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DeKalb Community Service Board Counselor Administers Highest Number of HIV Tests in the State of Georgia

DeKalb Community Service Board’s HIV Counselor Margaret Renfroe currently holds the record for administering the most number of HIV tests in the state of Georgia.  In 2013, underneath Renfroe’s leadership, DeKalb Community Service Board (DeKalb CSB) administered 1,112 HIV test to DeKalb CSB clients at the organization’s DeKalb Addiction Clinic.

Renfroe has been a state certified HIV counselor for over 25 years.  She became a counselor after her best friend tested positive for HIV.  “Because my best friend’s family lived in Puerto Rico, I became her support system here in the states,” stated Renfroe.  “At that time [25 years ago], the only educational class available was an AIDS 101 course held at AIDS Atlanta.  I began accompanying her to the classes and became fascinated with how this little germ could get inside of a person’s body and cause so much destruction.”

World AIDS Day is Monday, December 1st.  In the United States, about 1 in 5 people who has HIV doesn’t know it. The only way to know for sure whether or not you have HIV is to get tested. You could have HIV and still feel healthy. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often.

In observance of World AIDS Day, DeKalb CSB will join the DeKalb County Board of Health to provide free HIV testing and education during the World AIDS Day Event held at the Clifton Springs Health Center located at 3110 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur, Georgia, 30034 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Around the world, about 34 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV every year. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV and AIDS.

According to Renfroe, everyone should have one HIV test in their lifetime.  “You need to know your status.  The fears associated with being tested are only temporary.  Back when my best friend tested positive, people could get a diagnosis for HIV and 5-7 years later we would bury them.  With today’s advancements, you no longer have to be someone who is dying from HIV; you can become someone who is living with it.”

DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services.  Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 10,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives.  DeKalb CSB employs more than 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

For more information, on the World AIDS Day Event contact DeKalb County Board of Health at www.dekalbhealth.net.  For information on all DeKalb Community Service Board services, visit www.dekcsb.org or call 404-508-7875.

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Upcoming DeKalb CSB Board Meeting

The November 20th board meeting of the DeKalb Community Service Board is open to the public for those who are interested in services for mental health, addiction and developmental disabilities. The meeting will be held at 4:00 pm at 445 Winn Way, Room 421, Decatur, GA 30030.

The Advocacy Committee meeting will be held in the same room at 3:00 pm and is also open to the public.

The Audit, Finance and Compliance meeting will be held in the same room on Tuesday, November 18th at 12:00 pm and is also open to the public.

For those with disabilities in need of assistance or accommodations to participate in the meeting, please notify Community Relations at (404) 508-7875.

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DeKalb Community Service Board Announces New Members to Board of Directors

DeKalb Community Service Board (DeKalb CSB), a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services to individuals in need, announced today that two new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors.  The new members include Debra DeBerry, Clerk of Superior Court of DeKalb County and Commissioner Stan Watson of DeKalb County Super District 7.  DeBerry and Commissioner Watson’s appointment expands the DeKalb CSB Board to 12 directors.

Clerk Debra DeBerry is a 20-year resident of DeKalb County with over 35 years of experience in the public and private sector. In 2002, her career in DeKalb County began as Chief Deputy Clerk of Superior Court. In her current position as Clerk of Superior Court, DeBerry manages over one hundred employees who provide services to the citizens of the county and she also manages an annual budget of over $6 million dollars.

Commissioner Stan Watson is a dedicated and proven leader who has served DeKalb County in volunteer and in elected positions for over thirty (30) years. He is a former member of the Georgia General Assembly, serving for twelve years. He is the former Chairman of the DeKalb House Delegation and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

DeKalb Community Service Board Chief Executive Officer Gary Richey thanked those that have served on the board and welcomed the new members. “Serving on the board of a thriving organization like DeKalb CSB requires dedication, time, and a commitment to improving the overall health of our communities.  We are incredibly grateful for the service of all of our current members and are excited to welcome our new board members, who bring with them a fresh perspective and a different personal approach.  I know that their service will provide tremendous benefits to the board and organization as a whole.”

DeKalb CSB Board Chair David Sibley added, “As our board continues to evolve, our progress is attributable to the diversity and talent of its membership.  I am delighted to welcome our newest board members.  DeKalb CSB serves the needs of over 10,000 extraordinary individuals struggling with behavioral health and developmental disabilities each year.  We consider ourselves fortunate to attract the quality of leadership exemplified by Ms. DeBerry and Commissioner Watson.”

DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services.  Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 10,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives.  DeKalb CSB employs more than 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

The public is invited to DeKalb CSB board meetings, held bimonthly on the fourth Thursday in Room 421 of the EL Richardson Health Center, 445 Winn Way in Decatur. For more information, visit www.dekcsb.org or call 404.508.7875.

 

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DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson Joins the Board of Directors for DeKalb Community Service Board

The Board of Directors of DeKalb Community Service Board (DeKalb CSB) today announced the appointment of DeKalb County District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson.  DeKalb CSB is a public nonprofit organization that provides evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services to individuals in need.

“I have served on the DeKalb CSB Advisory Board for over 10 years and have been a champion for community service boards throughout the state of Georgia,” said Commissioner Watson.  “Community Service Boards provide a very much needed service, not only to my constituents, but to all of the citizens of DeKalb County and the State of Georgia.  As an active member of the Board, I am excited to bring access to information, build awareness and to facilitate relationships to support the great work of the organization.”

