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World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day


Autism Prevalence on the Rise, CDC Says

An increasing number of American children are being diagnosed with autism, according to new government figures.


Children of Addicted Parents Face Difficulties in Adulthood

This can include a higher risk of addiction


Athens 'At the Beginning of this Fight' Against Opioids

Local community mobilization event to discuss our local response to the Opioid epidemic


Alcohol Abuse Is Rising Among Older Adults

In the summer, Henry Wrenn-Meleck likes to sit on the stoop of his building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, observing the passing urban parade.


The Mental Health Impact Of Major Disasters Like Harvey And Irma

When major disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit, the first priority is to keep people safe. This process can involve dramatic evacuations, rescues and searches.


Advantage Will Open Clinics in Select Counties on Wednesday September 13th.

All locations with exceptions in Greene and Jackson will be open on Wednesday


September is National Recovery Month

What do you think of when you hear the word recovery? If you had pneumonia, recovery may mean being able to go back to work, enjoying the activities you did before you were sick and no longer being fatigued or in bed.


Richmond County Unveils Drug Drop Box to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The Richmond County Health Department, Richmond County Medical Society and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department have partnered as a taskforce to provide a drug drop box at the health department to dispose of old prescription drugs.


Fentanyl is Fueling a New Overdose Crisis. Here's What you Need to Know About the Deadly Opioid.

It’s flowing into the U.S. across the southern border and via the mail system. It’s being trafficked by Mexican cartels with vast dealer networks and by small-time operators ordering the drugs online. It’s being purchased by people with opioid addictions-


Ware Comes a Long Way to Recovery While Battling Mental Illness

Randall Ware was still a teenager in 1983 when he started attending Jacksonville State University, a star athlete with dreams of making it big. However, those dreams would be dashed, as the mental illness he continues to battle today...


Computers Help Doctors Better Treat Patients with Mental Illness

To assess a patient’s condition, doctors usually look at vital signs such as heartbeat, blood pressure and rate of breath to establish a baseline.


Overdoses from Fake Painkillers Hit Warner Robins Area

The overdoses began Saturday night in Warner Robins. All told, at least eight people have overdosed from street drugs that were believed to be counterfeit versions of Percocet, a prescription painkiller.


Mapping Out the Causes of Suicide in Teenagers and Children

Just before Christmas 2015, child psychiatrist Daniel Nelson noticed an unusual number of suicidal kids in the hospital emergency room. A 14-year-old girl with a parent addicted to opioids tried to choke herself with a seat belt.


How To Tell If Watching The Eclipse Damaged Your Eyes

Less than an hour after the Great American Eclipse completed its coast-to-coast show on Monday, people's fascination with the sun and the moon quickly turned to concern about their eyes.


Community Mental Health Summit Set for Next Week

The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at the Uptown campus of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, GA, according to a press release. Signs will direct participants to room 3B111.


Express Scripts to Limit Opioids; Doctors Concerned

The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans.


Lawsuit Accuses Drug Manufacturer of Worsening Opioid Crisis

South Carolina on Monday became the latest state to accuse a drug manufacturer of exacerbating its opioid drug crisis by using deceptive marketing.


Georgia Options Continues to Make Strides in Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Founded in 1992 in Athens, GA by a small group of family members, people with disabilities and other citizens, Georgia Options has ensured people with disabilities thrive in mainstream society and have typical life experiences.


SAMHSA Research Sheds Light on Prescription Drug Misuse

A pair of reports recently issued by SAMHSA aim to shed light on the misuse of prescription medications, including opioids.


Bartow Bio: Bermudez helps ROC Clubhouse Members Reach Full Potential

Joining Highland Rivers Health’s ROC — Reaching Our Community — Clubhouse in March, Julie Bermudez is helping build a solid foundation for its members “through empowerment and education.”


South GA Mental Health Expert Talks Suicide Awareness

"We know our loved ones better than anybody else," said Patel. "We need to know that if there is a change in their behavior, if there is a change in their thinking patterns, if there is a change in their expressions of feelings, those are the cues."


