DBHDD: On The Move – Mar 2018

Hall County Chamber of Commerce held their first annual “Healthy Hall Awards of Excellence”. This was to honor achievements in healthcare throughout Hall County. In total, there were over 150 nominees throughout the categories. In the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Behavioral Healthcare” – Cindy Levi was the award recipient!! Learn more: https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/healthy-hall-awards-given-14-professionals-providers/

Regions 4 & 5 along with Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia and Unison Behavioral Health facilitated the Aging and Behavioral Health Forum – Strengthening the System of Care for Older Adults in Valdosta on Friday, March 2nd. The forum was presented by the Georgia Coalition on Older Adults and Behavioral Health in partnership with The Carter Center Mental Health Program/Emory University’s Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression. Other presenters included the Mobile Crisis Teams (Benchmark Human Services and Behavioral Health Link) as well as Adult Protective Services, The Public Guardianship Office and the Aging and Disability Resource Connection.

DBHDD: On The Move – Feb 2018

L to R, Doug Reineke, Representative Gonzalez (Athens), Commissioner Fitzgerald, and David Sofferin at the Capitol for Addiction Recovery Awareness Day.
Pheonix Health Center: CSU Open House
front row – Larry Thompson (Houston Cty Commissioner), Dr. Mark Scott, Houston County Superintendent, Beth Ragan, Tommy Stalnaker , Chairman Houston County Commissioner, Gail Robinson, Houston County Commissioner, Judge Katie Lumsden, Superior Court, Jennifer Trawick, CSU Administrator, Judy Fitzgerald, Sue Davis, CFO, Cynthia Mathis, HR Director, and Rogea Gaymon, Outpatient Clinical Director.
Back row – Stephen Thublin, Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Business Operation of Houston County Schools, Katie Barrs, MH Accountability Court Coord, Dr. Ricky Rogers, Houston County Assistant Superintendent, Charles Briscoe, Houston Health Care COO/Acting CEO, Chrystal Wasden, Specialty Services Clinical Director, Angela Holt, COO, DBHDD, Amy Howard, DBHDD and Mike Ragsdale, IDD Director.
Pheonix Health Center: CSU Open House
Chairman Tommy Stalnaker, Houston County Commissioner
Gail Robinson, Houston County Commissioner
Larry Thomson, Houston County Commissioner
Pheonix Health Center: CSU Open House
Rogea Gaymon, Phoenix Center Outpatient Clinical Director
Casey Burke, Mental Health Accountability Court Case Manager
Chrystal Wasden, Phoenix Center Specialty Clinical Director
Judge Katie Lumsden, Superior Court Judge
Katie Barrs, Mental Health Accountability Court Coordinator
First Lady Deal recognizes Sue Smith
In 2011, First Lady Sandra Deal chose her platform to be “With a Servant’s Heart.” Volunteerism, community involvement and utilizing talents for the betterment of the community is its foundation. As chair of the Georgia Children’s Cabinet, First Lady Deal would like to recognize Sue Smith who embodies “With a Servant’s Heart;” as an outstanding individual who dedicates time and resources to helping children and families. Pictured from left to right are, First Lady Sandra Deal, Sue Smith, & Commissioner Fitzgerald.
Region 4 DD Team wishes Michael Bee, Retiring DD Regional Services Administrator, a happy retirement at a recent team meeting in Thomasville.
Cheree Jackson and Marilyn Bryant of the Region 4 IDD Field Office proudly display the refreshed logo.

GHRA offers community-like services within hospital

Bright white chairs and tables fill a café-like setting to the right of the large welcoming lobby and receptionist desk. Down the hall, classrooms are filled with people taking a variety of courses, from music therapy to computer basics to relaxation skills. A large art installation featuring the composer Ludwig van Beethoven and the mathematician John Forbes Nash greets everyone who enters the new treatment mall at Georgia Regional Hospital – Atlanta (GRHA).

“Patience, they say, is what I must now choose for my guide, and I have done so,” Beethoven wrote in a 1802 letter to his brothers as he suffered from bipolar disorder. This quote, along with many others, are displayed in the lobby and serve as inspiration for the adult mental health patients who participate in therapeutic programming.

Opened in February 2015, the modern facility “embraces recovery with dignity and empowers those we serve,” said Andy Nguyen, treatment mall director.

With a full schedule of classes, break times for socialization and snacks, and lunch at the campus cafeteria, patients learn necessary life skills for independent living when they transition back to their communities. There are nurses, psychologists, activity therapists, social workers and dieticians, among other professionals, on site to help with their recovery.

This new model of hospitalization, where community-like settings are highlighted and emphasized, stands in stark contrast to the old type of institutionalization and isolation of mental health hospitals in the past.

Dr. Charles Li, GRHA’s hospital administrator, said that the new treatment mall teaches people how to live independently, such as cooking and managing their money.  “You will see a lot of thought put into it – what it means to have active treatment and skilled training.  We have a computer lab … so they can get a GED education. When people go back into the community, they have some skills to live, to work, to support themselves,” Dr. Li added.

To aid in their recovery, the staff at the treatment mall use three different types of programming. Treatment through individual and group therapy and classes teaches people how to deal with their illness such as anger management and medication management. The educational classes provide life skills and also knowledge about their illnesses. The recreational classes, including art and music therapy, enrich their lives.

In addition to the new treatment mall, more improvements to the GRHA campus are underway. Renovations to an existing building will house DBHDD’s Region 3 office on the hospital campus. There will also be a new multimedia training facility and a recreation center.

See more photos of the GRHA Treatment Mall.