Resources

Health Insurance Marketplace ( National)
When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there’ll be a new way for individuals, families and small businesses to get health insurance. Whether you’re uninsured, or just want to explore new options, the Marketplace will give you more choice and control over your health insurance options.

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Could your kids be at risk for substance abuse? family_checkup_badge

Families strive to find the best ways to raise their children to live happy, healthy and productive lives.  Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others, including the abuse of prescription drugs.  Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs. Click the picture and take the Family Check Up!

Mental Health Fact Sheets

The publications listed below are provided by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and include strategies for promoting mental health. These publications are for informational purposes only, and are not intended as a substitute for clinical care. Please note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the fact sheets. If you do not have the required software, please click on the image below to download a free copy.

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 Picture1 ANXIETY DISORDERS: A detailed booklet that describes the symptoms, causes and treatments of the major anxiety disorders. It also includes information on getting help and coping. (2009)
 Picture2 GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER:  An easy-to-read booklet on generalized anxiety disorder that explains what it is, when it starts, how long it lasts, and how to get help. (2007)

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BIPOLAR DISORDER: A detailed booklet that describes the symptoms, causes and treatment of Bipolar Disorder. It also includes information on getting help and coping. (2009)
 Picture4 DEPRESSION:  A detailed booklet that describes the symptoms, causes and treatment of Depression. Also includes information on getting help and coping. (2007)
 Picture5 MEDICATIONS:  A detailed booklet that describes the medications for treating mental disorder. It includes a comprehensive list of medications. (2008)
 Picture6 OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD): An easy-to-read booklet on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that explains what it is, when it starts, how long it lasts, and how to get help.  (2006)
 Picture7 SCHIZOPHRENIA:  A detailed booklet that describes symptoms, causes and treatments of Schizophrenia. It also includes information on getting help and coping. (2009)
 Picture8 SUICIDE IN AMERICA – FAQs:  A brief overview of the statistics on depression and suicide with information on depression treatments and suicide prevention

 Austism – Tool Kits (see more on the website)

  • 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children
  • 100 Day Kit for School Age Children
  • Advocacy Tool Kit
  • Autism and Medication: Safe and Careful Use
  • Guide to Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism
  • Parent’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit

https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents http://autism.sesamestreet.org/

Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/sensory-overload-while-shopping.html

Resources for Military Families

http://www.militaryfamily.org/info-resources/efmp-special-needs.html

Academic Accommodation Resources

http://www.washington.edu/doit/academic-accommodations-students-learning-disabilities

Estate Planning for Parents of Special Needs Kids https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/estate-planning-for-parents-of-children-with-autism


HIPPA
The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for individually identifiable health information held by covered entities and their business associates and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.

The Security Rule specifies a series of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for covered entities and their business associates to use to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information.

Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities – The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides treatment and support services to people with behavioral health challenges and addictive diseases, and assists individuals who live with developmental disabilities.

Article about “Psychiatric Workforce Needs and Recommendations for the Community Mental Health System: A State Needs Assessment“. Similar to other states, Georgia is facing workforce challenges within its community mental health system. These issues may be exacerbated as implementation of the Affordable Care Act expands demand for behavioral health services. Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities commissioned a needs assessment to examine the shortage of prescribing providers (psychiatrists, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants) in the state’s public mental health system. A unique partnership of key stakeholders developed and conducted the mixed-methods needs assessment at six of Georgia’s 27 community mental health centers serving more than 40,000 patients annually. The assessment documented challenges in recruiting and retaining psychiatrists and workforce shortages for all prescriber groups. The authors describe opportunities for optimizing the psychiatric workforce and training the next generation of community psychiatrists.

Cobb Community Transit (CCT) – Cobb Community Transit (CCT) is your number one public transportation option throughout Cobb County and to Downtown Atlanta via Fixed, Express or Paratransit services.

Cobb/Douglas Public Health – Since 1922, Cobb and Douglas Public Health has been dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and safety of our local community, state, region, and world through their wide reaching services.

Cobb 2020 – The Cobb County Community Services Board (CSB) is a proud partner of the Cobb2020 Partnership for a Healthier Cobb County. Check out what we are doing to make significant changes in building a healthier Cobb community!

Center for Family Resources – provides temporary financial assistance to stabilize families in crisis; housing for low-income and homeless families in a safe and secure environment; and education and training to individuals and communities to increase economic capacity and personal growth.

MUST Ministries – MUST provides a long list of services to area residents who are struggling. Those services include groceries, hot meals, emergency shelter, supportive housing, clothing, access to medical care, education and employment services, Summer Lunch and more.

Cobb County DFCS Office – Contact number is 770-528-5015

Cobb/Douglas Public Health – Since 1922, Cobb and Douglas Public Health has been dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and safety of our local community, state, region, and world through their wide reaching services.

The Pantry – The Pantry is a community food ministry that has been serving residents of the Douglas County community since 2007.

S.H.A.R.E. House Family Violence Crisis Center – S.H.A.R.E. House Douglas is a non-profit organization providing crisis intervention and the continuum of care to address the causes and effects of family violence.  770-949-0626

Douglas County Shelters – Douglas County Shelter is a homeless agency that provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for families and single women.

Douglas County DFCS Office – Contact number is 770-489-3000. CPS intake line is 770-947-7544.

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