Monthly Archives: November 2016

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Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

A new Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns.  Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.

“Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.”

This report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. The report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drug misuse, with chapters dedicated to neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems integration and recommendations for the future. It provides an in-depth look at the science of substance use disorders and addiction, calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the issue, and recommends actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions, and promote recovery.

Download the report here.

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Crossroads Holiday Bazaar

Shop homemade this holiday season at Crossroad’s Holiday Bazaar.

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Friday, December 9, 2016
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bohan Auditorium
445 Winn Way
Decatur, Georgia 30030

Purchase original art, jewelry and handcrafts created by individuals receiving services from DeKalb CSB.

For more information contact 404-370-7460.

Crossroad’s is a program of DeKalb CSB that provides recovery focused peer services to adults diagnosed with mental illness. The program promotes socialization, recovery, self-advocacy, and community living skills. Click here to learn more about DeKalb CSB’s Crossroads Program.

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Brighter DeKalb Foundation to Participate in Georgia Gives Day – 11/17/16

The Brighter DeKalb Foundation will be participating in the 5th annual Georgia Gives Day on November 17, 2016, in an effort to raise funding to serve individuals receiving behavioral health and developmental disability services provided by the DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB).

The mission of Georgia Gives Day is to inspire individuals to donate to participating nonprofits with the goal of raising as much money as possible within a 24-hour period. GAgivesday.org makes donating easy by organizing hundreds of nonprofits across the state onto one website, providing the information people need to select a cause or charity of their choice, and enabling online donations by credit card or e-check.

The Brighter DeKalb Foundation is a nonprofit organization in metro-Atlanta that supports the behavioral health and developmental disability services provided by the DeKalb CSB. DeKalb CSB provides a full range of community-based public mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services in DeKalb County, Georgia. Donations made to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation will fund developmental disability and behavioral health programs, which provided services to more than 11,000 uninsured and underinsured youth and adults in 2015.

To learn more about how to you can donate to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation and to learn more about Georgia Gives Day, please visit www.gagivesday.org/c/GGD/a/dekcsb

About DeKalb CSB
Founded in 1994, DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health, substance abuse 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). Learn more about DeKalb Community Service Board at www.dekcsb.org.

About Brighter DeKalb Foundation
Brighter DeKalb Foundation is a nonprofit organization in metro-Atlanta established to help youth and adults reclaim their lives by supporting the full continuum of behavioral health and developmental disability services provided by the DeKalb Community Service Board (DeKalb CSB).

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November Board Meeting Announced

The November 17th 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 Community Engagement 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 15, 2016 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.

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

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