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Annual Report FY 2016

Georgia Parent Support Network, Inc.
1381 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-758-4500
Toll-Free: 844-278-6945
Fax: 404-758-6833
Email: info@gpsn.org
www.gpsn.org
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Our Mission
Georgia Parent Support Network, Inc. is dedicated to providing
support, education and advocacy for children and youth with
mental illness, emotional disturbances, and behavioral differences
and their families.

Holiday Giving
Toy donation from Georgia
Department of Behavioral Health
and Developmental Disabilities
GPSN Supports Georgia Families
Georgia Parent Support Network (GPSN) is a grassroots family-run non-profit organization established in
1987. GSPN works on the premise that families are key to systems change and believes that families are
the best and most effective agents for change. GPSN was founded in response to the lack of knowledge
about services and an actual lack of services in Georgia, that address the needs of children with mental
illness, emotional disturbances, and behavioral differences. GPSN is a board-directed family support
organization whose board consists of 10 to 14 family members and concerned citizens at any given time.
Working with families at the community level is at the heart of GPSN’s vision and mission. In FY16, GPSN
served 1,124 children and their families. GPSN Family Support Partners work one-on-one with families
to provide care coordination, support, advocacy, education, mentoring, information, and referral services
uniquely tailored to each family’s specific needs. GPSN works to assist families in a variety of settings
including schools, courts, social
service agencies, mental health
agencies, and other community
agencies. GPSN has been a key
stakeholder in system
transformation efforts through
participation in local, regional,
and state councils and
committees.

2016 “Unmasking Children’s
Mental Illness” Mardi Gras Ball
Frank Berry, Commissioner
Department of Community
Health, Katie Dempsey, State
Representative, Kathy Dennis,
Board President, Sue Smith,
Chief Executive Officer GPSN
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Barbia Dunbar-Arnold

Brett Barton, LPC
Chief Operating Officer

Carolyn Walker
Secretary

Cynthia Wainscott
President of the Board Emeritus

Hope Darden-Swift

Karl Dennis

Kathy Dennis
Board President

Linda Seay
Treasurer

Lisa Rager

Sherry Jenkins Tucker

Sue L. Smith, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Todd Estroff, M.D.
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Contents

Executive Summary............................................................................................................................... 1

Board of Directors …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..2

Contents ................................................................................................................................................ 3

Letter from Board President ................................................................................................................ 4

GPSN Programs and Services ................................................................................................................ 5

2016 Outcomes, Highlights & Accomplishments.................................................................................. 6

GPSN Financial Data .............................................................................................................................. 7

Donors and Contributions..................................................................................................................... 8

Toy Donation from KaVo Kerr and
Children’s Mental Health Awareness
Day at the Capitol

[Pictures from left to right]
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Letter from the Board President
2016 was an exciting year at Georgia Parent Support Network.

There are now over 20 Federation Chapters in Georgia and they continue to thrive. While each is different,
they continue to reach many people with a message of resiliency and recovery. GPSN’s advocacy also reached
new levels as the board, staff, families, and youth made their voices heard at the legislature, child-serving
agencies, and local communities. In 2016 we sent the message that “Children’s Mental Health Matters” and
our voices were heard. It has been a privilege to be on this board, to work with the most dedicated staff, and
to have the opportunity to meet many of the youth and families that GPSN serves.

Therapeutic Foster Care continues to grow and do amazing work. Therapeutic Foster Care is a long-term, out-
of-home placement for children who have already entered the custody of a state agency or who have state
funding and are in their family’s custody.

The Therapeutic Youth Peer Center (TYPC) served 24 youth with services which allow and support the youth in
deciding on and following a life of their own choice. The TYPC is a place where young adults are empowered to
live their lives as productive, healthy citizens within their communities. At the TYPC young adults receive the
guidance and support needed to help them transition into adult roles and responsibilities. Young adults
between the ages of 17 and 25 who have aged out of children and adolescent mental health services may be
eligible for participation in the TYPC.