Melanie Dallas: New State Commission on Children's Mental Health Could Have Wide-Ranging Positive Impact

In June, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal created a Commission on Children’s Mental Health, which met for the first time in July. This initiative has the potential to impact one of the governor's other key issues, criminal justice reform.


Veterans' Health-Care Gap Creates 'Greater Risk' for Opioid Abuse

The information about the veteran is scant, clinical in tone, yet disturbing. "At the time of his death, the patient was a male in his forties with a past medical history significant for PTSD, chronic low back pain, obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, and



PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Introducing the Workplace to Adults with Developmental Disabilities


EMS Service Says Synthetic Opioids a Growing Problem

Opioid overdoses in Whitfield County are on the rise this year, says Scott Radeker, director of Hamilton Emergency Medical Services. So far this year, Hamilton paramedics have administered Narcan, a drug that blocks the effects of opioids, 70 times.


Fulton County to Vote on $6 Million Contracts to Outsource Mental Health Care

More than a year ago, Fulton County commissioners decided to outsource mental health services they’ve long provided to residents.


Prescription Opioid Use is Widespread. Here’s Who is Most Vulnerable to Misuse.

Nearly 92 million adults in the United States used prescription opioids in 2015 — and while the vast majority of those individuals used the medications according to their prescriptions, some groups are particularly vulnerable to opioid use disorders,


PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Navigate Recovery Responds to Opioid Crisis

Navigate Recovery Gwinnett is excited to announce the launch of its Navigate LIFELINE program for opioid overdose and at risk patients.


How can Prescription Drug Misuse be Prevented?

Physicians, their patients, and pharmacists all can play a role in identifying and preventing non-medical use of prescription drugs.


Bibb Co. to Consider Construction of New Homes for Adults with Disabilities

Bibb County could give Georgia Behavioral Health Services more than $750,000 to help build two new homes in Macon for adults with developmental disabilities.


WellCare Signs Behavioral Health Home Agreement with Georgia HOPE

Partnership Aims to Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Hospitalizations and Readmissions


State Leaders : Many Options for Mental Health Needs in South GA

State leaders said many things have been done in Thomasville and surrounding communities to assist folks in need.


State Trying to Get Ahead of Opioid Abuse Wave

State and local officials outlined to lawmakers what is being done to combat a growing opioid problem.


Women Learn How to Use Their Story of Recovery from Addiction and Mental Illness to Offer Hope to Others

Eleven women who are in recovery from substance abuse and mental illness attended a local Respect Institute training that helped them learn how to use their own personal story to deliver a message of hope to others who are struggling with similar issues.


Highland Rivers Health Board Elects Officers for 2018 Fiscal Year

Chantel Adams, founder and CEO of Forever We Inc., was elected chair of the Highland Rivers Health governing board at the board's regular meeting in June.


Georgia to ask Feds for $49 Million for School Nurses

With Medicaid under assault in Washington, Georgia’s top community health agency on Thursday approved a program that could more than double the number of school nurses in the state by tapping the federal fund.


More People Are Making Mistakes With Medicines At Home

When people take medicine at home, mistakes happen. Some people end up taking the wrong dose of a medication or the wrong pill. Sometimes, they don't wait long enough before taking a second dose. Other times, it's a health professional who's at fault.


Highland Rivers Health: Meeting the Unique Mental Health Needs of Veterans

The statistics were shocking. A 2014 study by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found that 22 veterans were taking their own lives each day in the U.S.


Know What to Say: Mental Health First Aid can Help Save a Life

Major League Baseball umpire John Tumpane made national news last week when he helped save a woman from jumping off the Roberto Clemente Bridge.


