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Treatment Effective, Recovery Expected…And Celebrated
Georgia Association of Community Service Boards hosts the 14th Annual Consumer Spring Fling
Norcross, Ga. (May 31,2011) – Over three joyful days (May 22-24) at The Lodge at Simpsonwood, more than 100 consumers of Georgia’s mental health, developmental disability and addictive disease services celebrated recovery, engaged in valuable social interaction and participated in life skills training and workshops to empower them in their daily lives. For 14 years, the Georgia Association of Community Service Boards (GACSB) has been hosting this volunteer staffed conference as a unique opportunity for its high functioning consumers to take that next step into re-entering, embracing and maintaining a successful recovery life.
While Georgia’s care is constantly improving, changing and expanding, the consumers in attendance expressed their thanks for existing GACSB member services and programs at a special talent show on opening night through gospel songs sang through tears, poems written from the heart and tongue-in-cheek comedy routines.
One consumer from River Edge Behavioral Health Center, lovingly nicknamed “Golden Gloria,” stood up and stated her appreciation for the GACSB to all present, saying “You help us grow, and we will cherish that for the rest of our lives."
Her words are accurate; the GACSB member organizations provide services that go far beyond medication and counseling. The GACSB’s community based mental health, developmental disability and substance use disorder services are designed to help consumers achieve meaningful lives in society. Treatment includes peer group support, daily activity planning, career skills development, employment and residential opportunities and more.
“This year’s conference topics: Substance Use with Psychotropic Medications, Recognizing Your Triggers and Individual Crisis Plan Development, Residential Housing, Crisis Intervention Training, etc. illustrate the depth of the GACSB’s commitment to supporting our consumers recovery. We are here to heal and empower lives. And we give our consumers the tools and information to do just that,” said Robyn Garrett-Gunnoe, Association Director of the GACSB.
Speakers at the conference included: Dr. Frank Shelp, Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities;
This year’s conference theme, chosen by the consumers, was “Find the Treasure within You,” and featured pirate styled fun and décor. In attendance were consumers from the following GACSB member organizations:
•Advantage BHS serving Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Elbert, Greene, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Walton
• Avita Community Partners serving Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White
• Clayton CSB
• Cobb/Douglas CSB
• DeKalb CSB
• GRN CSB serving Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale
• CSB of Middle GA serving Bleckley, Dodge, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Treutlen, Wheeler, Wilcox
• New Horizons CSB serving Chattahoochee, Clay, Harris, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Talbot
• Oconee CSB serving Baldwin, Hancock, Jasper, Putnam, Washington, Wilkinson
• Pathways Center CSB serving Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Troup, Meriwether
• Pineland CSB serving Appling, Bulloch, Candler, Evans, Jeff Davis, Tattnall, Toombs, Wayne
• River Edge BHC serving Bibb, Jones, Monroe, Twiggs
• South Georgia CSB serving Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift, Turner
About the Georgia Association of Community Service Boards
Since 1994, the Georgia Association of Community Service Boards (GACSB) has lead the development and operation of cost effective, high quality, mental health, developmental disability and addictive disease services in Georgia. With 27 member organizations providing community based care across the state, the GACSB is dedicated to its mission of promoting the exchange of information, representing its members on legislative and administrative matters, and campaigning for the highest quality of life for consumers of mental health, developmental disability and addictive disease services. To learn more, please visit http://www.gacsb.org/
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