When the Care Coordinator at Lookout Mountain Community Services met 13-year-old Alejandra,* she was depressed, rarely leaving her bedroom or getting out of her pajamas, and showing her mom photos of people she’d learned had taken their own lives. She’d almost completely stopped going to school, even though her ESOL teacher had asked her to sign an attendance contract. The Care Coordinator told Alejandra how building a wraparound team of support could help her, and discovered she loved animals. The Care Coordinator also encouraged her to go to counseling, where she revealed to the counselor that a couple of other students at school had threatened to hurt her. The wraparound team applauded Alejandra in sharing this, and helped get her started with equine therapy sessions. At equine therapy, she learned to build a relationship with a horse and use her voice to motivate it to go where she wanted to ride. After a couple of months, Alejandra agreed to meet with school officials to identify who had threatened her, and school counselors remarked how Alejandra had gotten stronger in communicating her needs. Now Alejandra is thriving again in school and wants to become a flight attendant. The wraparound team believes Alejandra had what it took to succeed, and just needed support to help her. If you know someone who could benefit from this kind of support, call Tommy for northern Georgia at 423-618-6767 or email tommyv@LMCS.org to complete a referral for free wraparound services. For southern Georgia, call Anna at 478-283-7777 or email annac@LMCS.org to complete a referral. You can also click on LMCME.org for more information.
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Cuando el Coordinador de atención de Lookout Mountain Community Services se reunió con Alejandra, de 13 años de edad, estaba deprimida, raramente salía de su dormitorio o salía de su pijama, y mostraba a sus madres fotos de personas que había aprendido que habían tomado sus propias vidas. Casi por completo dejó de ir a la escuela, a pesar de que su profesor de ESOL le había pedido que firmara un contrato de asistencia. La Coordinadora de cuidados le dijo a Alejandra que la construcción de un equipo de apoyo podría ayudarla, y descubrió que amaba a los animales. El Coordinador de cuidado también la animó a ir a consejería, donde ella reveló al consejero que un par de otros estudiantes en la escuela habían amenazado lastimarla. El equipo envuelto aplaudió a Alejandra al compartir esto, y ayudó a que comenzara con sesiones de terapia equina. En la terapia equina, aprendió a construir una relación con un caballo y a usar su voz para motivarla a ir adonde ella quería montar.
Después de un par de meses, Alejandra aceptó reunirse con los oficiales de la escuela para identificar quién la había amenazado, y los consejeros de la escuela comentaron cómo Alejandra se había fortalecido en la comunicación de sus necesidades. Ahora Alejandra está prosperando de nuevo en la escuela y quiere convertirse en una azafata. El equipo envolvente cree que Alejandra tuvo lo necesario para triunfar, y sólo necesitaba apoyo para ayudarla. Si conoce a alguien que pueda beneficiarse de este tipo de apoyo, llame a Faith a 423-582-8331 o envíe un correo electrónico a faith.aguirre@LMCS.org para completar una remisión para servicios de envolvente gratuitos.
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.
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.
Staff at Pathways Transition Programs recently shared they have extended coverage area to provide IFI (Intensive Family Intervention) services in Bartow, Cobb, and Paulding Counties.
In their brochure, Pathways explains IFI as an intensive, family-based therapy which is designed for children and families undergoing prolonged periods of distress or crisis. The provide the service in the home and work with the family to strengthen and stabilize the family system and home environment. This not only supports the family in finding a balance in recovery, but also decreases the need for hospitalization or other out of home placements. IFI also supports children and families in transitioning from back to the home after being in a higher level of care. Staff assist the family to gain an enhanced perspective and understanding of the child’s emotional needs and enhance their ability to manage problematic behaviors while promoting self-control and family communication.
Please see the referral form below for details on how you can refer a family for services.
The Gilmer Home Again Program is staffed and ready to begin taking referrals.
As a reminder, the Home Again program is a two week, intensive out-patient program that is designed to help avert crises and keep children from having to be removed from their homes. This program can also be tailored to the family that is working to transition children back into their homes, after being in foster care, for example. For those referred, we will be designing treatment plans that will allow for children and families to be seen in school, at home, and at our facility at 1950 Old Pleasant Valley Road, Talking Rock.
