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
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
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
Helping youths (and their families) cope with mental illness
The sudden onset of psychosis hits  the patient’s family like a bomb. And when counselor Will Warren meets with parents facing the worst moment of their lives, he emphasizes two things:  (1) This is not easy. (2) You’re not alone. A psychotic episode is a sudden, terrifying break with... Read more

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