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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.

Berry's address at the FDHA's 3rd Annual Summit is the first of an impressive list of presenters.

The summit's theme answers the question: Who Does Mental Health Affect? Respected physicians, published scientists, respected directors of substance abuse programs and researchers with present cutting edge information on all aspects of the topic.

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.

The summit will conclude with a public forum moderated by the president and CEO of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice. Special forum guests include two former United States Secretaries of Health, Dr. David Satcher and Dr. Regina Benjamin.

The FDHA's 3rd Annual Health Summit takes place December 8th, 2014 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The kick-off breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. Morning sessions run from 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. A separate working lunch seminar explains ways to access available mental health resources. Afternoon sessions start at 1:15 pm. and end at 2:30 pm., with the public forum going from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sessions are free of charge but registration is required to attend. For information about the summit contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 404-334-3680 or register at

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