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Celebrating Recovery through Work Elliott and Dianne Steele believed there should be a place where individuals with mental illness were treated as people and not like patients, so they created Vincent House.
Exploring The World of Human Emotions
Understanding What HIPAA Means for Mental Illness
My Journey With Bipolar
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In middle of a crisis?  Call Georgia’s Crisis and Access line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225

RX assistance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1-888-477-2669  M-F  9 am-5 pm ET

PUBLIX Free Antibiotics*Get up to a 14-day supply of the following generic oral antibiotics free:

•Amoxicillin, •Ampicillin •Cephalexin (capsules and suspension only) •Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP)

•Ciprofloxacin (excluding Ciprofloxacin XR) •Penicillin VK •Doxycycline Hyclate (capsules only)

PUBLIX NEW at your Publix Pharmacy: FREE Lisinopril! -An ACE inhibitor, lisinopril is used to prevent, treat, or improve symptoms of high blood pressure, certain heart conditions, diabetes, and certain chronic kidney conditions. Get a 30-day supply of this vital prescription FREE* only at your Publix Pharmacy. * Maximum of 30 days supply (up to 60 tablets). Lisinopril-HCTZ combination products excluded. 

 PUBLIX FREE Metformin -As part of our Publix Pharmacy Diabetes Management System, you can get up to a 30-day supply (90 tablets) of generic immediate-release metformin (500mg, 850 mg, and 1000 mg) FREE.

MUST Ministries: 770-427-9862 Prescription Assistance, Also shelter.

CAMP (Christian Aid Mission Partnership):  770-819-0662 Rent, utilities, prescriptions, food, and clothing for Austell, Clarkdale, Mableton, and Powder Springs residents

THE VET CENTER   40 Dobbs St, Marietta, GA 30060  404-327-4954   there are 5 locations in state of GA you do not have to be in VA system only have military service or be family of military . Call for details.


  • Community Mental Health Services, Intake Access Center, 770-414-3052
  • Mental Health Dev. Disabilities,  Substance Abuse 24/7,  770-422-0202
  • Georgia Crisis & Access Line Available 24/7,  1-800-715-4225
  • NAMI Peer to Peer,  Sharon McDaniel Specialist, 770-445-0024,
  • Center for Family Resources, 770-428-2601
  • NAMI South Cobb - Austell GA - Mildred Cunard 770-948-1742 or Kathleen Breen 770-222-0907
  • VA Regional Office 1700 Clairmont Rd, Decatur GA 30033   800-827-1000  You must apply to be in VA System and for benefits.


Dual Diagnosis - some additional links

NAMI NVC- I am checking if there are Georgia NAMI members interested in mental health issues for Veterans and their families.  To learn more about NVC please go to, then Veterans.  Our next NVC membership call is on 1/17/08 at 4 p.m. EASTERN TIME.  The number is 888-858-6021, Pin # 543330.  The next call is on 2/21/08 at the same time and telephone number.  Bruce Graunke  NAMI NVC Secretary

VSA Arts of GA - Contact: Doris Gropp 770-924-2190    

ARTICLES - Movies, etc.

NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick will be on CBS-TV's Face The Nation on Sunday, February 24 at 10:30 AM.  The segment will focus on a diverse discussion on what we should do in the wake of Newtown, including mental health services, detecting early warning signs, legislation, the impact of violence in the media, and more.  Please check local listings and tune in.

There is a 5 Film Series on Mental Illness called "Call Me Crazy" that will be shown on Lifetime starting on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8pm. NAMI is a sponsor for the series. It looks like it should be good and very informative. Let's hope it helps to reduce stigma also. You may read more about it at or .

We should support creation of Cobb Mental Health Court, by Anne E. Rood, Columnist  April 03, 2013   | 1259 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

In the wake of the “civil liberties” movement, we shut down many state mental hospitals, leaving people with mental illness to care for themselves through “community-based” services with offerings like day programs and affordable medicine opportunities.

Unfortunately, inadequate funding from the start and severe budget cuts over the years have left our country with few of the promised “community-based” services. The lack of our success in moving to this “community-based” mental health model has been called the “greatest social disaster of the 20th century” by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey. We cannot cut these services as a way to save money and ignore the obvious desperate need for these services.

Because of the lack of access to services, frequently, the person with mental illness is left with three options: retreat to a loved one’s basement, live on the streets or, by misfortune, end up in jail.

More and more often the default destination is becoming jail. The number of people with mental illness in jails and prisons has quadrupled in Georgia since 1991. We have now returned to the conditions in the 1840s by putting our mentally ill into jails and prisons.

We are failing by not offering enough affordable case management services. You must be an advocate for a person with mental illness because it is hard for this person to seek help on their own. You have to overcome the barriers of getting them to a hospital or a psychiatrist.

