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
Rome’s former mental hospital may become a ‘Hope Village’
The 140-plus acres of Rome’s mental hospital have stayed empty and forlorn-looking since the facility closed eight years ago. The shuttering of Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital came as the state was just beginning to execute its settlement agreement with the Justice Department over hospital conditions and the lack of... 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
Senate panel OKs behavioral health commission
A Senate committee voted Wednesday in favor of a bill to create a state commission to analyze Georgia’s behavioral health services and recommend improvements. The commission would be authorized to take ‘’a very deep dive’’ into the state’s mental health system, said Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), lead sponsor of... Read more
Legislative effort to overhaul CON system stalled in Senate
The proposed reform of the state’s certificate-of-need (CON) system faces an uncertain fate, just days before a legislative deadline. Lawmakers are considering the broadest revamp of the controversial regulatory program in years, and several hearings have been held on the issue. But Crossover Day is scheduled for March 7.... Read more

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