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March 8, 2019


NAMI Georgia seeks to recognize the individuals, affiliates, volunteers, partners, legislators, and organizations who have worked tirelessly to support NAMI Georgia’s mission of promoting recovery and optimizing the quality of life for Georgians with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy, and research.

The recipients of these awards will be recognized and honored at the 2019 Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Individuals will also be recognized on the NAMI Georgia website Read More

    NAMI Georgia is seeking qualified entities to submit proposals to conduct instructor led mental health awareness training in schools throughout the state of Georgia.



    NAMI Georgia will provide oversight, including scheduling and subcontracting, for state funded mental health training in the 2,200 Georgia schools through the 16 Georgia RESAs (Regional Education Service Agencies). NAMI Georgia will secure predetermined mental health training through a series of subcontracts with existing entities. NAMI Georgia is seeking qualified Read More

    NAMI Georgia is excited to announce we are hosting our 2019 Leadership & Recovery Symposium on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Macon, Georgia at River Edge Behavioral Health. Join us for a day of learning and networking. The Annual Meeting for NAMI Georgia members will convene after the symposium, at 3:45pm.

    Symposium Programming Tracks Recovery Affiliate/Program Leadership Site visit to NAMI Central Georgia

    Register online for the Leadership & Recovery Symposium!*

    *Registration is not required if you are attending only the Read More

    March 14, 2019 Andy Miller Georgia Health News

    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 House Bill 514. He said Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, have all worked on Read More

    Apr 2, 2019 By Andy Miller Georgia Health News

    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 between the state and the Justice Department. In that landmark pact, Georgia agreed to improve conditions in its psychiatric hospitals and provide Read More

    Apr. 01, 2019 By Laurie Katz

    I’ve now been in therapy for four years. I talk about four years a lot. It’s an important number in my life. After I was raped in 2011, I suffered in silence for just under four years. It happened at college in Chicago by a fellow student on the third weekend of my freshman year. I tried to get justice, but Read More

    4/2/19 NAMI

    Arlington, VA — NAMI and 16 national organizations representing millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions filed an amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief on April 1 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case Texas v. United States. This is the appeal of a District Court’s ruling to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the appeals court upholds the decision, the invalidation of the ACA would touch Read More

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    TIME TRACK SPEAKER(S) TITLE 8:30AM – 9:00AM REGISTRATION  & BREAKFAST *Tours to NAMI Central Georgia will run starting at 9:30AM* 9:00AM – 9:30AM Kim Jones, Shannon Terrell Gordon (River Edge) Welcome 9:30AM- 10:45AM Leadership Susan Gaffney (NAMI) NAMI: Local, State, National featuring Susan Gaffney, NAMI Director of Governance & Membership 9:30AM- 10:45AM Program Various Program Marketing: Increase participation in local support groups & classes 9:30AM- 10:45AM Recovery Bill Carruthers Recovery Council Welcome & Awards 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM ALL BREAK 11:00AM-11:45 PM Leadership/Recovery/ Program (Together) Kim Jones, Bill Carruthers, Faye Taylor, Jean Olshefsky, CPS Recovery Panel: What does a NAMI recovery-focused community look like? 11:45PM-1:00PM ALL NAMI GEORGIA Read More

    If your organization or agency is interested in hosting a NAMI Basics or NAMI Homefront class, let us know! Please email to get started!

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    Our February CIT-Youth Train the Trainer was held in the Health and Human Services Building in Columbus, GA, and included 25 participants from a variety of agencies/organizations (list below). Our attendees included a mix of mental health professionals, NAMI representatives, nonprofit leaders, and law enforcement officers. Trainers for Days 1 and 2 were Dr. Jeanine Von Stultz and Jeff Santelli, and Dr. Kristen Zychinski led Day 3 of training. Plans are underway for our new trainers to deliver a CIT-Youth Read More

    NAMI Georgia warmly welcomes our two new staff members:

    Elizabeth Fullerton, Associate Director of Policy and Awareness A native of Albany, Georgia, our new Associate Director of Policy and Awareness Elizabeth Fullerton, MPH, comes to NAMI Georgia with almost two decades of experience in public health, governmental affairs, communications and community development.  An experienced team leader, she previously worked as a legislative analyst on healthcare and education initiatives with Nelson Mullins, LLP, promoted communications, advocacy and education with both the Georgia Center Read More

    NAMI Central Georgia By Paula Karsti, Executive Director

    NAMI Central Georgia, located in Warner Robins, is the only NAMI affiliate in Georgia that owns and operates a residential group home, dedicated to serving individuals and families affected by mental illness.  NAMI Central Georgia has been serving the community for over 32 years and continues to make unique s

    trides in mental health. Our residential home houses 12 individuals and our apartment complex houses 3 high functioning individuals with mental health conditions. Our mental health technicians Read More

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