“Supported employment’’ represents a valuable opportunity for someone with a disability. It matches an individual with a job, and provides follow-up support and job coaching to help the worker thrive. The Georgia Legislature, in its final days this year, is considering funding for supported employment services for young people... Read more
The sponsor of a medical marijuana bill said Monday after a three-hour legislative hearing that the proposal must get significant revisions before it can move forward in the Georgia General Assembly. State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) said he was unsure of the specific changes needed to House Bill 885... Read more
The 26 community boards that offer services to Georgians with behavioral health problems and developmental disabilities would face new oversight under a state Senate bill introduced this week. The legislation follows recent trouble connected with one such community service board in Coastal Georgia. A September state report on Gateway Behavioral... Read more
A state health agency board gave initial approval Thursday to offering care coordination services to 450,000 Medicaid beneficiaries who have disabilities or are elderly. The proposal for the “aged, blind and disabled’’ population comes as part of the state’s move to improve care and reduce spending. This beneficiary category... Read more
A report on a troubled health services organization in Coastal Georgia says its operation has been riddled with financial irregularities and management problems. Gateway Behavioral Health Services, which has an annual budget of more than $30 million, has a deficit of close to $4 million. It also had $1.4... Read more

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