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Celebrating Recovery through Work Elliott and Dianne Steele believed that there had to be a place where individuals with mental illness were celebrated as people and not treated like patients, so they created Vincent House.
Understanding What HIPAA Means for Mental Illness
My Journey With Bipolar
Help for Veterans Involved in the Justice System
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IF you should be in crisis - please call Georgia’s Crisis and Access line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225

NAMI COBB has monthly meetings on the third Thursday  of each month at St. James Episcopal Church, 161 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060.

Registration is from 7:00 to 7:30 pm. Business and Speaker Program is from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Fellowship is from 8:30 to 9 pm.

Our programs are educational and supportive. They provide insight and share informaiton of getting the assistance we need to help our loved ones as well as ourselves.

From Interstate 75 go to Exit 267 B toward Marietta Hwy 5 turns into Church St. as entering Marietta... St. James Episcopal Church is 2nd church on right pass North Marietta Loop. OR for directions, call church at 770-428-5841 Pledge to get involved, give back, someone will benefit from your efforts.

Our June 20th Speaker: Michele Price, MSW Family Therapist/Addiction Specialist, Under the Supervision of Marzena Holly, MS, LPC

Michele received her Master's degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration from the University of Georgia. Her experience has been in non-profit settings working with individuals, couples, and families who have been affected by mental illness. Michele combines psychotherapy and family systems approach to help families create healthy boundaries, improve communication, and build strong, meaningful relationships. Through family workshops, family therapy, and support groups Michele helps families understand and live with severe mental illness

Parents MeetingParent Support Meetings

Georgia Parent Support Network generally holds Parent Support Meetings twice a month; however in April there will only be one.  These meetings are located at 1395 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA  30310.  A map is here.

Date and topic for April is: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon

  • Social Security -- SSI & SSDI.  What's the difference?  

Please RSVP to Melissa Alford at (404) 758-4500 ext. 109 or


We look forward to seeing you there!   Info is from NAMI SOUTH COBB

The next Family to Family class offered in Cobb County is the following:
NAMI Family-to-Family
Tuesdays, Jan 15-March 26, 2013 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church Marietta
189 Church Street Marietta, GA 30064
For information or to register contact: David McDaniel at or Neill Blake at          You can also check with the NAMI Georgia site to see other locations.

Family Share & Care Support Group:

2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Hillside United Methodist Church - Rooms 2204 & 2205
4474 Towne Lake Pkwy, Woodstock, GA  30189

The contact person is Susie Allen, 770-565-4335

NAMI Cobb would also like to form Connections meetings for the consumer which would meet twice a month.  If anyone has a loved one in recovery that would be interested in taking the training to facilitate a Connections class, please have them contact Jean Dervan at 770-234-0855 Ext. 1.

NAMI Georgia is requesting testimonials from its members, program participants and community

partners. The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) provides

significant funding for our programs. We are very grateful to them for their support of our

programming. We could not do what we do without them.

The State is facing a 3% across the board cut. This means each Dept has to cut 3%. Since a large

chunk of the DBHDD’s spending, for the DOJ Settlement population, is protected from cuts, this

means that the other areas will be cut even more. Add to this the reductions in federal funds

imposed by the sequestration cuts, and the DBHDD is facing significant reductions.

Therefore, they have to make very hard choices. In making these hard choices, they need to know

the impact their dollars are having. We need to let them know the impact of the dollars we receive

for our Signature Programs so that we can continue to receive these funds.

We need your testimonials, and soon. We need them for each of the Signature Programs they


 Connection Recovery Support Group

 Family Support Group

 Peer to Peer Class

 Family to Family Class

 In Our Own Voice Presentations

Note: The DBHDD also funds CIT, but there is enough research and testimonials for this

program. They have not requested such for CIT

We need testimonials from:


 Family Members



 Mentors / Teachers

 Presenters / Audiences

Please take a few moments to tell the DBHDD how one of these programs impacted you and/or

your family. Please include the following information:

 3 to 4 paragraphs

 Your first name, last initial, and city (Example: Eric S., Lawrenceville)

 Your story

o How it was before

o Which specific program and how it changed things

o Where you are now and plans for the future.

Send them to as soon as possible.

