Carter Center Mental Health Forum to Address Policy in Georgia and Children’s Issues

Contact: Rennie Sloan, 404-420-5129,

New Research Shows Differences in Risk for Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders Among Children in Rural and Urban Areas

ATLANTA…New research about the factors associated with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders in children aged 2-8 years will be discussed this year during the 22nd annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 12, 2017, 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. (More details below.)

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 discussions on diverse topics.

For the past six years, the Georgia Forum also has been an opportunity to update local stakeholders on the 2010 settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the State of Georgia. Georgia’s successes and failures will be addressed. Georgia has increased access to community-based mental health services across the state. However, supportive housing remains a challenge and the state has failed to provide community-based services for all persons with developmental disabilities currently living in hospitals. Following this update, the Georgia Beck Initiative will provide an overview of successful cognitive therapies being used in Georgia to assist people with recovery and integration into the community.

In addition, the forum will host a panel focused on Children in Need of Services (CHINS) courts and give an update on a pilot working with several juvenile courts in northwest Georgia.

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