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GACSB’s 19th Annual Educational Exchange: Vendor Registration Release!


Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 11:00AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 2:00PM


Chateau Elan Resort
100 Rue Charle¬magne
Braselton, GA 30517


Dear Friend:

You are cordially invited to the 19th Annual Educational Exchange of the Georgia Association of Community Service Boards, Inc (GACSB) scheduled for October 23-25, 2016 at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia.

The Educational Exchange brings a common perspective to professionals and advocates providing Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases services in Georgia.

Please consider how your organization can help equip our members to be even more efficient and successful in an increasingly competitive market.

The format for this year’s conference is specially designed to create more exposure for your organization and increased interaction with decision makers.

Learn More by viewing our Event Landing Page & Register Now!

We appreciate your consideration and look forward to seeing you in October!


Robyn Garrett
Executive Director


NEW HORIZONS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ANNOUNCES NEW MEDICAL DIRECTOR – Another innovative step in support of our Mission to provide accessible, high quality care that leads to a life of recovery and independence for persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases.


New Horizons Behavioral Health, the area’s leading provider of mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive disease services is pleased to welcome Edward A. Minor, MD to our leadership team. After 15 years of practicing psychology in the State of Georgia, all of them with New Horizons Behavioral Health serving as the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Minor has assumed the position of Medical Director with New Horizons. In this role, Dr. Minor will be responsible for clinical and process oversight of peer review services. Additionally, he will be instrumental in the development of further support, consulting and educational services.


“The challenges faced by our individuals today are complex. Dr. Minor provides not only clinical expertise, but invaluable clinical staff leadership experience,” said Andrea Winston, Executive Director of New Horizons. “Dr. Minor has earned a reputation as a passionate and dynamic psychiatrist, and we are enthusiastic to welcome him to this new leadership role within New Horizons.”


New Horizons serves over 7,000 consumers each year throughout the southern region of Georgia.  Dr. Minor will manage an eight county area of Southwest Georgia to include Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Clay, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart and Talbot Counties.


Today’s community based behavioral health service providers are busier than they’ve ever been. They must navigate increasingly intricate challenges and balance priorities and pressures. New Horizons believes that physician leadership and engagement is imperative to an effective credible peer review process which provides the best care to individuals receiving services.


“As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Practitioner, I realize the importance of early intervention and effective treatment for our youth and young adults,” said Dr. Minor.


Dr. Minor received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Georgia; his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Georgia; and completed his residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia. He is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Georgia and South Carolina.


If you would like more information about this subject please contact Susan Gallagher at 706-596-5517 or sgallagher@nhbh.org.


We are proud to share a media clip of a story published by the Times-Courier in Ellijay about a community garden at Highland Rivers’ Gilmer Recovery and Wellness Center. Members of the Gilmer peer support group have participated in the planting and harvesting of the garden, which will benefit both the group members and the Gilmer Food Bank. An individual who participates in the Gilmer peer program was interviewed for the article, along with one of the peer program group leaders and community volunteers!


We are proud to share some recent media coverage of Highland Rivers Health! Three of the clips are relate to the CSB’s recent hire of Debbie Strotz as director of operations and recovery services – note the excellent messaging about recovery in the piece from the Catersville paper (it also appeared on the front page of yesterday’s print edition)!

We’d also like to release two (2) clips from an article published in the April Wall Street Journal about addiction counselors that featured quotes from CEO, Melanie Dallas, and photos from the Highland Recovery Center in Jasper have also been included.

What’s this?! Pineland BHDD proudly joins Facebook in efforts of promoting their mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse services! Like and follow them today by searching Facebook for Pineland Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities.

Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia provides a “PATH out of homelessness.” Program paves road back home.

Read the full Valdosta Daily Times Article Here.

DBHDD Appoints Dr. Mark Johnson to lead Gateway BHS as CEO effective November 16th!

Serenity wins GRU Psychiatry Department Community Partner of the Year Award!

DeKalb CSB congratulates Gary Richey on his retirement and welcomes Dr. Joseph Bona as CEO.

Highland Rivers Health proudly announces the Chair and Vice Chair appointments to the board. Read more HERE.

Cobb County CSB and Douglas County CSB Announces their Interim Director. Read more HERE.

Highland Rivers Health Proudly Announces Appointment of Melanie Dallas to Chief Executive Director position.


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