Deal speech targets health services for the vulnerable
Gov. Nathan Deal, in his annual State of the State address Wednesday, outlined several health care initiatives to boost mental health services, DFCS, Medicaid and autism coverage. Deal said his fiscal 2018 budget proposal includes, on average, a 19 percent pay raise for DFCS caseworkers to help ensure “a... Read more
State still faces shortage of caseworkers for foster kids
As the number of foster children in Georgia soars, a state agency continues to struggle with a high turnover rate among the caseworkers who help these kids. Georgia DFCS assigns each foster child a caseworker, and the agency says the annual turnover rate for these workers is about 37... Read more
Advice for the politically frazzled during this turbulent election
Feeling election-related anxiety? That’s not unusual. The American Psychological Association says that more than half of American adults are coping with high levels of stress brought on by the presidential election. And it’s bipartisan stress.  Of 3,500 adults surveyed in August, the APA found 55 percent of Democrats and 59 percent... Read more
Behavioral Health chief picked to run Georgia’s Medicaid agency
Frank Berry, head of the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, will replace Clyde Reese as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health. Gov. Nathan Deal, who made the Berry announcement Wednesday, also nominated Judy Fitzgerald, DBHDD’s current chief of staff, as its new commissioner. Pending... Read more
Mental health center expanding to serve more young adults
Ziggy K. came to Skyland Trail, a residential mental health center, with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and drug addiction last year. He abruptly left the Atlanta facility in the middle of his treatment. But after a couple of weeks, he returned. “I came back pretty defeated,’’ Ziggy, now... Read more

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