Check out pilot in GA – Tweet from @StreetoutreachR & @AbeOudshoorn

You ask, we share some hope!

@StreetoutreachR: Why haven’t we done this yet? A ten year plan to address mental health and substance use in British Columbia

To answer your question, there’s a newly funded project in Georgia (Savannah Coastal area) brought on out of outrage that Governor was looking at closing Savannah’s unit of the Georgia Regional Hospital when forced with budget cuts!

NAMI Savannah & Georgia chapters with the community banded together & said NO. We will stand in the doors to stop the closing without somewhere for our mental health patients to go.

Read the press releases & announcements at – groundbreaking design with huge corporate & state matching grants ($4.3M so far) for a two years study with revolutionary peer support & case management systems & processes.

We are very interested in this program in South Georgia as it provides hope for the most chronically mentally ill & substance abusers in Georgia.

The model created will likely be adopted across the globe we believe & extended to more of our homeless & marginally served mentally ill & relapsing substance abusers we see on the streets leading less than productive lives.

Stay tuned here for more information as we engage & report on the progress. We plan on volunteering & supporting this most important & vital research study.

Other links of interest with more info:


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One Response to Check out pilot in GA – Tweet from @StreetoutreachR & @AbeOudshoorn

  1. Marvin Heery says:

    Should’ve mentioned the name of the program: “Opening Doors to Recovery”!

    Sorry for that – you’d have had to go check the links to figure that out!

    Maybe it was subliminal 🙂 but please do get the full scoop. I know I didn’t do the program justice in my short remarks!

    The press alone is worth it & then the accolades from the Legislature, who were given a no-brainer in a proposal, put together with a lot of groundbreaking research by industry leaders, top medical professionals & educators at Emory & follow-on research support by other renowned educational institutions this program is headed for major successes on all fronts.

    The passion of the leaders is obvious if you get the pleasure to hear them one-on-one like we were very pleased & honored to do this week (last Thursday) at a surprise visit to the monthly Service Provider Meeting of the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless ( ).

    You see, when addressing the chronically homeless issues in any comminity, it is paramount that you address the deep recividism that is inherent in that population.

    So the Homeless Authority (as we call them in short) has a vested interest & crucial role to play. They have stepped up to the plate on this one!

    Congrats to all involved as well as especially Nora Lott Haynes & Mark Baggett, Executive Director of the Authority.

    All over NAMI in Georgia & Savannah we are blessed to have a compassionate & personally engaged set of leaders, workers, volunteers & activists.

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