Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum
Nineteenth Annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum
Topic: Addressing Pressing Georgia Issues: An Update on the Settlement Agreement Between the U.S. Department of Justice and the State of Georgia, and Mental Health Work Force Issues
When: Friday, May 16, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Program (lunch provided)
Where: The Carter Center (Directions to The Carter Center)
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New research about the critical shortage of mental health care workers in Georgia and on the needs of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, will be released during the 19th annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 16, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Carter Center in Atlanta. This event is open to the public, but registration is required.
The Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum, established in 1995, is held each May to address a timely mental health policy issue facing the state. Service providers, policymakers, advocates, and consumers from across Georgia are invited to participate in open discussions on diverse topics.
For the past four years, the Georgia Forum also has been an opportunity to update local stakeholders on progress toward building a quality and sustainable behavioral health system in the state as required by a settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the State of Georgia in 2010.
A critical component of implementing the settlement in Georgia is addressing the serious shortage of mental health care providers available to treat consumers who are moving out of hospital systems and remain in need of community-based behavioral health care. Research done by the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health shows that there currently are slightly more than 1,000 psychiatrists in the state, which translates to 10.9 psychiatrists per 100,000 people. Almost half of Georgia's 159 counties do not have a psychiatrist.
In addition, the forum will take a close look at whether best practices for the diagnosis and treatment of young children with ADHD are available and being used in Georgia. This is important because the parent-reported prevalence of ADHD in Georgia is 9.3 percent, higher than the national estimate.