Events: SpiritHorse Special Olympics and Veteran’s Children’s Day

Webinar: Navigating School and Work with a Serious Mental Health Condition

Announcement from Transitions RTC:

Navigating School and Work with a Serious Mental Health Condition:
It Can Be a Bumpy Ride

Thursday, September 14, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Young adults with serious mental health conditions (SMHC) face delays in participating or are prevented from participating in settings where career development and exploration activities typically occur. Little is still known about how young adults navigate these activities while also managing a SMHC.

In this webinar, you'll hear about experiences of young adults with SMHC as they learn how to navigate life, including their success and challenges with educational and employment activities. 

The young people with SMHC featured in this webinar provide retrospectives of a) their education, training, and employment experiences, b) how those activities developed over time, and c) how contextual life circumstances (e.g., family history, experiences with SMHC) and pivotal life events (e.g., hospitalization) may have influenced these activities.

Join Transitions RTC's Kathryn Sabella, Laura Golden, and Emma Pici D'Ottavio for this insightful and informative webinar! 

Resource: Support After Irma

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.

If you or someone you love is experiencing signs of distress,
call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.

Webinar: “There is no place like home” Surviving the storm

EmpowerMEnt & GA RYSE-ILP Presents:

"There is no place like home!" What to do in an emergency!

September 19th, 2017 5:30pm- 6:30pm


In light of recent events, we are modifying topics this month to go over some life skills that are needed wherever you go. We will be talking about what to do in the case of an accident or natural disaster. Brothers, Sisters & adult supporters please tune into be informed.

All webinars will be the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (unless otherwise noted).

Notice: CMO Insurance Choice Change Deadline September 30th

The deadline to choose a new CMO (Care Management Organization, such as Amerigroup, Care Source, Peach State, or Wellcare) is quickly approaching. If you want to change your CMO insurance to a new provider, you will be able to do so until September 30. After this date, you will only be able to change your provider again on your next anniversary date.

For details on how to change your provider, please see the attachment below or click here for more information.

Before changing providers, please check with your healthcare providers to be certain they accept the CMO you desire and the benefits provided by the CMO fit your needs. For benefit comparisons, click here.

Webinar: EmpowerMEnt “Sticks & Stone” Self Esteem Webinar

EmpowerMEnt & RYSE-ILP Present...

Sticks  & Stone: Self Esteem Webinar

July 18th, 2017 5:30pm- 6:30pm

Empowerment & RYSE-ILP (Resilient, Youth-Centered, Stable, and Empowered - Independent Living Program) are hosting a webinar to empower young people, especially ones who have experience with foster care, to see themselves in a positive light. In this webiniar, you will learn how to create positive thoughts so you can make sure you are not overlooking your Star Player (YOU!).


Webinar: Learning Community for Young Leaders, August 10

Calling all Youth Leaders

Direct Connect Learning Community Webinar, August 10, 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET

August’s Direct Connect National Learning Community will focus on the keys to successful youth organization development, including logic modeling, strategic planning, and capacity building. Presented by Dan Aune, be sure to register for this interactive discussion scheduled for August 10th from 3:30-5:00 pm Eastern.

Register now!

Webinar: Learning Community for Young Leaders, April 12

Calling all youth advocates!

Join the Learning Community (LC) for Young Leaders Direct Connect

Wednesday, April 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m. ET

Are you leading youth engagement efforts in a SOC / Healthy Transitions community or a Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter? Are you a youth or young adult who wants to develop professional skills while also connecting with peers who are using their lived experiences to make systems change?

Join the next national LC webinar for young leaders. Click here to register for April’s Learning Community Webinar.

Certified Peer Specialist – Youth Certification Training, April 17-21, 2017

Are you a young adult living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occuring diagnosis? Do you wish you could use your experiences to help youth who are going through difficult times get the support they need?

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, and the Office of Recovery Transformation, in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is looking for young people like you to become Certified Peer Specialist – Youth (CPS-Y) and use their lived experience to support youth through out Georgia. This five-day event is scheduled for April 17-21, 2017.

This training is intended for enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations outlined below:

  • Must be 18-26 years of age;
  • Living with a mental health (MH), substance use disorder (SUD), or co-occurring diagnosis; and a strong desire to identify themselves as a person living with a mental health condition or substance use diagnosis (current or former person receiving behavioral health services);
  • Be able to advocate for themselves;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Be able/willing to actively seek and manage their own appropriate care; and
  • Be able to share their own personal story in a safe and appropriate way.
The Application, along with documentation, must be submitted by Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Click here to learn more and start your application today.

Applicants will be interviewed April 10 – April 11


Notice: Open Enrollment for Georgia Families, March 2017

Beginning March 1, 2017, all members enrolled in Georgia Families (Amerigroup, Peach State Health, Wellcare) or Planning for Healthy Babies are required to partcipate in the new Open Enrollment Process to select a CMO (Care Management Organization) to take effect July 1, 2017.

Selections must be made by March 31, 2017.

Even if you plan to keep your current CMO, you will need to submit a CMO selection.


Please click the links below for more details:

CMO Open Enrollment Announcement
CMO Open Enrollment Instructions
Georgia Families Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions
Mandatory Insurance Re-Enrollment
Reinscription de Seguros Obligatorios