Feds cite deaths of developmentally disabled in push for improvements
Georgia has failed to ensure that developmentally disabled people discharged from state hospitals receive adequate services to remain safe and avoid harm, federal attorneys say in a recent court filing. The attorneys said that of the approximately 503 people with developmental disabilities discharged from state-run hospitals since 2010, 79... Read more
Community paramedicine: Unclogging ERs by helping people at home
Three years ago, Grady Health System in Atlanta was getting thousands of 911 calls from people with mental health problems. Some were calling up to 30 times a month for emergency help. A large majority of these people were transported by ambulance to the Grady Memorial Hospital ER, said... Read more
Judge slams state over slow pace on talks with Justice Department
Georgia and the U.S. Department of Justice remain at an impasse over improvements to the state’s services for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities, despite a federal judge’s push for quicker action to resolve their differences. Wednesday was the day set by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Pannell... Read more
Refugees in Clarkston get help for health challenges
Editor’s note: The main photo is courtesy of Michael Uhr, courtesy of the David J. Sencer CDC Museum   Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry says that while his city is ready for more newcomers, there’s no official word on who’s coming and who’s not — including refugees from Syria and many other... Read more
Georgia Health Foundation announces new grants
Childhood obesity, dental and medical services, mental health care, and HIV prevention are among the issues addressed by a new round of grants from the Georgia Health Foundation. The foundation was created in 1985 through the conversion of a nonprofit HMO into an independent organization. The Georgia Health Foundation,... Read more

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