Cobb CSB has new board member

Pete Quinones, CEO of  MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service and community joins the Cobb County CSB, replacing former board member and retired educator Judi Snelson, whose term ended Dec. 31, 2017 He will join board chair Dr. Carol Holtz, a distinguished lecturer and current professor of nursing at Kennesaw State University; board vice-chair W. Wyman Pilcher III,…

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage.’ ”

Alcohol Awareness Month  “Changing Attitudes:  It’s not a ‘rite of passage.’ ” Alcohol and drug use by young people is extremely dangerous, both to themselves and to society, and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors, even for those who may never develop a…

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DBHDD Makes Changes to the I/DD Planning list Process

March 6, 2018March 6, 2018 by Georgia DBHDD DBHDD Commissioner’s Corner 03/06/2018 Greetings!  Over the next few months, I will be highlighting some of the exciting transformation efforts underway throughout DBHDD.  We are a department on the move! The Division of Developmental Disabilities has been at the center of our efforts to transform.  We have…

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Some Medicare Recipients Targeted for Fraud

Starting April 1, Medicare will be changing all current Medicare cards from using Social Security numbers to alphanumeric ID numbers. Marietta Police said in a statement they have received notification that fraudsters are calling some Medicare recipients and trying to scam them out of money. The department offers the following tips to Medicare recipients: –…

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Bright Changes Clubhouse Graduation

Thirteen students in the Bright Changes Clubhouse program of the Cobb and Douglas Counties Community Services Boards (CDCSB) graduated into transitional care on a recent Friday. The program provides mental health care for students in area schools with school-based, after-school, and summer services. Captain Donnie L. Cochran, U.S. Navy (Retired) congratulates a member. The Friday…

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Mental Health in Adolescents

Important mental health habits—including coping, resilience, and good judgment—help adolescents to achieve overall wellbeing and set the stage for positive mental health in adulthood. Mood swings are common during adolescence. However, approximately one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental disorder, such as depression and/or anxiety disorders. Friends and family can watch for warning signs…

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The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

The Exercise Prescription for Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and MoreEveryone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you…

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Georgia Legislation

Georgia General Assembly Update     It is busy at the Capitol. Jan. 9, marked the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session. This was the first of f the  2017-2018 legislative cycle. Members of the Georgia General Assembly are studying, discussing and introducing new bills and, in the next two years, some of these bills will…

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Therapy Pets and Humans with Mental Health Issues

Animal lovers already know how good it feels to interact with their pet. Now research has shown that this positive effect can also be applied in a therapeutic setting. Leveraging the power of pets is becoming a vital tool in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions and disorders [I] – particularly those associated…

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