Advocacy Alert: January 23, state departments presented the detailed impact of the required budget cuts. Jails, prisons, law enforcement, homeless shelters, landlords, emergency room departments, and more will feel the impact of cutting funding that supports individuals with behavioral health challenges. For a full recap of the budget meeting listen here. If you are just interested in hearing from Commissioner Fitzgerald you can find that presentation beginning at 2:41 on the stream. Contact your legislator to hear their thoughts on the tough decisions that are being made and voice your concern. To find your legislator, enter your address here.
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.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Evidence shows that the program builds mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond.
Mental Health First Aid is for anyone who serves or meets the public, teachers, church employees, first responders, social service agencies... for everyone.
Email Mary Wilson, C.H.I.P. MHFA instructor to find out more email@example.com
#QuietingTheSilence: An Interfaith Mental Health Conversation. People of all faiths struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues. Join The Blue Dove Foundation for an interfaith conversation from different religious perspectives in an authentic Sukkah. Gathering in the Sukkah celebrates the Jewish holiday of Sukkot which commemorates the temporary dwellings God made to shelter ancestors on their way out of Egypt. Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. R.s.v.p. to http://thebluedovefoundation.org/interfaithevent. There is no charge for admission. Location will be shared upon R.s.v.p. Suitable for ages 18+
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.