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
Commentary: House farm bill wrong on food stamp program
The farm bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives proposes changes to the food stamp program that alarm groups representing people with disabilities. “Food insecurity’’ – the lack of reliable access to nutritious food – disproportionately affects people living with disabilities, according to a new GHN Commentary. “Households... Read more
We’re standing up for SNAP in fighting food insecurity
People living with disabilities in Georgia face many obstacles, including higher-than-average unemployment rates, lower-than-average incomes and costly medical expenses. It is little wonder that food insecurity disproportionately affects such people. Food insecurity refers to a lack of reliable, consistent access to nutritious food. In many cases, that means people... Read more
Health facts about Georgia that may surprise you
Some health stories from Georgia are not particularly big or particularly new. But that doesn’t mean they’re not interesting. Here are a few things we think are worth noting, with illustrations to help you remember them. The founder with a big heart: James Oglethorpe’s concern for public health was one... Read more

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