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State Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is Kick-Off Speaker

Frank Berry Opens with Remarks at FDHA Summit Breakfast

(15 Sept 2014) Frank Berry, the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities for the State of Georgia will speak at the breakfast kick-off of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority's 3rd Annual Health Summit.

Berry became BHDD commissioner in 2012. He has expressed one of his goals to be operating a department that provides a high-quality health care for individuals with behavioral health challenges or developmental disabilities. He sees switching health care delivery from an institutional to a community-based system of care as one way to accomplish this objective.

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Grady CEO Joins Two Former U.S. Surgeon Generals as Public Forum Guest

John Haupert Answers Questions from the Public about Mental Illness

The Chief Executive Officer or Grady Health Systems will take questions from attendees during the 3rd Annual Health Summit sponsored by the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority. The FDHA's theme for the summit is: Who Does Mental Health Affect? It will take place December 8, 2014 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The summit will start with a breakfast address from the state commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Frank Berry. Then, morning and afternoon seminars will address how to help veterans cope with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome); describe signs of behavioral problems in children, explain why primary care physicians need information about mental health disease and discuss ways to combat dementia in aging populations, along with several other topics.

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FDHA Announces Central Topic of 3rd Annual Health Summit

Mind Matters: Who Does Mental Illness Affect Discussed Dec. 8, 2014

(August 25, 2014) Parents who want to know if behaviors their children display are signs of mental illness; family members who don't know how to help former inmates with emotional problems; military veterans struggling with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and explanations of how the mentally ill impact the crisis of homelessness in the Atlanta area are among the major topics reviewed at the 3rd Annual FDHA Health Summit.

The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority hosts the day long event at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2014. It will feature presenters who are ranked as some of the most respected experts in their fields. Sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. a live forum, that will be broadcast, allows members of the public to directly question some of the presenters. Internationally known health professionals such as Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States and the 18th Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin are participants. The State Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Disabilities, Frank Berry will open the summit with remarks presented at breakfast.

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The FDHA Opts to Ignite Change with Support of youthSpark

Sex trafficking of children is a known problem in Atlanta, GA. youthSpark, a non profit organization created in 2000, fights to eliminate the problem. youthSpark is based at the Fulton County Juvenile Court and offers early intervention and youth empowered education services for high risk girls, abused and neglected youth. The organization also sponsors a program giving victims of these crimes a chance to speak for themselves through, youthSpark Voices.

On October 18th the youthSpark holds its annual RUNBIKERUN event to raise money and awareness. It's called the ROUTE TO CHANGE Duathlon and starts at the World Congress Center at 7:30 a.m. The day of awareness features something new in 2014: a 5K run. It will also offer the traditional 15 mile bike ride.

The ROUTE2CHANGE event is chaired by two dynamic community leaders, Lovette Russell and Stephanie V. Blank.

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The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority promotes the health of the greater Atlanta community. Governed by a ten member Board of Trustees appointed by the commissioners of Fulton and DeKalb counties, the Authority is committed to working to meet the healthcare needs of the residents of Fulton and DeKalb counties through oversight of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation.

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