross |  828.837.0071 x 2518