MHA of Georgia worked on legislation for the Mental Health Commissions of 1971, 1992, 2000 and 2008.
- MHA of Georgia played a lead role in securing funding and support for the Suicide Prevention Bill (2006). This Bill allowed funding for the Division of Public Health to study suicide in Georgia. Now, there is a budget line item allowing this work to continue.
- MHA of Georgia played a lead role in passing HB228 which established the new Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
- MHA of Georgia was part of the Amici Group (Friends of the Court) which supported the Department of Justice (DOJ) Settlement.
The Director of Public Policy & Advocacy represents MHA of Georgia on many committees. Here is a listing of past and present collaboration:
- Georgia Behavioral Health Services Coalition
- Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council
- National Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council
- Long Term Care Ombudsman Council
- Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression Advisory Board
- Mental Health Olmsted committee
- Department of Justice work committee
- Mental Health America’s Regional Advocacy Council
- Task Force on Criminal Justice/Mental Health Collaboration
- Coalition United for a Responsible Budget
- Age, Blind, and Disabled, Department of Community Health Medicaid Committee
- Georgia Recovery Initiative
MHA of Georgia’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy plays an active role in helping to plan and support local and national conferences related to mental health, as well as serving as a guest speaker at a variety of meetings and conferences.