Gov. Nathan Deal signed a measure into law Wednesday that creates a mental health division within the court system. The goal is to divert more people to treatment and not to jail. Also signed by the Governor, legislation that gives senior citizens greater options to stay and age in assisted living homes.
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.
Georgia is in the process of reforming its mental health system after a federal lawsuit challenged poor conditions in state psychiatric hospitals. But students from the Medical College of Georgia are hoping to bring about changes at the street level by helping homeless people deal with mental illness before ending up in a state hospital.
State lawmakers are at The Biennial Institute Conference in Athens this week to prepare for the 40 day legislative session. Aside from training for new lawmakers, conferees may also get a glimpse of the proposed tax code.
As Georgia faces a federal lawsuit calling for sweeping changes to the state’s mental health system many mentally ill inmates are being held in county jails. That's because Georgia’s psychiatric hospitals don’t have enough room.