The good news is this — people with mental illness can recover partially or fully with today’s medication and proper care management.

In Cobb County jails, we spend $78 a day per incarcerated person diagnosed with a mental illness and 46 percent of jail inmates have a diagnosed mental illness. If we redirect the incarcerated diagnosed with mental illness and charged with petty crimes and properly oversee their rehabilitation, we would save around $28 million a year from the Cobb County jail budget!

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley has seen the “revolving door” situation in the community for years that produces “frequent fliers” and has long wanted to stop it. She is an advocate for the creation of a new “mental health court.” It is a step in the right direction to providing some case management through a judge.

The court will cost little and use existing services, but for the long-term success of the program, the proper “community-based” services need to be available that have been promised for years. These services have been a victim of irresponsible budget cuts.

We propose that the county act responsibly and take some of the dollars saved with getting people with mental illness out of jails, and put it into county “community-based” services like the Cobb/Douglas Community Service Board.

We have been given the opportunity as a county through State House Bill 1176, to receive grant money from the state to run a mental health accountability court in Cobb County. We already have been offered “start-up” funds from the state, but we lose some of this money every day by delaying our decision to accept funds.

Sometimes when a person has a mind compromised by mental illness, they do things they wouldn’t normally do. It’s hard to describe what goes on in the head of a person with mental illness, but you can liken it to the state your mind gets in when you lose a loved one.

People with mental illness should have a second chance at recovery, particularly since we haven’t been responsible about providing the necessary affordable services to recover — and there is a lot of hope they will recover with today’s medicines and proper care management.

A new mental health court begins to address the proper rehabilitation of people with severe mental illness in jail with petty crimes, in probation courts and in the community by offering case management in phases over two years.

It is inexpensive, saves money and creates a taxpayer and county benefit.

Contact your commissioners and express your support for the creation of the Cobb County Mental Health Court. The proposition will be considered again by the commissioners on April 9.

Anne E. Rood is a community volunteer, writer and professional grant writer.


Community Services Board taking part in schizophrenia study
by Marcus E. Howard 

The Marietta Daily Journal
 SMYRNA - The Cobb Community Services Board is one of 10 mental health centers from around the country recently selected to participate in a pilot program to improve the daily lives of people with schizophrenia.

The eight-month program called "Advancing Standards of Care for People with Schizophrenia," is aimed at helping those with schizophrenia feel more independent in carrying out their daily activities such as maintaining a job, visiting a library or having a meal with a friend.
The new approach will rely on consistent use of the "Daily Living Activities" tool, an interactive assessment that the mental health professional and patient will complete together to track how he or she is functioning, according to the CSB.
Meaning "things more like how to manage their illness, if they're taking their medications as it's prescribed," said Cheryl Holt, CSB director of integrated health care.
"Sometimes it's things like learning how to set up a routine because a lot of folks with mental illness, especially schizophrenia, being organized is a big issue for them. "
According to mental health experts, the improvement in day-to-day functioning is a critical first step toward more complete self directed disease management.
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is responsible for the pilot program. It is providing $3,000 to the CSB for basic expenses, as well as free staff training, according to the CSB.
"When it comes to helping people with schizophrenia, low expectations and limited resources have resulted in our treating the disease and not the person," Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council, said in a statement.
"The Advancing Standards of Care program brings a real opportunity to strengthen and enhance the care we can provide to people with schizophrenia. With tools that focus on how a person is functioning, we can make meaningful improvements in the lives of people with schizophrenia and their caregivers."
About 50 patients, mostly from Cobb, will participate in the pilot program, said Holt. Some will be current CSB patients, however, anyone diagnosed with schizophrenia can apply to participate by calling the Cobb CSB Access Center on County Services Parkway in Marietta at (770) 422-0202.  "I hope that we will be able to further enhance our services and be able to have better outcomes," said Holt. "Ultimately, the more that our clients are able to become higher functioning, they're able to take care of themselves."
In addition to Cobb, other pilot sites in the program include: AltaPointe Health Systems Inc. in Mobile, Ala.; AtlantiCare Behavioral Health in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; Family Guidance Center for Behavioral Healthcare in Saint Joseph, Mo.; Gallahue Mental Health Services in Indianapolis; Hill Country Community MHMR Center, Kerrville, Texas; Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois in Springfield; Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ohio; Seminole Behavioral Healthcare in Fern Park, Fla.; and Spokane Mental Health in Spokane, Wash.
The CSB is a public agency that provides mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services to more than 13,000 residents annually. Of those, about 15 percent suffer from schizophrenia.
The agency, which also serves Douglas and Cherokee counties, is funded by the state, county, grants, donations, Medicaid and Medicare.
Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Community Services Board taking part in schizophrenia study at


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