With your help, we will be able to continue to offer our programming to all Georgians who need the

support and education NAMI Georgia provides.

Thank you,

Eric Spencer

Executive Director, NAMI Georgia

3050 Presidential Pkwy Suite 202 Atlanta, Ga. 30340

(770) 234-0855

Request for Testimonials

NAMI Signature Programs



2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 - PREVIOUS SPEAKERS in case you want to refer back for names.....


Larry Goodman, PLAN of Georgia, 
PLAN is a family based, not-for-profit agency that provides solutions to families concerned about present and future care of a relative with a severe disability. It is an organization dedicated to serving people with mental and physical disabilities—- including mental illness, mental retardation, brain injury, autism and at-risk elderly—in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.

Liz Frye, M.D., M.P. H., Instructor of Clinical Psychiatry, Morehouse School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Morehouse School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr Frye may talk about her work with ACT, how a parent can best help their loved one be more independent (housing, job), and then her experience with academic and clinical mental illness, medication advice, and stories of patients that would be helpful or give hope

Marzena Holly, LPC, of the Alyse Group, an (outpatient) recovery center,"Cure vs. Fullfilled Life: Recovery, Interventions, and Assistance Model @ Alyse for Teens, Young Adults, and Their Families."


2012 -

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher - Debbie Ellison,

CIT-trained officer of the Acworth police department

Brian Stettin "The Untapped Power of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT).” 

Claudette Dover-Swoope -Region Director at Briggs & Associates 404.290.6870 Supportive Employment Speaker

Eric Dias went through certified peer specialist training this past summer, sponsored by NAMI-Cobb. He's been hired to work at "The Cottages," and is also attending college, working on a psychology degree. He has been a real asset to our Family Support Group in Woodstock, forthcoming with his own diagnosis, as well as his challenges in relating to his brother's struggles with mental illness.

2011 -

Paul Wiser, Sr. CFP®, who served as a NAMI Family to Family Educator –

Michelle Hammond-Susten, LCSW, who is the Clinical Care Coordinator for, "BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative," -AND-Maryrose Gerardi, Ph.D., who is a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department  of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of   Medicine. BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative, and also participates in training other professionals in the use of virtual reality exposure therapy.

Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. MBA, LPC, Community Mental Health Director for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. 

"Ask the Doc", presented by Jeffrey J. Rakofsky, MD, a Psychopharmacology Research Fellow with the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program from Emory University's School of Medicine. The Emory Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program conducts studies of treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. The program is currently involved in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health that compare FDA-approved medications and specific talk therapy for the treatment of depression. Researchers there, study health care on a global level while they aim to  treat it on a personal level. The purpose is to help find improved treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. Most studies involve the evaluation of a medication, while others may involve psychotherapy or other non-medication treatments. Staff includes medical doctors, psychologists, social workers and nurses in the field of psychiatry and medical research.

"Journaling Workshop," presented by Debbie Ellison of 'Laughter For Wellness.' *"The writing process is cathartic and healing and helps release pent-up emotions in a healthy way," Debbie asserts. She will address how laughter, relaxation, meditation, and stress-relief exercises help writing flow more easily and enhance participants' coping skills and joyfulness.Debbie is a published writer and editor and Laughter Leader. In 2010, Debbie led our group in a 'Laughter Yoga' workshop. Her two children suffer from depression and she is passionate about helping consumers and family members/support people deal with mental illness in a healthy way and fighting the stigma by helping others understand what they go through.


Kathleen Breen  - NAMI-South Cobb's President

Curtis Rodgers Co Director of Shepherd Center's Benefits Navigator Project. - Cobb County Navigator Team -Cert Rehab Counselor, Licensed Counselor - Focus Social Security for individuals with Disabilities, Eligibility for SSI, Overview of Medicaid waivers, Rules about working.  Presented at North Star & South Cobb.

Debbie Ellison "Laughter Session for Wellness and Joy," with Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Debbie Ellison

Alan I Davies - Our very on Nami Cobb Member and consurmer, Author of "A Life in Shadow"

Sarah Postich – Licensed Assoc. Professional Counselor, Trillium Springs Counseling Specialty: Sarah specializes in Bipolar Disorder and Depression. Other interests include anxiety, sexuality, and women's issues. She sees counseling as a collaborative process and seeks to empower each individual to make the decisions that best fit his/her lifestyle.

