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Did you know... In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days long.
Source: Nikita Ivanovich Panin

Georgia Coalition on Older Adults & Behavioral Health

In July 2014, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and the Division of Aging Services (DAS) entered into an agreement with the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, Emory University to strengthen Georgia’s system of care for the growing older adult population with severe and persistent mental illnesses.   This Agreement was later extended to include Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and in 2017, The Carter Center.  A staff member from DBHDD and DAS have time committed to this work.    

The Georgia Coalition on Aging and Behavioral Health (GCOABH) whose membership consists of staff from DBHDD, DAS, DCH, DPH, CDC, and numerous other organizations and people interested in the needs of this population including family members and older adults, has led efforts to cross train the aging network and the public mental health system regarding both systems of care and how to access services.  Extensive training regarding Recovery in older adults, decision making capacity in persons with mental illness and dementia, and care coordination across systems has taken place and efforts are also underway to improve the direct care of this vulnerable population through local partnerships between aging services providers and public behavioral health service providers.


Atlanta Area Coalition on Aging and Mental Health● Atlanta Care Home Care●Atlanta Regional Commission – Area Agency on Aging●Caring Together, Inc. ●Center for Disease Control (CDC) ●Emory University - Fuqua Center for Late-Life DepressionE●thica Health and Retirement Facility●Faith Health Services Norcross●Georgia Council on Aging (GCOA) ●Georgia Council on Substance Abuse●Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities●Georgia Department of Community Health - Division of Public Health● Georgia Department of Community Health - Division of Medicaid Aging and Special Populations●Georgia Department of Human Services - Division of Aging Services●Georgia Department of Public Health – Injury Prevention and STD●Georgia Medical Care Foundation/ Alliant Quality●Mental Health America of Georgia ●NAMI Georgia ●Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman●Older Adult●Older Adult Family Member●Refugee Mental Health●Region 3 DBHDD Office●Region 5 DBHDD Office●Rollins School of Public Health●Southwest Georgia Council on Aging (SOWEGACOA)●Three Rivers AAA

All GCOABH meetings are scheduled to place at the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services, Two Peachtree Street, N.W., 33rd Floor, Room 33-389 from 2:00 until 3:30 P.M.on the second Monday of every other month.   

You can also attended via Conference Call by dialing 1-866-469-3239.  Attendee Code 25039111 followed by #

 2018 Meeting Dates 

 Monday January 8 - By Conference Call  

 Monday March 12 

 Monday May 14 - CANCELLED


 Monday July 9


 Monday September 10  RESCHEDULED for October 15, 2018


 Monday November 12 (Veteran’s Day so will need to be rescheduled) 


Click Here for 2018 Meeting Minutes


July 10, 2018


March 12, 2018 


January 8, 2018 


Click Here for to link Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers in Georgia  

Click Here for 2017 Minutes

October 16, 2017

July 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

January 9, 2017

Click Here for 2016 Minutes

November 14, 2016

September 12, 2016 and CSB Survey Results

July 11, 2016

May 16, 2016

March 24, 2016

January 11, 2016

Click Here for 2015 Meeting Minutes:

November 9, 2015

September 14, 2015

July 13, 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday January 12, 2015

Click Here for 2014 Meeting Minutes:

November 12, 2014

October 15, 2014

September 8, 2014

August 11, 2014

July 14, 2014

June 9, 2014

April 14, 2014

 March 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

January 13, 2014

Click Here for White Paper, Older Adults with Mental Illness and Dementia: First Steps Towards an Improved System of Care  

Click Here for Slides from Webinar National Council on Aging (NCOA) Suicide and the Older Adult

Click Here for Slides from Webinar NCOA Integrating Aging Services and Behavioral Health: Key Resources You Should Know About May 28, 2015

June 17, 2015 ADRC Healthy Communities Pre-Conference Intensive, Building Capacity to Care for Older Adults with Mental Illness
Click Here for Slides -Introduction to Concept of Recovery and Older Adults with Mental Illess - Mark Baker, CPS, Director of Receovery Transformation, DBHDD
Click here for Slides - Overview of Public MH System Services/Access to Care, Jennie Northcutt, DBHDD Transition Services Coordinator

Click Here for 2015 NCMHA Resource List

Click Here for March 31, 2015 Slides - Basics of Medicare Part I - Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Continuing Education - Part I of a Series for New Medicare Providers

In Memoriam - Doris Marie Clanton 
December 11, 1951 - June 20, 2013

Written by Dr. James Bulot, Director, Division of Aging Services, June 21, 2013

 Dear Colleagues, 

Some of you may know that Doris had been battling a recurrence of cancer.  I am sorry to announce that Doris has passed away.  Though she remained very private and stoic in her battle, she remained committed to the Division of Aging Services, continuing to work throughout her treatments.   Her work ethic was unparalleled - she worked nights, weekends, holidays and vacations - as those of us on the receiving end of her email can attest!   Even when she was no longer able to drive, she continued to be available to many of us for counseling and guidance. In addition to her interest in aging, Doris had a passion for Mental Health Services for Older Adults.  Until her death, she was the driving force behind the Georgia Coalition on Older Adults and Mental Health and was my constant conscience on mental health issues, keeping them at the forefront of what we did at DAS.  I personally always admired her devotion to her mother - Doris spent every available moment she had driving to Tennessee to take care of her Mom. In the midst of her struggles, she felt she still needed to be there for her!  Doris will be missed by many - we lost a friend, advocate and advisor.  Please keep her Mom, family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.   


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