Webinar: Learning Community for Young Leaders, April 12

Webinar: Learning Community for Young Leaders, April 12

Calling all youth advocates!

Join the Learning Community (LC) for Young Leaders Direct Connect

Wednesday, April 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m. ET

Are you leading youth engagement efforts in a SOC / Healthy Transitions community or a Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter? Are you a youth or young adult who wants to develop professional skills while also connecting with peers who are using their lived experiences to make systems change?

Join the next national LC webinar for young leaders. Click here to register for April’s Learning Community Webinar.

Resource: LMCS & LM CME Announce New Partnership with Crisis Text Line

Lookout Mountain Community Services (LMCS) and Lookout Mountain Care Management Entity (LM CME) are excited to announce a new partnership with the Crisis Text Line (CTL).

Effective immediately, anyone in Georgia experiencing an emotional crisis can text GA to 741741 to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. The service is free, confidential and available 24/7.

Texts are answered by trained Crisis Counselors at the Crisis Text Line (CTL), which serves as the official crisis text line for Darkness to Light, NAMI, Mental Health America, and the National Eating Disorders Association, just to name a few.

Not only will individuals who text benefit directly from the service, but LMCS and partners will also receive information that will help improve supports and services to the community. Anonymous information from texts using the keyword GA will be collected, and data will be returned to local partners to help us better understand the needs and concerns of texters in Georgia.

Erin Conaway, Outreach Specialist for LM CME, has been working with CTL since September to foster this opportunity.

“Sometimes, when a person is going through a difficult time, it can be hard to reach out to others, ” Erin says, “There is so much stigma about seeking help, and people are afraid they will seem weak or incompetent if they cannot do it on their own.”

She hopes this new resource will help bridge the gap for people who want someone to talk to someone but who are uncomfortable seeking help from traditional mental health services.


Marketing materials are already available for distribution, and more are on the way. Listed below are a few of the items we have developed with the Crisis Text Line:

Frequently Asked Questions PDF

This document has been designed to address questions and concerns community leaders and partners may have about using and promoting the Crisis Text Line.

Texter Flyer PDF

For distribution in public places, including but not limited to:

  • School classrooms and restrooms (including staff restrooms)
  • Patient rooms in medical offices
  • Break rooms or staff and customer restrooms at businesses
  • Church restrooms and classrooms
  • Recreation departments.

School Flyer PDF

Designed to help students, faculty, systems, and parents know how they can help get the word out about CTL.

Volunteer flyer PDF

Ready for distribution or placement in locations where people are looking for volunteer opportunities to encourage individuals to become Crisis Counselors for CTL.

Social Media

Facebook Feed | Cover (coming soon)

More Information

For more information about the Crisis Text Line, please see the links below:

Crisis Text Line Interview by Dose
WebMD Interview with CTL

TED Talk by CTL Founder, Nancy Lublin
Crisis Text Line

Want to know how you can help?

Any individual, agency, organization, or group would like to participate in this partnership and receive additional information on how to get involved, please contact Erin Conaway at 706.483.5356 or erinc@lmcs.org.

Event: Sexual Assault Awareness Month (Floyd, Chattooga, Gordon, Polk & Bartow)

The Sexual Assault Awareness Center of Northwest Georgia has announced it’s upcoming events to promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

The Sexual Assault Awareness Center provides resources, information and support to individuals and families effected by sexual assault in Floyd, Chattooga, Gordon, Polk, and Bartow counties.

For more information about the events they are hosting, please see the link below.

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Event: Georgia Families CMO Meet & Greet Sessions

Georgia Families Logo

Care Management Organizations
Public Forums and Meet & Greet Sessions!

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is pleased to provide opportunities to Georgia Families® and Georgia Families 360⁰ SM members, providers, provider associations and other interested parties to meet the Georgia Families®
Care Management Organizations (CMOs). For the new plan year beginning July 1, 2017, CMOs serving Georgia Families® members and Planning for Healthy Babies® enrollees will include Amerigroup, CareSource, Peach State and WellCare. Amerigroup will continue to serve our Georgia Families 360⁰ SM members.