Moultrians at NAMI National Conference Lobby for Mental Health Support

A thousand members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness met with lawmakers to encourage more support for those with mental illness in Moultrie, GA


Food Fair Benefits Athens

Area Partners Join Forces for the 1st Annual Fresh Food Fair


Advantage receives $1.44 Million for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems to Build 4-Tiered Program to Address Opioid Epidemic


Advantage Chair Accepts New Position

David A. Kidd named Chairman of Georgia Association of Community Service Boards


Resiliency Clubhouse for Youth Grand Opening

Advantage’s Youth Clubhouse “Remix” Officially Begins Services


Resiliency Clubhouse for Youth Grand Opening

Advantage’s Youth Clubhouse “Remix” Officially Begins Services


Changes in Leadership at Advantage

New Clinical Director, Director of Clinical Business Development, Care Management Director


National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt Named Honorary Chairpersons for SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2017



Movie and Panel Discussion Tonight at Athens-Clarke County Library


Sleep Problems Have Links to Mental Health

Roughly 60 Million Americans Suffer From Insomnia, a Sleep Disorder That Leaves Doctors Unsure About How Best to Treat It.


Nathan Deal Delivers State Address

Georgia Governor Says Georgia Will Explore Health Care Changes


Make Mental Health a Budget Priority

Assuring Patients Discharged from the Hospital Have All Needed Supports When Returning Home is Important


Book Club for Disabled Adults

Oswego Public Library District Supports Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 10

Free HIV Testing, Education and Empowerment


Affordable Care Act

Planned Medicaid Changes Put State Health System at Risk


Conference in Chapel Hill to Tackle Stigma Around Mental Illness

Addressing Stigma So That People Who Need Help Will Seek Help


National Developmental Disabilities Month

Activities Kick Off in Recognition of National Developmental Disabilities Month


Advantage Creates Youth Transition Program

New Program to Assist Young Adults with Independence and Stability


House Panel Approves Needle Exchange Bill

A Bill That Would Help Facilitate Needle Exchange Programs in Georgia Took its First Step Toward Passage


The Link Between Mental Illness and Cardiovascular Disease

Mental Illness and Heart Disease Are Often Found in the Same Patients


President/CEO Named for Athens Area Community Foundation

Athens Area Community Foundation Selects Sarah H. McKinney as President/CEO


What Parents Should Know About Teen Depression

Look for these signs and be proactive in addressing the mood disorder.


Free HIV Testing

Community Partners Host Free HIV Testing and Education at East Athens Community Center


Newborn Brain May Hold Predictors of Anxiety and Depression

Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, new research suggests.


Know Your Status

Free HIV Testing Available


New Research on Treating Depression

A New Study Reflects that Diet May Be a Factor for Those with Depression


NCSU Video on suicide prevention wins an Emmy

Three NC State students who attempted suicide and survived, tell their stories to inspire hope and reduce stigma.


Grant Funding Provided for Community Initiative for Mental Health Services

Community Partners will examine how mental health issues are addressed in policies and in the community.


A Peer Recovery Coach Walks The Frontlines Of The Opioid Epidemic

Charlie Oen’s battle with addiction started at age 16 and now at age 25 and in recovery, he is helping others.


California Teen Creates PEER-TO-PEER Suicide Prevention Site

Nadia Ghaffari, a 17-year-old from Los Altos has launched a website for teenagers where they can find support from their peers.


Improved Access to Naloxone to Help Fight Opioid Epidemic

Governor Nathan Deal expands access to life-saving drug to address statewide opioid abuse


World Aids Awareness Day

December 1 is World Aids Awareness Day


Advantage Provides School-Based Counseling at APEX Designated Schools

Reading, Writing and Mental Health Care: Why Schools Need Added Services


Resiliency Clubhouse for Youth Coming to Athens

Advantage to Create Youth Clubhouse “Remix” opening in December


SAMHSA Substance Abuse Outreach Grant

Advantage Awarded $1.44 Million to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment


Friends of Advantage Promotes Mental Illness Awareness Week

Dine with Participating Restaurants to Show Your Support


Community Activities to Raise Awareness

Candlelight Vigil kicks off Mental Illness Awareness Week


Advantage Welcomes New Staff

New Chief Operating Officer, Director of Nursing and Community Relations Coordinator


Advantage Program Receives Award

"I Can" Peer Support Named "Best in State"


National Suicide Prevention Day

Help Spread Awareness, It May Save a Life


Fine Finish Boston Butt Sale

Reserve Yours Today


Friends of Advantage A Tea With Friends

Please Join Us!


