Dollars & Sense A Series of Financial Strategies for Women

Black Oak Asset Management is hosting a monthly luncheon for LADIES ONLY.  Each month Josh McWhorter will be discussing a topic pertaining to personal finances, and what ladies should know.  Lunch is FREE, but please RSVP. 


8th Luncheon 

 Wednesday, June 6th

11:30 – 1:00

Cartersville Country Club


RSVP by MONDAY, June 4 to: or 770-382-5792

LIMITED seating available!

Training AnnouncementThe Drive to Work: Promoting Mental Health Recovery through Employment

Numerous studies have shown the benefits of employment to mental health recovery.   Yet in Georgia and across the nation far too many mental health consumers are unemployed, despite their stated desire to work.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created a special initiative to assist states in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health disorders. Georgia was one of 9 states selected by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) to participate.  Through this initiative, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), in partnership with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMCHN) is pleased to invite you to a statewide forum to learn and explore ways to increase employment opportunities for Georgians recovering from mental illness.


Participants will learn:

v  Principles & outcomes associated with successful employment of people living with severe mental illness.

v  How the behavioral health system can support individuals in recovery through employment.

v  How the U.S. Department of Labor and other states are increasing employment opportunities for individuals with mental illness.

v  What Georgians are doing and how we can do more to increase employment opportunities for Georgians with mental illness.


Intended Audience:

DBHDD contracted Behavioral Health providers, including CEOs, Clinical Directors,  Directors of Supported Employment, Peer Support and Psychiatric Rehabilitation services; ACT Team Leads,  Vocational Specialists and Certified Peer Specialists;  DBHDD State & Regional Office staff; Vocational Rehabilitation State Office and Regional Office staff; Certified Peer Specialists, Mental Health Advocates; Consumers and Family Members.


            Date:               Friday, June 8, 2012

            Time:               10:00-4:00; Onsite check-in 9:30 am


            Place:             The Cypress Room at the Carter Center

                                    One Copenhill
                                    453 Freedom Parkway
                                    Atlanta, GA 30307                                                                                                                                


 Lunch provided. Pre-registration required. Complete attached form to register by June 4, 2012.


Keynote Speakers:


Lisa A. Razzano, PhD, CPRP

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Chicago at Illinois

Director of Education and Training Programs, UIC Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy


Providing leadership for multiple federally funded studies, including the Employment Intervention Demonstration Project (EIDP), Dr. Razzano is recognized internationally as an expert on mental health, psychiatric rehabilitation, and services research, with particular expertise in vocational rehabilitation and employment.    She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, and training materials on psychiatric rehabilitation and received several awards for her contributions to the field. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal; an elected member (and former chair) of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) Research Committee, and has been elected to the USPRA Executive Board through 2012.


Chris Button, PhD

Supervisory Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP),

U.S. Department of Labor


Dr. Button’s 35-year career in the disability arena includes work as a legislative aide on disability issues in the US Senate and as senior management within a private national disability nonprofit organization. As Supervisory Policy Advisor on the Adult Policy Team at ODEP, Dr. Button leads team activities in policy analysis, research, and program design and implementation to identify and develop policy directions, develop and expand best practices, and secure stakeholder collaboration. The focus of her work is on the removal of structural, policy, and other workforce barriers to employment for people with disabilities. The overall goal is to increase employment opportunities and ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce. She has also worked as a special education teacher, school administrator, and university instructor.


Registration Instructions: Please complete the attached form and email or fax to GMHCN at  or 404-687-0772.


Deadline:  COB Monday, June 4, 2012


There are no CEUs available for this training.


Seating is limited.


For additional information please contact Lori Wade at 404-687-9487 or (800) 297-6146.




Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive!           -Howard Thurman



Tina G. Grubbs

Executive Director

Bartow Collaborative


475 East Main Street

# 218

Cartersville, Georgia 30121