Monthly Archives: February 2015

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Disability Day is Approaching

Disability Day is approaching!  In honor of this day, DeKalb Community Service Board will join the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities for the 17th Annual Disability Day at the Capitol on March 5th.  This year’s theme celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The event will be located at Liberty Plaza, the Capitol’s new “front door.”  In honor of this significant event, members of DeKalb CSB took a moment to reflect on the importance of this annual event.

Keith pic for website profile-tb“It’s important to attend this year’s Disability Day so that key legislators can put a face with a name and the important issues surrounding developmental disability services.  It is especially important for family members whose loved one’s are on waiting lists and whose family members fear for the worst should service options not be available.  DeKalb CSB envisions a community in which disabilities no longer limit potential. This event brings us one step closer to realizing that vision.”   Keith Ricketson – DeKalb CSB Director of Developmental Disability Services.

cathy fraser“There is excitement each year about this event. It is important for the individuals to advocate for themselves. Not only that, but this event allows them to interact with others that face the same challenges in other counties.”  Cathy Fraser – DeKalb CSB Director of DeKalb Service Center.

This year’s Disability Day is sure to be groundbreaking.  Mark your calendar and join us for Georgia’s largest, disability advocacy event on Thursday, March 5th at the Capitol.  Click here to learn more.


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DeKalb CSB Joins Hundreds at the State Capitol for Addiction Recovery Awareness Day

ATLANTA, Georgia – February 4, 2015 – DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) joined the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and a host of advocates and community representatives at the capitol on Thursday to celebrate recovery.

Those in attendance included individuals in recovery, prevention providers, community partners, family members and allies.  During the morning activities, supporters attended the Recovery Messaging Training where speakers shared their testimonies on how they managed to overcome addictions despite the challenges placed against them.

“Recovery changed my life!  Today it has been thirteen years, seven months, and twelve days since I’ve had my last drug or drink,” said Tony Sanchez, long term recovery supporter.  “Today I am a homeowner, I am employed, I have insurance, I vote, and I am the proud grandfather to a wonderful four year old boy.”

In addition to the messages of recovery and triumph, partners from Georgia Overdose Prevention celebrated the passage of the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law.  Since being passed in April of last year, over 170 lives have been saved.  The law allows victims and witnesses to seek help from the police when experiencing an overdose without the threat of criminal penalties.  Instead of suffering in silence or running away from potential help, the Georgia Overdose Prevention Organization encourages those suffering with addiction or witnessing it to seek help without fear.

“I am jazzed up about the celebration of our recovery,” said Neil Campbell, Executive Director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse. “Remember to speak out, not about the mess, but about the beauty of recovery.”

At the close of the morning activities, supporters gathered inside of the capitol, alongside legislators, to rally for recovery and the importance of creating a state where all people have opportunities to get and stay well.

DeKalb CSB offers a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program at the DeKalb Addiction Clinic located at 455 Winn Way in Decatur, Georgia.  The program helps individuals move towards the goal of achieving and maintaining recovery from substance related and other mental health disorders.  Treatment services include group counseling, individual counseling, skill building, education, random urine drug screening, and/or family treatment sessions and case management in a structured, clinical setting.

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, visit or call 404.508.7875.

 Gary Richey, DeKalb CSB Chief Executive Officer and R. Derril Gay, Ph.D 

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

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