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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Check out pilot in GA - Tweet from @StreetoutreachR & @AbeOudshoorn

You ask, we share some hope!

@StreetoutreachR: Why haven't we done this yet? A ten year plan to address mental health and substance use in British Columbia http://www.homelesshub.ca/Library/Healthy-minds-healthy-people-A-ten-year-plan-to-address-mental-health-and-substance-use-in-British-Columbia-50230.aspx

To answer your question, there's a newly funded project in Georgia (Savannah Coastal area) brought on out of outrage that Governor was looking at closing Savannah's unit of the Georgia Regional Hospital when forced with budget cuts!

NAMI Savannah & Georgia chapters with the community banded together & said NO. We will stand in the doors to stop the closing without somewhere for our mental health patients to go.

Read the press releases & announcements at http://namiga.org - groundbreaking design with huge corporate & state matching grants ($4.3M so far) for a two years study with revolutionary peer support & case management systems & processes.

We are very interested in this program in South Georgia as it provides hope for the most chronically mentally ill & substance abusers in Georgia.

The model created will likely be adopted across the globe we believe & extended to more of our homeless & marginally served mentally ill & relapsing substance abusers we see on the streets leading less than productive lives.

Stay tuned here for more information as we engage & report on the progress. We plan on volunteering & supporting this most important & vital research study.

Other links of interest with more info:

http://news.dbhdd.georgia.gov/portal/site/DBHDD-News/menuitem.e429305ad2099d1d6eff626ed03036a0/?vgnextoid=ece96a2183589210VgnVCM100000bf01010aRCRD&vgnextchannel=7485433ecba45210VgnVCM100000bf01010aRCRD

http://namiga.org/NAMI-docs/ODR_Project_Breif_Summary.pdf

http://www.bms.com/news/features/2010/Pages/mental_health_georgia.aspx

http://savannahnow.com/news/2011-03-07/state-uses-corporate-donations-mental-health-project

http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/fulltext/sr239.htm

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