Member Update May 9, 2016

Ga HOPE acquires Focus Counseling and Training
 

Dear Community Partners,

We have some very exciting news to share!

As of last week, Georgia HOPE has officially acquired Focus Counseling and Training, Inc. of Woodstock, GA. This means that Focus Counseling’s employees and clients are now a part of Georgia HOPE.

While you could definitely say that Georgia HOPE just got a lot bigger, we prefer to say that

GEORGIA HOPE JUST GOT A LOT STRONGER
As many of you know, the field of community mental health is often an "all hands on deck" situation.  Sadly, there is no shortage of need, however, there is often a shortage of available, quality providers.

We are honored and excited to strengthen our workforce with the addition of Focus' quality, reputable employees. Further, we are proud to add to the myriad of services we can provide to you, our valuable community partners.

See below for some information about how, we believe, our combined agency is stronger together.

Previously, Georgia HOPE served 14 counties
and Focus served 11 counties.

WE NOW SERVE 21 COUNTIES
ACROSS NORTH GEORGIA
COMBINED, WE HAVE EVEN MORE PROGRAMS TO OFFER CHILDREN & FAMILIES.
FOCUS
PROGRAMS

CORE Services

DFCS Services

Seven Challenges Program
Adolescent substance abuse program

Family Violence Intervention
24 week program for domestic violence

IMPACT Training
Foster care & adoption training
GEORGIA HOPE
PROGRAMS

CORE Services

DFCS Services

School-Based Mental Health
On-site partnerships with schools

Integrated Healthcare
Partnering with PCP's for whole health

Strengthening Families
Parent skills training program
HAVE QUESTIONS?
WE THOUGHT YOU MIGHT.
SEE BELOW FOR ANSWERS TO SOME COMMON ONES...

Q:  Why did this happen?

A:  The previous owner of Focus Counseling, Beth Brock, is ready to pass on her legacy.  She sought out options for selling her company and, given our similar missions, Georgia HOPE felt privileged to express our interest.

Q:  What will happen to the employees of Focus?

A:  We are thrilled to welcome all of Focus’ staff to employment with Georgia HOPE. Focus' employees will remain in the same positions they are currently in, aside from a few new leadership positions.

Q:  What will happen to Focus’ clients?

A:  Focus' clients will continue to receive the same quality of care, very likely from the same therapist or paraprofessional they are currently seeing.  We want this joining of forces to cause as little disruption as possible to our clients.  Should a client have any questions or concerns, please direct them to call Focus’ office line at (770) 516-1050.

Q:  In light of this change, how do I make a referral for services?

A:  For the next several months, the referral process for both Focus and Georgia HOPE will remain exactly the same as it has been. We will align our process in the coming months but, for now, just keep doing what you have always done. If you are used to calling Focus, continue to call on the same number.  If you have been submitting referrals to Focus via email, please continue to do so.  In the same way, you can continue to make referrals to Georgia HOPE using the same method you are used to (online, phone, or email)

Q:  How do I get in contact with Focus employees?

A:  Focus employee’s email addresses and phone numbers have not changed.  Continue to use them.
BUT, I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS...

No problem. We are happy to help.

Please reach out to our
Community Relations Director:
Rachel McCrickard
rmccrickard@gahope.org (mailto:rmccrickard@gahope.org)
(423) 605-4736

Community Partners, we ask for your continued support and partnership as we merge together two strong, reputable agencies into one dynamic team.

We truly believe that this exciting change has only expanded and improved our important goal of providing the best possible counseling care to the communities we serve.


 


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