Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mental Health First Aid Training

Georgia State University, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education, is offering free training on Youth Mental Health First Aid. This training is offered to all adults (eg., parents, educators, clergy, first responders) who interact with adolescents. 
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program that:
  • introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns in adolescents
  • builds understanding of the importance of early intervention
  • teaches individuals how to help an adolescent experiencing a mental health challenge
  • teaches participants how to select interventions and provide initial help
  • teaches participants how to connect young people to mental health clinicians
They will be hosting two YMHFA trainings on Friday, November 30th and Friday, December 14th at Georgia State University.
You can register for this free training using the registration link below or by contacting Camara Gregory at or 404-413-9577.
YMHFA Registration Link: 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Survey for Independent Living Needs and Recovery Needs in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is the government agency that administers programs for people with mental illness, with addictive disease, or with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  It's a big department!  They are currently conducting a survey on statewide needs in Georgia; this short survey is an opportunity for you to give input, so please take a few minutes to share your opinion!
Identifying Independence and Recovery Needs in Georgia

Monday, November 26, 2018

Training in Special Education Law

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy training sessions are a great opportunity to learn the basics of special education law, as well as strategies for IEP meetings and tips for working with teachers to support your child.  Pete Wright is a good teacher!  I've attended this workshop myself and recommend it.  There is a training coming to Macon next February 21; there is a registration fee, but this is first time they've held a training in Georgia in a long time, so take advantage of the opportunity if you can!  For more information, visit this link:

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Big Hearts at Bat!

Many Oconee County students and families are part of Extra Special People (ESP), a community organization here in Watkinsville that's dedicated to supporting people with disabilities.  Want to learn more about ESP, and participate in one of the best evenings of the year?  Plan to attend the Big Hearts Pageant at the Classic Center in Athens, on Saturday, February 9!  This year the theme is Big Hearts At Bat; check out the promo video HERE:
Tickets are on sale now, and the Big Hearts Pageant sells out every year, so get your tickets early!