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DeKalb Community Service Board Releases Annual Impact Report

The DeKalb Community Service Board is very pleased to announce the availability of its 2016 Annual Impact Report.

“This report reflects the excellent work of our staff, supporters, volunteers, community partners, and board members,” said Dr. Joseph Bona, Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb CSB. “Through these collaborations DeKalb CSB was able to assist over 11,000 individuals in our community challenged with mental illnesses, addictions and developmental disabilities. Together, we provided hope for recovery, health and independence to those in need.”

DeKalb CSB’s Annual Impact Report provides a glimpse into some of the evidence-based programs and services used to treat 11,099 individuals in 2016, 45 percent of which were uninsured.  “The report highlights the impact of our programs, initiatives, and dedicated employees that make it possible to proudly uphold DeKalb CSB’s vision of creating a community in which disabilities no longer limit potential,” said Dr. Bona.

To manage costs, hard copies of the report will not be distributed broadly; however a PDF version of the report can be found here on our website.

 

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March Board Meeting Announced!

The March 23rd 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, March 21, 2017 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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Just Announced – TeleMental Training for Supervisors!

Register now for DeKalb CSB’s newest training – TeleMental Health Supervision Training:
Competent and Ethical Practice.  

This training is specifically designed to meet the needs of mental health practitioners who are, or plan to deliver TeleMental health supervision.

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The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:15pm at the Bohan Auditorium.

The workshop is organized to help supervisors develop an understanding of the key components necessary to supervise effective and efficient delivery of TeleMental health therapy.  This workshop will also help participants come into compliance with the State of Georgia’s TeleMental health continuing education requirements (TeleMental Health rule 153-11-01, October, 2015).

Register today for only $45!  Their is a $20 late fee for registrations received after March 15th.

 Limited seating is available.  Learn more and register today

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TeleMental Health Training Announced!

TeleMental Health Treatment and Ethics:
What Clinicians Need to Know

Saturday, March 4, 2017

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Presenter:
Jeff Ashby, Ph. D., ABPP
Bohan Auditorium, 445 Winn Way Decatur, GA 30030

Applied for Six (6) CEU ‘s approved for through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work.

Register today for the TeleMental Health Treatment and Ethics Training sponsored by DeKalb Community Service Board.

Dr. Jeff Ashby, Director of Georgia State University’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program will use case examples, discussion, and lecture, to help participants gain an understanding of the appropriate treatment and ethics associated with telemental health services.

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

    • Understand the treatment of internet dependency and related psychological problems.
    • Become familiar with the research related to telemental health services.
    • Learn the protocol for appropriate intake and informed consent.
    • Understand the various delivery methods of telemental health.
    • Become familiar with the theory integration needed to provide telemental health services.
    • Learn the protocol for appropriate treatment and termination using these services.
    • Understand the ethics and risk management strategies in telemental health.
    • Become familiar with the best practices in the business of telemental health.

>>> Learn More

Registration Details

Registration Fee – $65
$20 late fee after February. 20th.
No cost for DeKalb CSB employees.

For additional information contact:
Nicole Scales
404-508-7963
nicoles@dekcsb.org

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Holiday Hours

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FRIDAY, DEC. 23 – CLOSED
MONDAY, DEC. 26 – CLOSED
MONDAY, JAN. 2 – CLOSED

Contact 404-892-4646 for immediate assistance.
If your matter is life threatening call 911.

Happy Holidays!

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5 Ways to Support Mental Health in your Community

DeKalb Community Service Board is your connection to community mental health support. We know that everyone has mental health and that where mental illness exists, there is help. Our experience tells us that there is hope and recovery is possible.

We rely on your generosity to help us make this a reality. When you give to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation you become part of positive change in our community.

The Brighter DeKalb Foundation is a nonprofit organization in metro-Atlanta, Georgia, established to promote, advance and support the behavioral health and developmental disability services provided by DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB).

Your contribution impacts thousands of lives – whether individuals are seeking urgent mental health support, housing or family support or simply seeking to improve their lives.  Join us by supporting these services to bring hope and a brighter future to youth and adults in our community.

We hope that these ideas inspire you this holiday season. If you’re looking to keep the giving spirit going, please consider us as your charity partner for 2017!  Contact us at info@dekcsb.org to learn more.

Together, we can create a community in which disabilities no longer limit potential!

5-ways-to-support-holiday-season1. Give the gift of recovery, hope and health by donating today!

  • Give Online – www.BrighterDeKalbFoundation.org
  • Donate by Phone – 404-508-7875
  • Give by Check – Make checks payable to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation and mail them to 445 Winn Way, Room 474, Decatur, GA 30030
  • Donate Goods – 404-508-7875

2.  Share your voice!

We encourage our community to speak out about their own experiences, share their point of view with others and take action.  By lending your support you can show that this cause is important to you and desperately needed for millions of Americans.

3.  Bring holiday giving to work.

Adopt a charity by incorporating the Brighter DeKalb Foundation and DeKalb CSB into your holiday activities.  Collect cash, toiletries, coats or other items to donate to DeKalb CSB.  Review our Agency Needs List for ideas.

4.  Become a volunteer!

Get a group (10 or more) together for a service project.  Current opportunities include projects such as painting and landscaping at our homes for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Currently there are no individual volunteer opportunities available.

5.  Spread awareness!

Mental health issues in our communities are complex and challenging; but, by coming together and increasing our understanding and raising awareness, we can make a difference!  By supporting and talking about mental health you help to break down misconceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities.  Start by following and sharing our stories on DeKalb CSB Facebook, Brighter DeKalb Foundation Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

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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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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.

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Join DeKalb CSB at NAMI Walks 2016

Join the DeKalb CSB Team at NAMIWalks

NAMIWalks Georgia – 5K
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Grant Park, Atlanta
11:00 am
(Check In: 9:00-10:45 am)

DeKalb CSB is a proud sponsor and supporter of the 2016 NAMIWalks Georgia! NAMIWalks is NAMI’s largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in the country! Through NAMIWalks public display of support for people with mental health challenges, we are changing how Americans view mental illness.

We are inviting all DeKalb CSB staff, family and friends to join together as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time. Join the DeKalb CSB Walk Team  and help stomp out stigma!

Click here to register today and join the DeKalb CSB Walk Team!
Click here to learn more.

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General information: 404.294.3834
Appointments, referrals and crisis support: 404.892.4646

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