ACCG Mental Health Summit

Every Georgia county needs to have at least one person attend this upcoming ACCG event to ensure you are informed about the growing mental health and substance abuse issue and how it is impacting your community.

Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:  Goodwill’s Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, Georgia 31206

Final Mental Health Summit Agenda

Counties across Georgia are seeing the impact of mental health issues.   Changes to the way that people with mental illness and substance abuse issues are handled have created a cycle that is challenging county services:

  • Local law enforcement and public safety are increasing training for deputies and other first responders to prepare them for calls involving mentally ill patients
  • County jails are paying for high costs for psychotropic prescription drugs needed to treat people with mental illness
  • District attorneys and the court system are dealing with repeat offenders who often are limited in their ability to get out of this cycle
  • Many groups are looking for community-based solutions to get people the help that they need
  • Whether you are very familiar with this issue or just learning about its impacts to your county, you need to plan to attend the ACCG Mental Health Summit!

This summit is designed to help ACCG's newly-formed Mental Health Committee identify areas of needed improvement regarding the county commissioner's role in addressing the growing multi-faceted issue of mental health.  County commissioners are encouraged to attend and invite others from their county who are concerned about this issue (sheriffs, district attorneys, judges, etc.).

Presentations will address the depth and breadth of the mental health crisis in Georgia and provide insight and information on successful initiatives around the country. 


Speakers include:

  • Supreme Court Justice Michael Boggs 
  • Kim H. Jones, Executive Director of Georgia NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 
  • Nastassia Walsh, Program Manager, NACo
  • Robyn Garrett, Executive Director of the Community Service Board Association 
  • Judy Fitzgerald, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
  • Sheila Pierce, Director, Prescription Drug Management Program, Georgia Department of Public Health
  • William Trivelpiece, Drug Intelligence Officer, Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Program
  • Georgia Psychiatric Physician Association

The registration fee for this event is $25.  County commissioners will earn six hours of continuing education credit for attending this event.  To register click here.

For more information contact Nicole Logan at or 404.522.5022