Commissioner Watson is a dedicated and proven leader who has served DeKalb County in volunteer and in elected positions for over thirty (30) years. He is a former member of the Georgia General Assembly, serving for twelve (12) years. He is the former Chairman of the DeKalb House Delegation and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

Commissioner Watson serves Super District 7 with distinction and is committed to achieving strong communities, open and honest government “For A Better DeKalb.” He is the Deputy Presiding Officer for the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and is the Chairman of the Public Works Committee (PWC) providing leadership to DeKalb County’s Capital Improvement Projects and oversight of the Federal Consent Decree.

In addition to his position on the DeKalb CSB Board of Directors, the Commissioner is a Board Member for the Community Achievement Center.  In addition, the Commissioner serves on the Planning and Economic Development (PED) and Employee Relations and Community Services (ERCS) Committees.  The Commissioner’s appointment expands the DeKalb CSB Board to 12 directors. 

DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services.  Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 10,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives.  DeKalb CSB employs more than 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

The public is invited to DeKalb CSB board meetings, held bimonthly on the fourth Thursday in Room 421 of the EL Richardson Health Center, 445 Winn Way in Decatur. For more information, visit www.dekcsb.org or call 404.508.7875.

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It’s Finally Here! Georgia Gives Day 2014

With support from the Brighter DeKalb Foundation, DeKalb CSB helps youth and adults reclaim their lives by supporting a full continuum of behavioral health and developmental disability services.

Because of generous supporters like you, numerous men and women have salvaged their lives once fractured by depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia; severely emotionally disturbed children have reclaimed their childhood; and countless individuals have won victory over addiction.

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Debra DeBerry, Clerk of Superior Court of DeKalb County, Joins the Board of Directors for DeKalb Community Service Board

The Board of Directors of DeKalb Community Service Board (DeKalb CSB) today announced the appointment of Debra DeBerry, Clerk of Superior Court of DeKalb County.  DeKalb CSB is a public nonprofit organization that provides evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services to individuals in need.

“DeKalb CSB is an important conduit in our community and county for mental health and crisis services,” said DeBerry.  “My motivation for joining the Board of DeKalb CSB was to help garner more necessary funding and to build awareness of mental illness and the organizations that provide services to those affected by it.   With this new role, I hope to bring to light the statistics and facts of mental health, the lack of treatment and funding, and how it critically affects every citizen in our community.”

DeBerry is a 20-year resident of DeKalb County with over 35 years of experience in the public and private sector. In 2002, her career in DeKalb County began as Chief Deputy Clerk of Superior Court. In her current position as Clerk of Superior Court, DeBerry manages over one hundred employees who provide services to the citizens of the county and she also manages an annual budget of over $6 million dollars.

In addition to hosting the County’s annual Mental Health Forum, a forum created to address the overall current state of mental healthcare in DeKalb County, DeBerry has also formed an alliance with Briggs and Associates – an agency which assists the mentally and physically challenged with employment and has hired three employees through the agency.

“Mental health has always been near and dear to my heart.  While I can continue to talk about the need for more funding, assistance and legislation for those with mental disabilities; you have to do more.  Little by little and piece by piece we can all do something.”

The DeKalb County based nonprofit said in addition to her new role with DeKalb CSB, DeBerry serves on the Board of the New Power PAC and serves as a Board Member for the South DeKalb YMCA.   DeBerry’s appointment expands the DeKalb CSB Board to 11 directors. 

DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services.  Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 10,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives.  DeKalb CSB employs more than 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

The public is invited to DeKalb CSB board meetings, held bimonthly on the fourth Thursday in Room 421 of the EL Richardson Health Center, 445 Winn Way in Decatur. For more information, visit www.dekcsb.org or call 404.508.7875.

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DeKalb Community Service Board Pays Tribute to Veterans

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  This celebratory day is a lasting memorial of the humanity and spirit of the brave service men and women who have sacrificed so much to preserve our heritage of freedom.  Unfortunately, for many of our veterans, the battle scars, lingering illnesses and disabling injuries help to keep the memory of their battles fresh on their minds.

DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) is committed to paying tribute to our veterans not only on Veterans Day but every day of the year by paying special attention to the needs of those who have served our country.  Each day, DeKalb CSB places the highest priority on meeting the treatment and community support needs of veterans struggling with mental illness and addictions.

In 2010, DeKalb CSB established a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to launch the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT), in Decatur, Georgia.  The RSAT Program at Fox provides an array of high quality behavioral health treatment, therapy, addiction services and medical care to over 300 veterans each year.

According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, mental and substance use disorders caused more hospitalizations among U.S. troops in 2009 than any other cause.  Furthermore, nearly 70% of homeless veterans also experience a substance use disorder.  Approximately 50% of returning service members who need treatment for mental health conditions seek it, but sadly only more than half who receive treatment receive adequate care.

“As we salute the lives of those who have protected our country’s freedom, let us also honor their sacrifices by ensuring that they receive the necessary support and adequate care that they need,” said DeKalb CSB Community Relations Manager Jennifer Highsmith.  “By doing that, we will grant them the dignity and respect that they deserve.”

Mailing: PO Box 1648, Decatur, GA 30031
General information: 404.294.3834
Appointments, referrals and crisis support: 404.892.4646

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