We are proud of Youth M.O.V.E. Georgia and its three chapters; Atlanta, D.F.I.A. & F.A.V.O.R. Youth M.O.V.E.
Georgia had an active year learning, planning, and participating in advocacy and community service projects to
raise awareness and bring about positive changes within the mental health community. Youth M.O.V.E.
Georgia worked to unite the voices of youth by hosting its second annual Recovery Month Spoken Word
Competition in September and worked with the TYPC to host a Voter Registration Day and provide
transportation to early polling locations. Youth M.O.V.E. members attended the National Federation of
Families for Children’s Mental Health Annual Conference in November 2016 and worked hard to empower
Georgia families by hosting a Holiday Giving Store in December.

GPSN and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities sponsored Children’s Mental
Health Awareness Week which took place during the first week of May. Hundreds rallied at the Freight Depot,
followed by presentations in the Capitol Rotunda, This was followed by a Voices for Georgia’s Children panel
discussion. Winners of the Art and Poetry Contests were also voted upon.

The 12th Annual “Unmasking Children’s Mental Illness” Mardi Gras Benefit Ball was held at the Fox Theater
and was a huge success. We honored State Representative Katie Dempsey (GA House Representative, District
13) and her passion for making a difference for children in Georgia and crowned her Queen of the Ball.

Thanks as always to the board, dedicated staff, and volunteers for all that you do. Through your work, GPSN
has played a key role in reinforcing throughout Georgia that Children’s Mental Health Matters.

With Best Regards,
Kathy Dennis, Board President
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GPSN Programs and Service
Statewide Family Network Advocacy - GPSN is
the state chapter of the Federation of Families for
Children’s Mental Health and works with the 20 local
chapters throughout Georgia to provide advocacy for
families and train families to advocate for their children
and themselves.

Therapeutic Foster Care - Therapeutic Foster Care
is long-term, out-of-home placement for children who
have already entered the custody of the Department of
Family and Children’s Services. These children often Youth M.O.V.E. at Children’s Mental Health Day at
exhibit emotional and behavioral difficulties and are The Capitol

considered for therapeutic foster care when less intensive
forms of foster care would not meet the child’s needs.

Respite Care Services - Respite care is planned or emergency relief for guardians or caregivers of
children with a range of emotional, developmental and behavioral challenges. Respite care occurs as
part of ongoing mental health services. In some instances, respite takes place on an unplanned basis due
to a crisis situation. Trained respite care workers assume the duties of caregiving for a brief period of
time to give parents/guardians a break from the constant strain of parenting a child with serious
emotional problems.

The Transitional Youth Peer Center - The Transitional Youth Peer Center Program provides
services and training to youth between the ages of 17 and 25 who have aged out of child and adolescent
mental health services. This provision of services is done through youth staff who serve as mentors and
team workers at GPSN. The services and trainings include, but are not limited to: vocational assessment,
life skills, personal hygiene, cooking, tutoring, interview skills, and youth support groups. These services
are provided to the youth according to the youth’s individual needs and desires.

Youth M.O.V.E. Georgia - Youth M.O.V.E. Georgia is a youth-led, statewide organization devoted to
improving services and systems that support positive growth and development. This is done by uniting
the voices of individuals who have lived in and experienced various systems including mental health,
juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. Youth M.O.V.E. welcomes any and all youth between the
ages of 13 and 27.
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2016 Outcomes, Highlights & -
Accomplishments
• GPSN advocates at the federal, state, local, and individual case level.

• Provided support, food, clothing, and other basic necessities for children and families via the
Statewide Family Network Grant.

• Continued leadership in educating Georgia’s policymakers and legislators.

• Served on committees across Georgia, including the Mental Health Planning Council, the
Behavioral Health Services Coalition, the Recovery Initiative, the CHIPRA Committee, and the Care
Management Entity Committee.

• Provided families with accurate, up-to-date information on laws, school issues, behavioral,
emotional, and mental disorders, and community resources.

• Provided holiday gifts to 259 children and families.

• GPSN provided up-to-date and real-time, useful information through advocacy-based e-blasts to
the email list of 1,830 people.

• GPSN’s website and social media outlets provided informative articles and community happenings
multiple times per week. GPSN’s Facebook page has 764 followers, the Twitter feed has 258
followers, and the GPSN website had an increase of 35.4% new visitors in 2016.

