Saddleback therapy: Horses help with healing on Ga. farm
To those driving out of Watkinsville along State Route 53, farms and horses are a common sight. But hidden behind a wooden privacy fence adorned with painted butterflies is a nine-acre farm that is home to eight uncommon horses. The horses at Butterfly Dreams Farm, a nonprofit therapeutic horseback-riding... Read more
Report scolds Georgia on housing for people with mental illness
  Georgia is not meeting its court-supervised obligations for creating housing for people with serious mental illness, according to a recently released report. State-run psychiatric hospitals, in fact, have discharged dozens of patients to homeless shelters, and many of them wind up being re-hospitalized, the report from an independent... Read more
At Easter Seals, ‘every single life has potential’
This is the eighth in a series of articles about health care in Southwest Georgia, an area of the state that has great health needs and challenges, but also some innovative approaches to such problems. The series is the product of a collaboration between Georgia Health News and the... Read more
Georgia, feds reach deal on fixing 2010 agreement
State and federal officials have reached agreement on how Georgia can improve and expand services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, building on the terms of a landmark 2010 pact. The agreement, filed Wednesday in federal court, addresses compliance problems that the Department of Justice and an independent... Read more
Legislation to empower Georgians with disabilities gains steam
Pauline Shaw has her share of worries, but she also has hope. The worries are about her daughter Dakota’s future. Shaw, who lives in Rincon in east Georgia, says Dakota suffered a stroke while still in her womb. The child, now 12, has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism, and is... Read more

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