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Carter Center Mental Health Forum to Address Policy in Georgia and Children's Issues

ATLANTA… New research about the needs of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, will be released during the 20th annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 15, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Carter Center in Atlanta. This event is open to the public, but registration is required.

The Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum, established in 1995, is held each May to address a timely mental health policy issue facing the state. Service providers, policymakers, advocates, and consumers from across Georgia are invited to participate in open discussions on diverse topics.

For the past five years, the Georgia Forum also has been an opportunity to update local stakeholders on progress toward building a quality and sustainable behavioral health system in the state as required by a settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the State of Georgia in 2010.

In addition, the forum will provide an update on whether best practices for the diagnosis and treatment of young children with ADHD are available and being used in Georgia. ADHD statewide trends and one strategy that the state is using to create an impact with the Georgia Families 360o population will be discussed.

Finally, there will be an opportunity to learn about the Northwest Georgia System of Care and Region of Hope, a project that Casey Family Programs and The Carter Center Mental Health Program are embarking on that looks at the behavioral health needs of Children in Need of Services, or CHINS, in that area of the state.

Editor's Note:
Media wishing to attend the Georgia Forum must RSVP by May 14 at 5 p.m. to Rennie Sloan (404-420-5129,

The general public are encouraged to register to attend this event, which will take place in the Ivan Allen Pavilion of The Carter Center at 453 Freedom Parkway. Additional details are available here.

During the forum, you can follow the conversation on Twitter using #GaMH15.


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A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in over 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.

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