• Responded to over 600 telephone calls for family support and referrals.

• Provided safety and shelter to 91 children through the Therapeutic Foster Care program.

• Provided services to 24 transitioning youth through the Transitioning Youth Peer Center.

• Youth M.O.V.E Georgia has three chapters: Youth M.O.V.E Atlanta which has 20 members, Youth
M.O.V.E. - D.F.I.A which has 3 members, as well as Youth M.O.V.E. - F.A.V.O.R. which has 17
members.
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Financial Data
GPSN Programs Are
Supported By Diverse Funding
GPSN’s revenue for FY16 totaled $2,668,246. Financial
support was provided by multiple agencies and funding
sources including the Georgia Department of Behavioral
Health and Developmental Disabilities, The Georgia
“Unmasking Children’s Mental Illness” Mardi Gras
Benefit Ball. Department of Family and Children’s Services, a Statewide Family
Network Grant funded by SAMHSA, and a Peer-to-Peer Grant
funded by DBHDD. In addition, GPSN holds benefit fundraisers, which includes the annual “Unmasking
Children’s Mental Illness” Mardi Gras Benefit Ball

Public Support and Revenue:

State and Local Grants .............................................................................................. $ 491,440
Federal Grant ............................................................................................................ $ 83,286
Contributions ............................................................................................................ $ 33,863
Contract Services ...................................................................................................... $2,070,720
Medicaid Revenue .................................................................................................... $ 11,387
Other Income ............................................................................................................ $ 37

Total Public Support & Revenues.......................................................................$2,690,733

Expenses:

Program Services .................................................................................................... $ 2,214,279

Support Services:
Management and General ................................................................................. $ 369,060
Fundraising . ....................................................................................................... $ 84,907

Total Expenses ................................................................................................ $ 2,668,24

Increase in Net Assets ............................................................................................. $ 22,487
Net Assets, at beginning of year ............................................................................. $ 536,476
Net Assets, at end of year ............................................................................... $ 558,463
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Donors & Contributor
GPSN thanks all of our 2016 donors. Our work would not be
possible without your help!
Family of Willie Mae Stan Jones & Bobbi
Allan Golodman Brown Cleveland
Amerigroup Frank Decostanzo Sue Smith
Amy and John Zolkowski Freddy and Sandra Susan McIntire
Anita Zervigon-Hakes Maynard Tammie Harrison
Atlanta Braves Fuqua Center for Life The Breeze Kings
Atlanta Symphony Long Depression The Fox Theater
Orchestra Gail Hutchins & Family Thomas Bournemann,
Barbara Friesen Greg Moritz Ed.D.
Beacon Health Options Healthcare Georgia Topaz Gallery
Behavioral Health Link Foundation ValueOptions
Briana Pigford Highland Rivers Health View Point Health
Campbell Jr Spartans Inside CNN Studio Tour Viktoria Varnado-
Cheer Inc. Jean Olshefsky Wooten
Carmax Jean Toole Wellstar
Carmax Foundation Joseph and Kathleen
Carolyn Kay Zolkowski
Carolyn Walker Judy Fitzgerald & Tim
Cassandra Palmes Gould
Catherine Ivy Kathy and Karl Dennis
CETPA, Inc. Kristan Adams, MD
Clare Allah Laura Colbert
Cobb/Douglas CSB Laura Henninghausen
Cynthia Wainscott Laura Lucas
Demi Moore Lisa & Wes Rager
Department of Lisa Manka & Susan
Behavioral Health McIntire
Developmental Mary Shuman
Disabilities Matt Crouch
Dr. Diane Schlachter Michael Zell
Dylan Littlejohn Mike Mullett
Elaine Decostanzo Pamela Piper
Ellyn Jeager Reme Rodriguez
Employees of Corltech Resurgens Bank
Employees of KaVo Kerr Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Employees of the Robyn Garrett-Gunnoe
Department of Rollins & Associates
Behavioral Health and Ruby Moore
Depression Sandra & Freddy
Exception Community Maynard
Services Sarah Parkenham