Daily Update June 1, 2016

Georgia Mental Health Forum 5/20/16

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter provided opening remarks at the Twenty-first Annual Rosalyn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum held at the Carter Center Friday, May 20, 2016. Mrs. Carter chairs The Carter Center Mental Health Task Force and is a leading advocate for mental health. Dr. Coleen Boyle, keynote speaker presented to Mrs.Carter a copy of the latest CDC Vital Signs report.

Panel discussions included:
Voices Across Georgia: Addressing the Treatment Needs of Young Children with Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - New research was presented  about the needs of children with ADHD

2) Update on the DOJ Settlement -  the forum provided an opportunity to update stakeholders on the 2010 settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of  Justice and the State of Georgia. The state had committed to move almost 700 patients with developmental disabilities out of psychiatric hospitals into community settings by July 1, 2015. More than 200 of these patients remain in the hospitals.

3) Establishing School-based Mental health Partnerships: A Guide for Schools and Providers - one of the highlights of the forum was a presentation by Together Georgia member, Rachel McCrickard from Georgia H.O.P.E. Georgia H.O.P.E., along with the Community Service Boards and two other DBHDD Tier-1 Providers, are delivering school-based mental health services through the Georgia Project APEX (GAP) initiative. This project helps fill the gap in schools--the national average school counselor to student ratio is 471:1. The GAP initiative ensures access to service for children in need of behavioral health interventions. 



Coleen Boyle presentation - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Young Children: CDC’s Effort to Promote Recommended Treatments

Georgia Interagency Directors Team

Melissa Danielson presentation National and Georgia-Specific Patterns of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment Among Insured Children Aged 2-5 Years, 2008-2014

Ann DiGirolamo presentation  - Voices Across Georgia: Addressing the Treatment Needs of Yount Children with ADHD

Susanna Visser presentation - Overcoming System Barriers to Providing Parent Training in Behavior Therapy for Young Children with ADHD--Model Programs from Across the United States

Jana Pruett  presentation - Georgia APEX Project: Increasing access to mental health services for children and adolescents through community partnerships

Rachel McCrickard presentation  - School-based Mental Health Program 

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The Georgia Conference on Children and Families  - November 2-4, 2016