Speakers: Cathryn Coone-McCrary & Pat Kramer  "In Our Own Voice" - illness & recovery.   Coone-McCrary (NAMI-Cobb's newly elected secretary) and Pat Kramer  share their personal struggles with mental illness as well as the course of their recoveries. Coone-McCrary is a Georgia native and writer who received her Ph.D. in English at UGA in 1997. She also led "In Our Own Voice" (IOOV) in Northern Virginia for a few years. Her speaking partner, Pat Kramer, is from Washington, D.C., and wrote a widely used book on building self-esteem skills in school children (the book was used by schools throughout the US as well as internationally.) She's even been on the Larry King Live radio show.

When Medicine Got it Wrong -When Medicine Got it Wrong is the groundbreaking story of loving parents who rocked the halls of psychiatry, changing how we understand schizophrenia. In the 1970s, a small group of parents rebelled against then-popular psychiatric theories blaming schizophrenia on bad parenting.  Their activism helped revolutionize treatment forever and their stories reveal the origins of the tragic state of mental health care today.   More on the film at


Representative from Skyland Trail speaking at our meeting. For information about Skyland Trail check out their website at

Kimberly Tapp form Wellstar Mental Health Services - discussing what Wellstar has available in MH services.

Mary Camann from Kennesaw State University will speak tonite Mental Health & Physical Health go hand in hand. Tips to stay healthy

 Dr. Frank Shelp, the newly appointed Commissioner of the newly created DBHDD, made one of his first public appearances at NAMI Georgia Annual Conference being held Saturday May 16th.

Kay Palacko from Plan of GA.

Mary Roebeck Cobb Community Services Board Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Marietta, GA.

DR. BRANKO RADULOVACKI, M.D., M.B.A., a board-certified psychiatrist, has served as Director of Adult of Adult Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization at Ridgeview Institute since 2000.

Jewel Norman - GA’s newly appointed Mental Health Ombudsman

Gary Gregg who is the Cobb County Jail Infirmary Mental Health Advocate

CIT Speakers from Cobb County Sheriff's Dept.


Jeannette Depoy, Community Friendship Course on how to stay in recovery. ( GREAT COURSE!)

Charles Westbrook of the Cherokee Sheriff's Dept.  

Dr.John Lockhart, is a child, adult and family psychiatrist who has been in private practice in Atlanta since 1983. His office is located in Smyrna. He will be discussing the improtance of medication, therapy and followup. He is a popular speaker for schools, churches, parent and business groups, and also lectures to physician groups on pharmacology and medical intervention for depression, attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorders and other psychiatric conditions. He has been a commentator for local radio and TV stations,and is a frequent guest and consultant on CNN, including the "Parenting Today" show.

Eric Spencer NAMI GA Executive Director at North Metro Church Room

Kelli L. Wolk, Esquire, Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, LLP Guardianships for adults - She will talk about what they are and what they are not as well as some alternatives to guardianships.     Kelli graduated from Georgia State Law, clerked for Judge Dodd in the Cobb Probate court from 1999 to 2001, began working for Moore, Ingram, Johnson & Steele in June of 2001 doing probate litigation and estate planning. Past chair of the Cobb elder law committee and past chair of the State YLD elder law committee. Currently serving as a liaison between the state elder law fiduciary law sections. Running for probate Judge in Cobb County.

BRANKO RADULOVACKI, M.D., M.B.A., a board-certified psychiatrist, has served as Director of Adult of Adult Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization at Ridgeview Institute since 2000. He earned his medical degree, with honors, from the University of Illinois and completed his psychiatry residency at Yale. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Dr. Radulovacki treats adults with depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, and addictions. He specializes in acute/crisis care and treatment of individuals with dual diagnoses. He currently serves as the co-chair of the provider advisory board at Skyland Trail. Previously, he has served on the board of trustees of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA). Atlanta Magazine named him one of the Top 5 psychiatrists in metro Atlanta in 2007. His practice is located on the Ridgeview campus at 4015 South Cobb Drive, Suite 125, Smyrna, Georgia. Office phone: 770/434-5833.

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