Reviewer says Georgia not living up to mental health, disabilities pact
Georgia is still failing to meet key parts of its agreement with the U.S. Justice Department on caring for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities, according to an independent reviewer’s report released this week. The reviewer, Elizabeth Jones, cited “preventable deaths occurring in the state system, often the... Read more
7 charged in alleged ‘egregious’ abuse of disabled residents in DeKalb County
Seven individuals have been indicted in an alleged abuse scheme victimizing disabled adults in DeKalb County, state Attorney General Chris Carr announced Wednesday. Three of those indicted operated homes for people with mental and physical disabilities, the attorney general said in a press release. The three – Eric West,... Read more
A caring, courageous woman who cleared the path for others with disabilities
Editorial note: This is a reporter’s tribute to a Georgian beloved by people from all walks of life and all shades of opinion.  As a lobbyist, Dawn Alford was smart, tenacious and effective. As a person, she was unfailingly pleasant, greeting people with a big smile. And as a woman... Read more
State asking feds to end oversight of mental health services
Early this year, in the waning days of his tenure as Georgia governor, Nathan Deal wrote the U.S. Department of Justice a four-page letter, asking for an end to federal oversight of the state’s mental health and developmental disabilities system. The oversight role stems from a 2010 settlement agreement... Read more
Ballot measure would help housing for people with mental illness
At the end of the Georgia ballot this year is a referendum that, if approved, would help nonprofits provide permanent housing to homeless people with mental illness. Referendum B would allow a property tax exemption for nonprofit housing of these individuals in residences that get tax credit financing from for-profit... Read more

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