MHA OF GEORGIA IS THE VOICE OF THE CONSUMER IN THE MOVEMENT FOR BETTER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, PREVENTION, EARLY INTERVENTION, AND DE-STIGMATIZATION
Since 1946, Mental Health America of Georgia has been the primary public policy voice for mental health across all 159 counties and at the State Capitol. We work tirelessly to protect the civil rights of mental health consumers and to promote access to quality mental health services for all Georgians. The principal way that we do this is through our Director of Advocacy and Policy Programing, who is the only mental health lobbyist in Georgia who does not represent a particular profession.
MHA Georgia works year-round with legislators and state agencies to inform policy decisions and create bold new initiatives to move Georgia toward being a national leader in mental health. In the past we have played a lead role in securing support for the Suicide Prevention Bill and the creation of the Department of Behavior Health and Developmental Disabilities. At MHA Georgia we do not rest on our past accomplishments, so please look at our current legislative priorities to see some of the issues that we are working on this session.
We have also been a part of the Amici Group (Friends of the Court) supporting the Department of Justice in the Olmstead settlement, and more recently we joined the Amici Group in the Department of Justice GNETS litigation.
Additionally, the Director of Advocacy and Policy Programming represents MHA of Georgia on many committees. Here is a listing of past and present collaborative partnerships:
- Georgia Behavioral Health Services Coalition
- Georgia Behavioral 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.