CSBMG SHOUT OUT to Mandi Evans and the Soar Clubhouse Youth

Please give a rousing CSBMG SHOUT OUT to Mandi Evans and the Soar ClubhouseShoutOut Youth for being tapped by Sally Vander Straeten, DBHDD Suicide Prevention Coordinator, and Shevon Jones, the Prevention Specialist with the GBI Child Fatality Review Unit, to participate in the filming of a Public Service Announcement.  Our youth will join other youth from the Sources of Strength Team in Cobb County to participate in the production of the PSA.

Key messaging on how to deal with stress, connecting with trusted adults, where to turn for help and how to know when you friends need help are some of the common themes that will be highlighted in the PSA.  Our Sources of Strength Team will also have input into what key messages need to be conveyed in a peer-t-peer message.

Congratulations to Mandi and our Soar Clubhouse Youth Team on this recognition, and the honor of being able to participate in this important Public Service Announcement.

Congratulations to Alvin Moorman

Congratulations to Alvin Moorman, Fleet Coordinator, CSBMG Dublin, for getting a Perfect Score — 20 out of 20 points — for Tier 1 agencies for FY 18 Quarter 1!  This information comes from Ed Finnegan from the Office of Fleet Management, Department of Administrative Affairs (DOAS), State of Georgia!  Only one other agency (GA Lottery) received a perfect score.
We are proud of our staff!  Great work!

Imagine Hope, Inc. Annual Report

Vivian Hunter and staff at Quentin’s Place along with our Ogeechee Team led by Sharon Jacobs-Washington are highlighted in the recent Imagine Hope, Inc. Annual Report. In addition, I’d like to commend Cali Hollis for assisting with our Dublin Division’s numbers. Way to go, Team! You all have done an awesome job this year!

Vivian Hunter and her colleagues at
Quentin’s Place
tested 282 – up by 137%.

Sharon Jacobs-Washington, HIV EIS
Coordinator for Ogeechee
and her team tested 318 clients this year – up 89%.

26th Annual GMHCN Consumer Conference

It was an uplifting day, and an honor for our agency to have been chosen as the recipient for the Peer Program of the Year award.  We are humbled by this, and pledge to continue to move forward with innovative programming and services to those in our communities, as well as to continue the transformative work of recovery. 

Inscription from the Award

DUBLIN, GA August 24, 2017

Overview of the Peer Programs

The Community Service Board of Middle Georgia (Independence House, Laurens County Site) serves an average of 40 individuals in our Peer Support program, employing an average of 10 individuals in our Supported Employment Program and an additional eight staff members who are Certified Peer Specialists working in the peer/psr programs. People with lived experience help with all aspects of services from treatment planning to facilitating groups and providing transportation. Peers also run an agency wide car wash that’s open to the public. Profits from the car wash are used to benefit the day service programs. We are also proud to mention that we began our first peer emerging adult group in 2014 out of our outpatient clinic. We have received Emerging Adult Support Services Supplemental Grants since 2014 which has allowed us to assist Emerging Adults in finding housing, enroll in GED/college classes, complete CPS/CPS-Y training, provide medication assistance, meals, and in seeking employment as well as assisting those Emerging Adults who present on crisis.   A comprehensive Emerging Adult Peer Support Program was launched in June of 2016 to serve young adults ages 16-26 years of age. The services we provide are Peer Support groups, PSR-I, WHAM, Individual/Family Therapy, and CSI. In November 2016 we opened “The Den” as a program space specific to our Emerging Adults. The Community Service Board of Middle Georgia (The Lighthouse, Emanuel County Ogeechee Division site) also serves an average of 13 individuals in our Peer Support program. Some community activities include designing a t-shirt for the 2017 Respect in Recovery 5K (DBHDD) and attending various recovery rallies. There are two Certified Peer Specialists who facilitate groups. Additionally, our very own Danny Coleman has organized a community-wide recovery event at the Swainsboro Boneyard for a number of years which is well attended and open to peers, advocates, community partners, and stakeholders.  Our agency embraces a strong belief in recovery and, furthermore, believes in people with lived experience. We are honored to be chosen as Peer Program of the Year and thank you for recognizing our efforts.