New Patient-Centered Space in Athens

We are reducing our footprint from 3 locations in Athens to one. But we're not downsizing!


The Connection Between Mental Illness and Addiction

An Overview of Behavioral Health


Advantage to Centralize Services

Former Clarke School District Administration building slated to become Advantage's new home


Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Saves Lives!

How to Recognize Warning Signs


Volunteer of the Year Award Goes to FOA Board Member

Barbara Fogg, Friends of Advantage Board Member, Receives Recognition


Mental Health Awareness Focus in May

Integrated Health at Advantage


ARCH Celebrates Collaboration for the Homeless!

New Doors are Now Open


Mental Health Awareness Month in May

Mental Health in Children-Where to Turn


Advantage Interns Partner with FOA to Assist Clients

UGA Capstone Project Partners with FOA for Emergency Medication Fund


Spring Cleaning for Mental Health

Tidy up Money, Time, and Work for Your Mental Health


Friends of Advantage adDRESS a Need SALE

Store Location and Hours of Operation


Advantage APEX Hosts School Based Mental Health Summit

Collaboration at Work for Children & Adolescent


Volunteers Needed for Friends of Advantage adDRESS a Need SALE

A couple of hours of your time can make a difference in adDRESSing Needs!


Recovery Day at the Capital

Women in Recovery Empowered


New Walmart Partners with Advantage-Women's Services

Open Doors and Open Arms for Recovery


2016 Friends of Advantage Designer's Challenge & Top Model Results

Congratulations are in order......


Friends of Advantage Fundraiser Features a Star in the Making

Hannah Baird-5 Time Top Model Star


Designer's Challenge & Top Model Competition Next Thursday

Tickets Available at the Morton Theatre


Friends of Advantage Upcoming adDRESS a Need Projects

We invite you to participate in the Designer's Challenge & Top Model, adDRESS a Need SALE, and Prom Scholarships


Foster Well-Being While Making New Year's Resolutions

Tips on Making Resolutions Successful


The Pilot and Anchor Clubs of Madison County celebrates the Holidays with Advantage Fine Finish

Holiday cheer was in the air as the Pilot and Anchor Clubs of Madison County spent an afternoon with Fine Finish.


Annual Meeting Held to Celebrate Advantage

Accomplishments and Partnerships of 2015 are Celebrated with a Year in Review.


Tomorrow is Georgia Gives Day!

We ask that you consider showing your support to Friends of Advantage on Georgia Gives Day, November 12th.


We Care About Our Veterans!

Wishing wellness to all those who have served our county. Happy Veteran's Day!


ACT presents Sergeant Anthony Schuble with a Certificate of Appreciation

Sgt. Schuble demonstrates a keen understanding and compassion toward the mentally ill in Athens.


Advantage Behavioral Health-Gro Industries Pink Out!

Courage, love, and hope....supporting a friend with breast cancer. Picture and Article courtesy of Herald Journal


Advantage Helped Me Deal with Life on Life's Terms

The day I delivered my husband to a Federal Prison comes to mind....


Advantage Program goes to Washington DC

Several residents in our Women Services program attended the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on Sunday, October 4th.


Definition of Wellness

Common characteristics seen in most thoughtful attempts at a definition of wellness.


The Tale of Two Mistys

A Young Lady Shares Two Sides of Her Life as She Finds Recovery and Healing.


Athens Recovery Fest to be held in September

The mission of Recovery Fest Athens is to provide people seeking recovery from addiction and mental illness information, services, hope, and the message that recovery is real.


