Georgia gets ‘D’ on handling mental health, addiction like other medical issues, report says
Georgia was graded “D’’ on ensuring access to mental health and addiction treatment equal to that for physical illnesses, according to a report released Wednesday. The announcement comes on the 10th anniversary of a federal law on benefits signed by President George W. Bush. The Mental Health Parity and... Read more
Strengthening the safety net: Grady brings mental health services into primary care
After her daughter’s death last year, Helen Dennard says, “I went over the edge.’’ It followed other deaths in her family in recent years. Dennard, an Atlanta resident, found herself angry and depressed by the time she went to her regular Grady Health System physician for a checkup. “I... Read more
Good news for teachers, state employees as insurance rates hold steady for 2019
Driven largely by rising medical costs, health insurance premiums are expected to rise next year for many U.S. workers. Not so for Georgia teachers and state employees. Their 2019 premiums, deductibles, copays and co-insurance will remain the same as this year in the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), Geogia’s... Read more
Commentary: The two-part solution to gun violence in America
While Georgia has raised its funding for mental health services, there are still treatment gaps remaining across the state. A new GHN Commentary says more funding of these services can address these mental health needs. And that funding, along with stronger gun control measures, can lower the level of... Read more
Why can’t we have both mental health services and gun control?
While some are adamant in saying that the problem of violence is not guns, it’s mentally ill people, all have failed to put their money where their mouth is on the national level.  We are pleased to say that Georgia is an exception. Dr. Derril Gay, retired head of the former state agency overseeing... Read more

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