Each CMO will have a one-hour segment during the Meet & Greet sessions in which they will share a presentation and provide an opportunity for Q&A. They will have representatives available to provide valuable information about their individual services and provider contracting opportunities.

Click here to see the full list of dates, locations, and times.


Event: Sexual Assault & Abuse Adult Support Group

The Greenhouse Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and Sexual Assault Center (SAC) will be hosting a Adult Support Group for Adults who have experienced sexual assualt and abuse.  The meetings will be held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Mack Gaston Community Center, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (registration required).

Snacks are provided, and group topics include:

  • Healing activities
  • Symptoms of trauma
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and anger
  • Self-care and coping skills
  • Increasing self-esteem, self-awareness, and safety

Space is limited. For more information and to register please contact Marlen at (706) 278-4769.

Click here to download the flyer for this group.

Certified Peer Specialist – Youth Certification Training, April 17-21, 2017

Are you a young adult living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occuring diagnosis? Do you wish you could use your experiences to help youth who are going through difficult times get the support they need?

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, and the Office of Recovery Transformation, in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is looking for young people like you to become Certified Peer Specialist – Youth (CPS-Y) and use their lived experience to support youth through out Georgia. This five-day event is scheduled for April 17-21, 2017.

This training is intended for enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations outlined below:

  • Must be 18-26 years of age;
  • Living with a mental health (MH), substance use disorder (SUD), or co-occurring diagnosis; and a strong desire to identify themselves as a person living with a mental health condition or substance use diagnosis (current or former person receiving behavioral health services);
  • Be able to advocate for themselves;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Be able/willing to actively seek and manage their own appropriate care; and
  • Be able to share their own personal story in a safe and appropriate way.
The Application, along with documentation, must be submitted by Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Click here to learn more and start your application today.

Applicants will be interviewed April 10 – April 11


Event: Camp MAGIK, Cartersville and Hampton, GA

 Camp MAGIK announces two spring sessions:

  • April 21-23: High Harbour YMCA, Cartersville, GA (Application deadline: April 12)
  • May 5-7: Calvin Center, Hampton, GA (Application deadline: April 26)

Camp MAGIK, a healing camp for bereaved children and adolescents, is designed for youth who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close loved one, especially youth who have experienced trauma linked to the death. Professional bereavement counselors, trained in grief and trauma, lead all counseling sessions. Free transportation to camp and back will be provided, depending on need.

A retreat is also available for adults who want to process their own grief with other adults who are grieving. The adult retreat is held on the same campus as the children’s camp session, also led by professional bereavement counselors.

Camp sessions are free of charge to all participating children and adolescents.

Click the links below to view announcements and applications for this event:

Announcement:  English | Español
Registration:  English | Español

Applications must be postmarked, emailed, or faxed by the dates listed above for each camp session.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr. Rene Searles McClatchey, Camp MAGIK Founder

Notice: Open Enrollment for Georgia Families, March 2017

Beginning March 1, 2017, all members enrolled in Georgia Families (Amerigroup, Peach State Health, Wellcare) or Planning for Healthy Babies are required to partcipate in the new Open Enrollment Process to select a CMO (Care Management Organization) to take effect July 1, 2017.

Selections must be made by March 31, 2017.

Even if you plan to keep your current CMO, you will need to submit a CMO selection.


Please click the links below for more details:

CMO Open Enrollment Announcement
CMO Open Enrollment Instructions
Georgia Families Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions
Mandatory Insurance Re-Enrollment
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Webinar: Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults

Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults: Treating Young Adults Who Have Justice Involvement and Behavioral Health Conditions

Wed, Mar 22, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Pathways RTX invites you to participate in this webinar to learn how this ground-breaking approach is helping young people recover and live productive lives, while reducing their involvement with the Juvenile Justice system.

Click here to learn more about this webinar or to register.