Crossing the Hurdles of Autism

A testimonial of how a gentleman is crossing the hurdles he faces with Autism.


Shelter Plus Care Hosts Client Appreciation Picnic

Advantage Shelter Plus Care staff celebrates with clients for their hard work and efforts to maintain housing.


Client Testimonials: Responsible in Recovery

Life Stories from Advantage Clients in Recovery


WGAU LizTalk-Early Psychosis Intervention Collaborative (EPIC)

LizDalton interviews Joan Quinn and Will Warren about Early Psychosis Intervention Collaborative (EPIC), a new program with Advantage.


Advantage Receives Grant from Kaiser Permanente

Advantage was awarded $50,000 to expand integrated health programs.


Alcohol Prevention Video Wins Emmy

Advantage Partnered with TranterGrey Media Group to develop a video dealing with teen alcohol abuse. Please visit our video gallery to view the video.


Advantage Purchases New Home

Advantage Behavioral Health and Clarke County School District have entered into a purchase agreement for the school district headquarters property for $2,773,000.


Pilot Club of Madison County Celebrates Advantage Fine Finish

The Pilot Club of Madison celebrate with participants and staff of Advantage Fine Finish in Danielsville, Georgia.


Success Stories of Healing with Advantage Peer Recovery

Peer Recovery Assists with the Healing Process-Success Stories from Beth, Rachel, and Ruben.


WGAU LizTalk Interview -Mental Health Awareness

Liz Dalton of WGAU LizTalk interviews Joan Quinn, Director of Advantage's Child and Adolescent Services, to help promote behavioral health during Mental Health Awareness Month in May.


Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month with Peer Recovery Program

Spotlight on Peer Recovery... Advantage promotes that no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you have been through in life, long term recovery is possible.


Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month with Peer Support Program

Spotlight on Peer Supports....Mental Health Recovery in Peer Supports comes through seeing ourselves as the same as everyone else, not a mental health client.


Human Resources Department Receives Commissioner’s Award

Advantage Human Resources Department has been recognized as a recipient of the Commissioner’s Award for their performance in the FY2015 HR Audit.


Art Exhibit at The Last Resort Grill to Benefit Advantage

Michael Daniel will have his art on display, during the month of May, at The Last Resort Grill located at 184 W. Clayton Street in Athens, Georgia. Friends of Advantage will receive a percentage of the proceeds from the art sold during the Michael's show.


Advantage 1 of 3 New DBHDD Grant Awardees in Georgia

Advantage was recently awarded $334,000 from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to develop and implement a new treatment team approach for youth.


Pharmacy Changes...Village Drug Shop at Advantage

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems is partnering with Village Drug Shop to open a full service retail pharmacy at its main outpatient clinic in Athens, GA.


Celebrating Black History Month -- Sarah Breedlove Walker

December 23, 1867: Sarah Breedlove Walker, the first black female millionaire in U.S. History, is born


Advantage is Awarded 3 Year CARF Accreditation

Advantage Behavioral Health has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for a period of three years for delivery of behavioral health services.


FOA Annual Cruise In & Children's Carnival

Please mark your calendars and join us for the 6th Annual Friends of Advantage Cruise In & Children's Carnival on Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 1-4 PM.


Advantage Unveils New Logo Design

Today, Advantage Behavioral Health Systems offically launched the new Advantage Company Logo.


Emergency Solutions Grant Awards

Advantage was awarded five new and renewal grant awards to expand services to the local homeless community.


Advantage Elects New Board President: Doc Eldridge

On June 24, Doc Eldridge was elected as the Chairperson of Advantage Behavioral Health Community Service Board, an Athens-based not-for-profit community mental health center for a 10-county North Georgia region.


Advantage Wins Statewide Corrections Award

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems was awarded a coveted Partner Agency of the Year award for collaborative efforts with local Day Reporting Centers and Probation offices by the Georgia Department of Corrections.