Home Again provides Individual and Family Counseling, both for the youth and for the family. Family members will be assessed for substance use and mental health barriers and then provided with treatment as needed. Parents will also be assessed and provided with parenting skills classes, as needed. Families will learn where to get help with other things like food, housing, transportation, child care, utility bills, etc. Of course all problems will not be resolved in the two weeks families work with Home Again, so at the end of the two weeks, families are referred out for any ongoing services that might be needed.
Gilmer Home Again is located at 1950 Old Pleasant Valley Drive, Talking Rock, downstairs from Kids Kottage. We can be reached at 706-276-3610. Attached you will find our referral form. This form can be completed and emailed to me. I will personally be following up with all referrals within one business day of receiving it. If you are unable to email this form to me, please call the number to Home Again (above) and we will get the necessary information from you.
If you would like to schedule a presentation to your group or have questions about the Home Again program, please contact:
Melissa R. Dempsey, MSW, S/T Highland Rivers Health Gilmer Home Again Out Patient Office: 706-635-2739 ext 115 firstname.lastname@example.org www.highlandrivers.org
Navigating School and Work with a Serious Mental Health Condition: It Can Be a Bumpy Ride
Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
Young adults with serious mental health conditions (SMHC) face delays in participating or are prevented from participating in settings where career development and exploration activities typically occur. Little is still known about how young adults navigate these activities while also managing a SMHC.
In this webinar, you'll hear about experiences of young adults with SMHC as they learn how to navigate life, including their success and challenges with educational and employment activities.
The young people with SMHC featured in this webinar provide retrospectives of a) their education, training, and employment experiences, b) how those activities developed over time, and c) how contextual life circumstances (e.g., family history, experiences with SMHC) and pivotal life events (e.g., hospitalization) may have influenced these activities.
Join Transitions RTC's Kathryn Sabella, Laura Golden, and Emma Pici D'Ottavio for this insightful and informative webinar!
Storms and natural disasters can have a profound impact on our emotional well-being, and it is natural to feel a range of emotions, from stress to anxiety or depression, after the event is over. For many, these feelings of distress are short-term and will resolve over time. However, for others, especially children and young people, these feelings could last longer and have an impact on their relationships with others, school, work, and other aspects of daily life.
Talking with someone about these feelings can often help speed the recovery process and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. The trained counselors at Disaster Distress Helpline provide 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
At times, it can be difficult to talk about mental health, especially if you are someone living with or love a person with a mental illness. We fear that accepting a diagnosis or speaking about mental illness will limit our options in life, we worry what others thing, and and we secretly fear that if we “give in,” to the belief that we have an illness, we give up.
The Be Vocal Documentary challenges us to look at mental illness differently. Through personal stories, we are asked to see and understand that opening up about mental health invites healing and creates opportunities. It encourages us to speak up about mental health so we can find freedom through the sharing of our stories.
Click here to watch the full documentary and stay to see how you can Be Vocal.
from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Division of Developmental Disabilities
NOW Waiver Public Forums: COMP Families & Providers are Welcome to Attend
The New Options Waiver Program (NOW) which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is scheduled for renewal in September 2017 via application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS). The Department of Community Health and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities seek comments from the public on how to enhance this program to meet the changing needs of families and individuals.
A series of five public forums will be held to collect comments and suggestions for the New Options Waiver Program (NOW) renewal application. We need input from families, self-advocates, providers, and the general public. COMP providers and families are welcome to attend.
Don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive difference in the direction of services for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Participate in a focused discussion with other advocates and record your suggestions for improvements or additions to the NOW service array
Network with other stakeholders who share your experiences and concerns
Contribute to community efforts that will positively impact services provided in Georgia
Speakers to include:
Catherine Ivy, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Developmental Disabilities Marcey Alter, Deputy Director Medicaid Services, Department of Community Health Brian Dowd, Director of Waiver Programs, Department of Community Health
March 1 – 1:00 to 3:00pm at University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton March 6 – 7:00 to 8:00pm (Virtual Forum) March 8 – 1:00 to 3:00pm at Clarence Brown Conference Center, Cartersville March 9 – 11:00am to Noon (Virtual Forum) March 13 – 1:00 to 3:00pm at Gwinnett Tech/Busbee Center, Lawrenceville