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Annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum

24th Annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum

Friday, May 10, 2019
The Carter Center
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Conversation: Update on the U.S. Department of Justice Settlement with Georgia

  • Cynthia Wainscott, Behavioral Health Advocate
  • Susan Goico, J.D., Staff Attorney, Disability Integration Project, Atlanta Legal Aid Society
  • Judy Fitzgerald, M.S.W., Commissioner, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Panel I: School-Based Behavioral Health

Moderated by Kari Cobham, Senior Associate Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program

Panelists:

  • Garry McGiboney, Ph.D., Associate Superintendent of Policy, External Affairs and Charter Schools, Georgia Department of Education
  • Talley Wells, J.D., M.Ed., Executive Director, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
  • Nicole Patten, L.C.S.W., Youth and Young Adult Services Coordinator, Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Panel II: Families First Legislation

Discussion:

  • Michael Dailey, Senior Director, Systems Improvement, Casey Family Programs
  • Tom Rawlings, J.D., M.A., Director, Division of Family and Children’s Services, Georgia Department of Human Services
  • Melissa Carter, J.D., Executive Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory

Panel III: Capacity Building for Providing Behavioral Health Services for Older Adults

Moderated by Eve Byrd, D.N.P., M.P.H., Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program

Panelists:

  • Wendy Eugene, Certified Peer Specialist
  • Robyn Crittenden, J.D., Commissioner, Georgia Department of Human Services
  • Brian Bruggeman, M.A., CTRS, CIRS-A/D, Program Manager, Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging
  • Cindy Levi, M.B.A., CEO, Avita Community Partners

Panel IV: Parity

Moderated by Stan Jones, J.D., Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley

Panelists:

  • Ben Miller, Psy.D., Chief, Strategy Officer, Wellbeing Trust
  • Megan Douglas, J.D., Assistant Professor, Community Health and Preventative Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Laura Colbert, M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S., Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future
  • Chris Johnson, Director of Communications, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network

Background
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.

The 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.

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