Provider Watch  June 2, 2016

Our Mission
Georgia Parent Support Network, Inc. is dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy for children and youth with mental illness, emotional disturbances, and behavioral differences and their families. 
Board of Directors
Kathy Dennis 
Board President
Karl Dennis 
Barbia Dunbar-Arnold
Todd Estroff, M.D.
Catherine Ivy, MSW
Linda Seay
Sherry Jenkins Tucker
Kathy Vadasy 
Carolyn Walker
Cynthia Wainscott
President of the 
Board Emeritus
Sue L. Smith, Ed.D. 
Chief Executive Officer
Brett Barton, LPC
Chief Operation Officer
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Letter from Sue
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Sue L. Smith, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer
May was a very exciting month! Thank you Governor Deal for proclaiming May as Children's Mental Health Awareness Month and for the wonderful proclamation.
We enjoyed all of the Children's Mental Health Month/Week/Day activities.  There were far too many to list here and I might miss some.  I will single out Children's Mental Health Awareness Day at the Capitol which was an amazing day with over 200 attendees. 
Thanks to all of the people who made it happen - first and foremost Commissioner Frank Berry and DBHDD, Friend and Legislative Partner Representative Katie Dempsey, Voices for Georgia's Children, Georgia's Youth M.O.V.E. Members, staff, speakers, and sponsors.  I think we had the best day ever!  Mark your calendar for next year Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 4, 2107.
Sue Smith, Rosalynn Carter, Cynthia Wainscott
The second event that I want to single out was the Twenty-first Annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum what a wonderful and informative event it was.  Mrs. Carter was, as always, in great form.  Mrs. Carter we thank you for the years of hard work and your focus on mental illness and the vision you have created, not only in this country but worldwide for mental health wellness.  
Summer is upon.  As a child I lived for summer.  My family lived on a rural farm in Georgia with no TV and very few neighbors.  I spent endless time exploring the many acres around our farm, getting to know all kinds of animals, the smell of rain coming, newly turned earth and freshly picked cotton.  I learned to work hard and to appreciate nature in all of her greatness.  There was a book mobile that came every week and I would get so excited.  We could check out 12 books at the time, but I always managed to get more.  By the end of the summer I would have read every book for my grade and several grades ahead.  They took me to places I had no idea existed.  I think it was at this point that my "Bucket List" began. For those of us fortunate enough to be able to share, I challenge you find youth in need this summer and to help expand their horizons. 
Finding Help, Finding Hope 
Art & Poetry Contest Winners
Thank you so much for attending Children's Mental Health Awareness Day at the Capitol!  It was a huge success and your participation meant a lot to our youth.  We are very excited to announce this year's winners for our Finding Help, Finding Hope art and poetry contest.  Please join us in congratulating 
our talented young artists for their outstanding work and creative expression. To see more pictures from Children's Mental Health Awareness Day at the Capitol please click here
Visual Art
1st Place 
Darius Davis
2nd Place
Shywvan Love
3rd Place
Neely Piper
Creative Writing
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
To read poems click on name
Team Collaboration - First Place
click the image to read the book
Congratulations CPS-Y 
Weekday, November 2nd 2014
GPSN Transitional Youth Peer Center is proud to announce that both Diamond Howard and Kiara Sims are State of Georgia Certified Peer Specialist - Youth (CPS-Y).
The Georgia CPS Project Mission
"It is the mission of the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Project to identify, train, certify and provide ongoing support and education to consumers of mental health services, to provide peer support as part of the Georgia mental health service system and to promote self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery." 
Ladies, we are so proud of your hard work and dedication!  We know you'll both go on to do great work while supporting your fellow peers. 
Kiara Sims, CPS-Y Diamond Howard, CPS-Y
Summer reading in Georgia! FREE access to tons of books, spanning genres, languages, audience age ranges you can access 24 hours a day - every day - through Aug. 31.
We want to double the number read last year by reading more than 200,000 online books this summer. Thanks to myON, we will share your success by mapping the hours and the books that YOUR community is reading.
And please, teachers, children, parents, anyone who works for or with children: send us your blogs, videos, book reviews.
Staying Strong in Mind & Body 

The summer is a great time to take a look at our physical health and mental health goals.  Are you continuing to work toward being the strongest versions of yourself?  
We've pulled together a few resources that will help you keep your your health in check and your mind sharp. 
The link below is a great read on healthy living. It's always important to stay relevant with current health issues.   Let's work together to insure that we continually understand and administer healthy habits.  
Tips for a Healthy Family
Proper Storage and Disposing of Medications
UPLIFT, WY Family to Family Health Information Center 
Everyone has over the counter or prescription medicine around the house but do you know if they are properly stored? Below are some simple tips you can use that will prolong the life of your medicine and to prevent accidental ingestion, misuse or abuse.
  • Store your medicine in a cool dry place. Heat, air, light, and moisture may damage your medicine.
  • Always keep the medicine in the original container.
  • Always keep the medicine out of the reach of children. The security of a cabinet or storage box with a lock would be ideal.
  • Here are more tips on properly storing medicine.
Once your medication is expired, how do you dispose of it? Expired medication loses it's effectiveness. Here are some tips to properly dispose of your old and expired medication.
  • Do not flush your medicine down the toilet.
  • To throw away the medication first mix it with something like coffee grounds or kitty litter and then put it in a sealed bag. This will ruin it so no one can take it if found in the trash.
  • Ask your pharmacy, many have programs that will take old medicine.
  • Your local police department or sheriff's department might have drop boxes in their offices where you can take your old medication to.
  • Local resources where you can find drop boxes or drug take back programs.
Scholastic has a medication safety program that is tailored to teachers, nurses, families, and communities that has some good information you can share with your children to help them learn the importance of handling medication safely.
This newsletter from Scholastic is something you can print out and put on the fridge that has a medication check list and emergency numbers.
For more information, check out our Wyoming Institute for Disabilites website at

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under 1H84MC24069-01-00, Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN for $95,700, 0% financed through non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
On May 5th, the GACSB was proud to support the Georgia Parent Support Network,Inc. for this year's, Children's Mental Health Day at the Capitol. Advocates from all over the State of Georgia came to show their support for Children's Mental Health. Peers from the Georgia Parent Support Network, Inc. and Com-missioner Frank Berry from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) opened the event by expressing the importance of supporting Children's Mental Health. Dante McKay, Director of the Office of Children, Young Adults & Families with DBHDD continued the program by re-emphasizing the significance of communities in supporting Children and their mental health.
Pamela Piper and her daughter shared some very empowering statements about parenting and living with schizophrenia to close out the portion of event under the gold dome in the Capitol building. Although the microphone in the Capitol was faint, a hush fell over the crowd, as the mother and daughter provided detailed accounts about being on both sides of this disabling condition. The young girl spoke of times when she gets lost in day dreams in which she is rendered unable to connect with the outside world. Her mother explained to the crowd that communities must band together to hold providers accountable when treating these conditions to do so with more of an empathetic demeanor. As many people are unable to completely grasp the implications of serious mental illness, the duo exposed nearly 200 people in attendance to an un-familiar world, which left a resounding impression.   
Read the full article in THE EMPOWERER.
Pamela's Call to Action
Please help keep the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) study for childhood onset schizophrenia open.  This is our main source of research for mental illness and only research for childhood schizophrenia.  It's so important!  
Thanks, Pamela Piper
Georgia Parent Support Network, 1381 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310

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