Deal appoints mental health study commission

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday he’s created a Commission on Children’s Mental Health to develop recommendations on how the state can improve the mental health services it provides for children.

The study commission “is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to better care for Georgians, particularly our most vulnerable,” Deal said. “This commission will review the programs and areas identified, as well as the funding necessary to make improvements, and report back to me in the fall.”

The executive order creating the commission says it will deliver its report to Deal by Sept. 1.

The commission will be chaired by Katie Childers, Deal’s deputy chief of staff of policy, and Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Other members include Commissioner Frank Berry of the Department of Community Health, Director Bobby Cagle of the Department of Family and Child Services, Director Teresa MacCartney of the Office of Planning and Budget, Stephanie Blank of the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Erica Fener Sitkoff of Voices for Georgia’s Children, and Dr. Jordan Greenbaum of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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