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Celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

This May, DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) proudly joins the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH) to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.  Children’s Mental Health Week provides the opportunity to focus on this important matter, while celebrating the accomplishments of children and families affected by mental health concerns.

DeKalb CSB has offered children, youth, and young adults with mental or substance use disorders in DeKalb County the services and support they need to meet their goals at home, at school and in the community.

DeKalb CSB’s outpatient child and adolescent service provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children (ages 3-12) and adolescents (ages 13-18).  We offer assessment and treatment when children and adolescents have emotional, behavioral, substance use or mental health challenges.

If you would like to seek help or speak to someone about difficulties that your child or loved one may be experiencing, contact DeKalb CSB Central Access at 404-892-4646 to speak with an Intake Counselor.

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 nearly 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Learn more about DeKalb Community Service Board at

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Board Meeting Announced

May Board Meeting Announced

The May 25th 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, May 23, 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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DeKalb CSB Employee Spotlight – Carol Calvert, LPC, DeKalb Addiction Clinic

This April, DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) proudly joins the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) to celebrate Alcohol Awareness Month.  Alcohol Awareness Month in a national call to action to focus on a comprehensive approach to promote recovery and reduce underage drinking.

Carol Calvert is a full time clinician and therapist at DeKalb CSB’s DeKalb Addiction Clinic (DAC).   In her role at DAC, Carol conducts patient assessments and leads individual and group therapy.  Carol’s goal is to teach individuals the skills that they need to cope with life’s circumstances without using substances.  Carol has worked in this profession for 30 years, spending 20 years in the Department of Corrections.

“What motivates me to continue with this work is seeing the repeated devastation that addiction causes in families and individuals,” states Carol.  “Despite what society tells us, addiction and substance use is a disease of the brain.  The brain changes and is literally hijacked by addiction leaving it incapable of functioning in a way that it should.  With the proper treatment and support however, people do recover.”

What sets the DAC program apart from other treatment programs is its holistic approach to substance use treatment; providing the right treatment for individuals dealing with co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorder refers to the coexistence of both mental health and a substance use disorders. According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014.

In addition to the holistic approach to substance use treatment, DAC also provides a number of treatment options and programs that cater to each individual’s needs.

12-Step Program
DAC’s 12-step program plays a critical role for clients.  “All of our clients are required as a part of treatment to attend 12-step meetings weekly to establish a network of sober support that will be with them long after they complete treatment,” states Carol.  “The 12-step program offers individuals a blueprint for living a sober life.”

Family Education Group
DAC’s Family Education Group is for family members (parents, children, spouses, and significant others) of individuals in treatment.  The group provides family members with education about the disease of addiction and provides a space for family members to talk about their concerns.  Family members also learn how to support their loved one in recovery.

Addictive Disease Support Services
DAC has recovery coaches available to provide additional support to individuals in treatment, outside of their day to day treatment program.  Recovery coaches assist with transporting individuals to therapy provide moral support to individuals during their recovery journey, and links them to resources available in the community.

Established in 1998, DeKalb CSB’s DeKalb Addiction Clinic has served as the primary location for the delivery of addiction services to individuals in need. Located at 455 Winn Way in Decatur, Georgia, the center offers a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs to help 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 drug screening, family treatment sessions, and case management delivered in a warm and supportive setting.  Learn more by visiting us online at or calling 404-892-4646.

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HAMILTON - June 6, 1996 Illustration for teen drinking. Under age and under the influence: why do some teens drinks and how can parents deal with it? Story by Mary Pat Elliott Photo by Scott Gardner

Connecting the Dots

The need to provide meaningful education on the dangers of underage drinking and drug use here in Metro-Atlanta has never been greater. A few facts help to highlight that need:

  • Alcohol and drugs are the leading causes of crime among youth.
  • Alcohol and drugs are the leading factors in teenage suicide.
  • More than 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs.

Young people, like adults, drink alcohol for many different reasons. Some of the reasons may seem obvious, but understanding the feelings behind these reasons – as well as how everyday teen life comes into play – can be difficult.

Young people often drink to check out from family problems or issues with school and grades; loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety disorder and other mental health issues can contribute; they may drink to deal with the pressures of everyday social situations, to change their image or to fit in when moving to a new school or town; to gain confidence or lose inhibitions.

As kids get older and alcohol and drugs enter the picture, parents are faced with a unique set of challenges. They can simply sit back and hope their kids will “get through it,” or they can take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs – and helping their kids to do the same.

Parents can be a primary source of positive and reliable information. In fact, research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use these substances than those who don’t have such conversations.

And it is important to take advantage of “teachable moments” when parents and other adults can help kids connect the dots about underage drinking and drug use. It’s not so much about having “the big talk,” but about being there for them when the issues come up – on TV, at the movies, on the radio; about celebrities or sports figures, or about their friends.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, here are some guidelines that can help parents talk about alcohol and drug use:

Listen before you talk: For kids, knowing that someone is really listening is most important. Ask open-ended questions. Be involved. Be honest and open. Be positive: talking about these issues can build bridges rather than walls. And remember, addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that can be linked to family history and genetics. So, if you there is a family history of problems be matter of fact about it, as one would be with any other chronic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer.

“Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people,” says Andrew Pucher, President and Chief Executive Officer of NCADD, “and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop problems associated with it. That’s why it is so important to help your child connect the dots and make smart decisions about alcohol and drug use.”

So, this April DeKalb Community Service Board’s DeKalb Addiction Clinic is celebrating Alcohol Awareness Month by raising public awareness about underage drinking and encouraging parents to speak to their kids early and often about alcohol and other drugs.

For more information about Alcohol Awareness Month or the DeKalb Addiction Clinic contact 404-508-6430 or visit us online at

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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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Board Meeting Announced

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

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

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Holiday Hours



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 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 –
  • 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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