Patient advocates and providers are using words like “devastating,” “catastrophic” and “disaster” to describe to fallout of possibly losing Grady Health System’s mental health program. The mental health program, nevertheless, could be on the chopping block as the Atlanta safety net provider confronts nearly $100 million in funding cuts.
Officials with the Carter Center say efforts to expand mental health services in Liberia have reached a key milestone, with 100 clinicians now providing services to all 15 counties in the African nation.
The US Army is using a study involving 21,000 soldiers at Ft. Stewart to implement new mental health policies. Psychiatrists gave a group of Georgia-based soldiers additional mental health screenings before deploying to Iraq. Army psychiatrists says, incidents of mental health problems went down by about half among soldiers who got the additional screening.
A state psychiatric hospital in Augusta is getting a new infusion of staff thanks to a partnership with the Medical College of Georgia. The effort comes as the state deals with a federal lawsuit calling for mental health reform.