From Highland Rivers Health
The Gilmer Home Again Program is staffed and ready to begin taking referrals.
As a reminder, the Home Again program is a two week, intensive out-patient program that is designed to help avert crises and keep children from having to be removed from their homes. This program can also be tailored to the family that is working to transition children back into their homes, after being in foster care, for example. For those referred, we will be designing treatment plans that will allow for children and families to be seen in school, at home, and at our facility at 1950 Old Pleasant Valley Road, Talking Rock.
Home Again provides Individual and Family Counseling, both for the youth and for the family. Family members will be assessed for substance use and mental health barriers and then provided with treatment as needed. Parents will also be assessed and provided with parenting skills classes, as needed. Families will learn where to get help with other things like food, housing, transportation, child care, utility bills, etc. Of course all problems will not be resolved in the two weeks families work with Home Again, so at the end of the two weeks, families are referred out for any ongoing services that might be needed.
Gilmer Home Again is located at 1950 Old Pleasant Valley Drive, Talking Rock, downstairs from Kids Kottage. We can be reached at 706-276-3610. Attached you will find our referral form. This form can be completed and emailed to me. I will personally be following up with all referrals within one business day of receiving it. If you are unable to email this form to me, please call the number to Home Again (above) and we will get the necessary information from you.
If you would like to schedule a presentation to your group or have questions about the Home Again program, please contact:
Melissa R. Dempsey, MSW, S/T
Highland Rivers Health
Gilmer Home Again Out Patient
Office: 706-635-2739 ext 115
Storms and natural disasters can have a profound impact on our emotional well-being, and it is natural to feel a range of emotions, from stress to anxiety or depression, after the event is over. For many, these feelings of distress are short-term and will resolve over time. However, for others, especially children and young people, these feelings could last longer and have an impact on their relationships with others, school, work, and other aspects of daily life.
Talking with someone about these feelings can often help speed the recovery process and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. The trained counselors at Disaster Distress Helpline provide 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
At times, it can be difficult to talk about mental health, especially if you are someone living with or love a person with a mental illness. We fear that accepting a diagnosis or speaking about mental illness will limit our options in life, we worry what others thing, and and we secretly fear that if we “give in,” to the belief that we have an illness, we give up.
The Be Vocal Documentary challenges us to look at mental illness differently. Through personal stories, we are asked to see and understand that opening up about mental health invites healing and creates opportunities. It encourages us to speak up about mental health so we can find freedom through the sharing of our stories.
Click here to watch the full documentary and stay to see how you can Be Vocal.
from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Division of Developmental Disabilities
NOW Waiver Public Forums: COMP Families & Providers are Welcome to Attend
The New Options Waiver Program (NOW) which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is scheduled for renewal in September 2017 via application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS). The Department of Community Health and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities seek comments from the public on how to enhance this program to meet the changing needs of families and individuals.
A series of five public forums will be held to collect comments and suggestions for the New Options Waiver Program (NOW) renewal application. We need input from families, self-advocates, providers, and the general public. COMP providers and families are welcome to attend.
Don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive difference in the direction of services for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
- Participate in a focused discussion with other advocates and record your suggestions for improvements or additions to the NOW service array
- Network with other stakeholders who share your experiences and concerns
- Contribute to community efforts that will positively impact services provided in Georgia
Speakers to include:
Catherine Ivy, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Marcey Alter, Deputy Director Medicaid Services, Department of Community Health
Brian Dowd, Director of Waiver Programs, Department of Community Health
March 1 – 1:00 to 3:00pm at University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
March 6 – 7:00 to 8:00pm (Virtual Forum)
March 8 – 1:00 to 3:00pm at Clarence Brown Conference Center, Cartersville
March 9 – 11:00am to Noon (Virtual Forum)
March 13 – 1:00 to 3:00pm at Gwinnett Tech/Busbee Center, Lawrenceville
Register by clicking the Eventbrite link below:
Venue address will listed on the registration ticket.
Details for the online virtual forums will be sent upon registration.
Since 2014, Creating Community Solutions has been hosting Text, Talk, Act, an interactive, text-guided dialogue to help bring the conversation about mental health to light. This year, they are hosting the first ever family version of Text, Talk, Act. Now through December 31, families (those we are born to and those we choose) are invited to come together and text FAMILY to 89800 to begin a conversation about how to strengthen their family’s emotional well-being through hope and help.
Click here to visit Creating Community Solutions for more information about how you can particiapte.