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Youth Art & Poetry Contest for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

From: Sue Smith, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network

Annual Art & Poetry Contest

Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

THURSDAY, MAY 10 8AM – 1PM
The Georgia Freight Depot
65 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

All elementary, middle and high school aged youth are encouraged to participate. It’s as Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Enter one of two categories: Visual Art or Creative Writing
  2. Entries must illustrate the theme: Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma
  3. Submit entry form with art work or poem before April 20, 2018

Entry Form

Please contact Sheena Biggerstaff (404) 758-4500 ext. 107 sheena.biggerstaff@gpsn.org gpsn.org

DHS Youth Empowerment Series for High School Students – Deadline April 13

From: Deshane.Velasquez, Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS)

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Youth Empowerment Series (YES) is accepting applicants for the 2018-19 school year, and we would love to have high school students from your community be a part of our program!

YES offers students an opportunity to participate in several workshops centered on youth development and engagement, such as goal setting, public speaking, resume building and community service activities. The core values underlying the program seek to provide youth with a blueprint to implement change in their community. Students in the program will provide their input and insight on current issues, build workforce skills and develop as leaders. Through career panels, networking and participation, students in the program will also gain exposure to policy and understand how DHS serves Georgians.

 

During the sessions, we will introduce the services offered by DHS. Students will hear from representatives that work in our divisions of Aging Services, Child Support Services and Family and Children Services. Then, students will be given a chance to provide their input and insight on these services. For more information, the program details can be found at dhs.georgia.gov/youth-empowerment-series-yes.

 

The application for participation can be found at dhs.georgia.gov/apply-yes. The deadline to apply is April 13th.

Please note: Accepted students must commit to attending four Saturday sessions in their region of the state throughout the 2018-19 school year. Transportation is required.

 

For any questions, please feel free to contact Deshane.Velasquez@dhs.ga.gov or 404-463-0745.

CARES 28 Workshops Announced

From Georgia Council on Substance Abuse:

What is CARES?

CERTIFIED ADDICTION RECOVERY EMPOWERMENT SPECIALIST (CARES) VISION We envision a recovery-oriented system of care that supports self-directed pathways to recovery by building on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families and communities. MISSION The mission of Georgia CARES is to promote long-term recovery from substance use disorders by providing experienced peer support and advocating for self-directed care. WHAT The Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) is a training program parallel to the mental health certified peer specialist program and began in September, 2010, through a contract with the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). This training program is part of an ongoing effort to create a recovery-oriented system of care where peer-based recovery support is used as a fundamental part of community-based services that enhance the treatment and recovery experience. This is a 40-hour (one-week) training course, that is followed by continuing support of CARES Faculty, trained peers & supervisors. WHO People in recovery who are interested in becoming a CARES must apply through the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and be approved by the CARES Selection Subcommittee.

CARES Academy Workshops

The cornerstone of a recovery-oriented system of care is (ROSC) is a vibrant, well-trained peer workforce. The CARES/ROSC Workshop introduces concepts of peer recovery support to members of the recovery community, and provides them with assistance in preparing for the written and interview portions of the CARES Academy application process.

February Workshops*:

  • February 2, Decatur
  • February 8, Morrow
  • February 10, Lawrenceville
  • February 15, Atlanta
  • February 17, Gainesville

Register here for a CARES Academy Workshop

*Time and location information is on the registration page.

CARES Academy 28 April 16-20, 2018

March 5th – Applications due to the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse through our online application system.

For more information about CARES, please visit the GCSA website HERE

 

 

Seize the Awkward

Talking about mental health can be really uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be as simple as asking a friend or someone you care about, “Hey, are you ok?”

To make it a little easier for us all to get through those awkward moments, the Ad Council, American Society for Suicide Prevention, and the JED Foundation teamed up to create an awesome new site, Seize the Awkward.

Seize the Awkward is full of tips for how to recognize if someone you love is going through a hard time and ways you can start the conversation. There are even personal stories from people like Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) and Liza Koshy (Freakish) about how friends helped them through difficult times and how talking through those awkward moments can make all the difference.

So go ahead, seize that awkward moment, you, and your friend, will be so glad you did.

 

Parent CPS-P Announcement – March 2018

From: Dana McCary, Parent & Youth Peer Specialist Coordinator, DBHDD

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Office of Children, Young Adults & Families (OCYF) and the Office of Recovery Transformation (ORT), in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming Parent Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-P) training.

This five-day event is scheduled for the week of March 19th – March 23rd, 2018. This training is intended for enrollees who meet lived experience expectations. The application, along with eligibility requirements, are available for download below.

Applications, along with documentation, must be submitted by February 30th, 2018

Parent CPS-P Announcement December 2017

From Dana McCrary, Parent & Youth Peer Specialist Coordinator, DBHDD:

Registration is now open for the upcoming Parent Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-P) training. This five-day event is scheduled for the week of December 11th – December 15th, 2017. This training is intended for enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations. Please find the application along with eligibility requirements outlined in the announcement below.

Applications along with documentation must be submitted by November 30th, 2017.

Youth CPS-Y Announcement – January 2018

From Dana McCrary, Parent & Youth Peer Specialist Coordinator, DBHDD:

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Office of Children, Young Adults & Families and the Office of Recovery Transformation (ORT) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming Youth Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-Y) training. This five-day event is scheduled for the week of January 22nd- January 26th . This training is intended for enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations outlined below.

  • Be 18-26 years of age; provide a copy of this document or valid Georgia ID;
  • Have a mental health (MH) , substance use disorder (SUD), or a co-occurring diagnosis; and a strong desire to identify themselves as a person living with a mental illness 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; provide a copy of these documents;
  • 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.
  • Must be well grounded in recovery wellness (At least one year between diagnosis and application to training) and/or one year continuous abstinent from substance use
  • Provide (1) letter of reference (please include contact information)

The Application below, along with documentation must be submitted by
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Applicants will be interviewed January 10th and January 11th

News: Update Your Favorites

We recently received an updated set of criteria for IC3 (Intensive Customized Care Coordination) from DBHDD (Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities) , which required us to make some changes to the Pre-Referral Questionnaire for ages 6-21. This new set of criteria not only decreased the complexity of qualification, but it also increased the number of ways a child/youth may qualify for CME services.

It is important that referring parties use the newest form, which can be found at https://goo.gl/VXiLQ9, to prevent youth who do meet criteria from being screened out prematurely and decrease chances a referral will be delayed/denied due to being incomplete. If you have this form saved as a favorite in your browser, please delete the old form and save the new one.