Dr. John Bartlett, The Carter Center Mental Health Project
Cassandra Collins, Recovery Consultants
Ethel Ware Carter, Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Alan Harris, Advocate for Homeless People with a Mental Illness
Mike Macomber, Southeast Institute on Chemical Dependency
Dr. Ifeyato Ojelade, A Healing Paradigm
Mary Wilson, Community Development Specialist
Purpose To build and nurture a coalition in which public, private and non-profit agencies, and faith communities work collaboratively to assure that every person, family, and community in Georgia have meaningful access to the full range of information and services related to mental and addictive illness. These include awareness building, prevention activities, intervention, treatment, and recovery services. We work so that all people with mental and addictive illnesses may experience the highest possible level of recovery, resiliency, and integration into their families, their communities, and the economy. We work to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with mental and addictive illness.
#BeTheDifference for Veterans in November
November 11 is Veterans Day, so we’re focusing on veteran and military mental health for the entire month of November. Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health problem requiring treatment, yet only half of those people in need receive any treatment at all. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans is making a difference for veterans, military members and their families across the country. Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference for veterans in November.
Church of the Holy Comforter is a faith community whose members are largely neighbors with diagnosed mental illnesses. They participate in daily family style meals, organic gardening, and an art program.
Would you like to know more?
Would you, your congregation, or organization like to join C.H.I.P.?
Consider our purpose then contact one of the people listed below.
Cassandra Collins, Recovery Consultants, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Wilson email@example.com
Ethel Ware Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
Or send inquiry to C.H.I.P., P.O. Box 55369, Atlanta, GA 30308
Statement of Need
The system of care provided by the state of Georgia for those with a mental or addictive illness is currently in a state of crisis. National health-care legislation and a settlement between the Justice Department and the state of Georgia represent the potential for improvement; it is by no means guaranteed. Budget cuts threaten to undermine progress-to-date. In the midst of uncertainty, C.H.I.P. will be a viable, sustainable community resource – a solution-oriented partnership intent on meeting the recovery needs of all individuals and families in our communities. The group’s objective is create a vocal, proactive network that will improve services, support effective prevention, promote recovery, and passionately advocate for those in our community with mental or addictive illnesses.