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DeKalb Community Service Board Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

ATLANTA – May 31, 2016 – CARF International announced that DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) has been accredited for a period of three years. The latest accreditation is the fourth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to DeKalb CSB.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

“DeKalb Community Service Board is proud to announce that we have received a three-year reaccreditation by CARF. We recognize that independent, third-party accreditation of our programs is an essential validation of the high quality services we provide every day. Our team of professionals has been helping individuals achieve recovery by providing a full continuum of behavioral health and developmental disability services for more than 22 years. This reaccreditation reinforces our position as essential safety-net providers in DeKalb County,” said Joseph Bona, MD, Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb CSB.

In its May 25, 2016, written notification to DeKalb CSB, CARF President/CEO, Brian J. Boon, Ph.D. stated: “This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of conformance to standards.”

DeKalb CSB is a public, not-for-profit organization with more than 20 locations in DeKalb County. With more than 500 staff, DeKalb CSB has provided mental health services, developmental disabilities programs and substance use treatment to nearly 12,000 children, adolescents and adults annually since 1994. To learn more about DeKalb CSB, please visit

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at

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New Location! Practical Mental Health Ethics Training

Due to unexpected flooding and water line repairs, tomorrow’s Practical Mental Health Ethics: Applications For A Fast Changing World Training has been relocated next door to the DeKalb Addiction Clinic located at 455 Winn Way, Decatur, Georgia 30030.

As a reminder, registration opens at 8:30am and the training will run from 9:00am – 3:30pm. Click here for more information.  Should you have any questions or run into any difficulties please contact Renee Dryfoos at or 404-508-7707.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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Do You Know What Mental Illness Feels Like?

We often hear the clinical terms used by doctors and other professionals to identify the symptoms of mental illnesses…but if someone hasn’t gone through it, would they know how to recognize it?

So often, clinical terms don’t do justice to what life with a mental illness feels like. We know that two people with the same diagnosis can experience the same symptom and describe it in very different ways. Understanding the signs of a mental illness and identifying how it can feel can be confusing—and sometimes can contribute to ongoing
silence or hesitation to get help.

It’s important for people to talk about how it feels to live with a mental illness. We know that mental illnesses are common and treatable, and help is available. But not everyone knows what to look for when they are going through those early stages, and many simply experience symptoms differently. We all need to speak up early—Before Stage 4—and in real, relatable terms so that people do not feel isolated and alone.

This May is Mental Health Month; DeKalb Community Service Board is raising awareness of the importance of speaking up about mental health, and asking individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like by tagging social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike. Posting with our hashtag is a way to speak up, to share your point of view with people who may be struggling to explain what they are going through—and to help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness.

Life with a Mental Illness is meant to help remove the shame and stigma of speaking out, so that more people can be comfortable coming out of the shadows and seeking the help they need. Whether you are in Stage 1 and just learning about those early symptoms, or are dealing with what it means to be in Stage 4, sharing how it feels can be part of your recovery.

DeKalb CSB wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, that recovery is always the goal, and that the best prospects for recovery come when we act Before Stage 4 (B4Stage4).

Addressing mental illnesses B4Stage4 means more than burying feelings and refusing to talk about them, and waiting for symptoms to clear up on their own. B4Stage4 means more than wishing that mental health problems aren’t real, and hoping that they will never get worse. B4Stage4 means more than thinking that someone on the edge of a crisis will always pull himself or herself back without our help, and praying that someone else will intervene before a crisis occurs.

B4Stage4 means, in part, talking about what mental illnesses feel like, and then acting on that information. It means giving voice to feelings and fears, and to hopes and dreams. It means empowering people as agents of their own recovery. And it means changing the trajectories of our own lives for the better, and helping those we love change theirs. So let’s talk about what life with a mental illness feels like, to voice what we are feeling, and so others can know they are not alone.

Mailing: PO Box 1648, Decatur, GA 30031
General information: 404.294.3834
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