Georgia The Road to Recovery

As I am reading and studying over my CPS Manual I can recall a class we took on the psychiatric institution system of Georgia. The facts were appalling and to know that I survived and live through this State system is beyond my very own comprehension as to how and with my pride and dignity still in tact.

Georgia The Road to Recovery

1991 Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network is established. 1993 Office of Consumer Relations and Recovery is created. 1999 Medicaid Rehab Option 2002 was the first Certified Peer Specialist Training.

Change was needed.

2006 Atlanta Journal Constitution articles on State Hospitals were released. 2007 CRIPA Lawsuit : Hospital based 2008 CRIPA Settlement and ADA Lawsuit 2009 New Department of Behavioral Health is created by the Georgia Legislature 2010 ADA Settlement agreement is signed ADA Settlement focuses on Community Based Services.

A New Direction : Beyond Facilities is created.

My initial psychiatric hospitilization was in August of 2004 with a diagnosis of family violence, marital abuse, codependency as the caregiver, depression. With my family law attorney asking me “What do you expect me to tell Nancy?” The director of The Rockdale County Prevention and Advocacy of family violence Awareness.

I now know that I expected him to tell her that I had a diagnosis of marital abuse along with codependency as the caregiver which they all already were aware of per Mr. Sasser enabling him at all costs.

All of which I was able to do for myself at a later date in a Pro Se hearing filed against Mr. Sasser in Rockdale County with many professionals present to testify on my full behalf from law enforcement to doctors and emergency room staff along with psychiatrists per The Honorable Sidney Nation subpoenaed by my hand and hard work to share the truth of the facts of the matter with the Judge.

Since this time I have had much success in the legal system pertaining to my daughter’s and with Rockdale County and The Alcovy Judicial Circuit and have been very satisfied with the Court’s Orders, Opinion’s, and wishes.

The cold, dark and hard truth of the matter being that I somehow survived the system and did not turn out to be a statistic by the damning hand of man that was placed upon my life and heart.

A Recovery Oriented System is

Moving from to hospital based to community based, facility centered to person centered, custodial to self – directed, crisis oriented to strengths based.

Recovery is everywhere. “In my darkest hour, in jail, in restraints, abandoned and homeless, recovery was still there, working for me, calling me and enabling me to survive and reclaim my life.” – Neil Kaltenecker

My sentiments exactly.

These facts make me wonder just how many counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, law enforcement, attorney’s and Judges are even up to speed on mental health in Georgia and the fact that the Certified Peer Specialist exists given my history with the courts and mental health and marital abuse in the past. Clearly they know and realize now due to my advocacy but given these statistics I do not feel that they have been aware all along. Clearly the State of Georgia has not been suffering lawsuit after lawsuit even in the 2000’s. Unsatisfactory and what a shame. How shameful. As a CPS I will continue to carry out God’s purpose, plan and will for my life and in changing and updating the laws of this state in the family law arena and in mental health. Giving me the perfect opportunity to advocate for family violence victims and the mentally challenged and parental alienated.

Every person has the ability to learn and grow

People’s beliefs determine their behavior

People think their way through life

What people focus on they give power to

Lived experience is the best set of skills

Recovery – is the process of gaining control over one’s life and the direction one wants that life to go on the other side of a psychiatric diagnosis and all of the losses usually associated with that diagnosis.

Hope – The belief that you have the ability, the opportunity and the supports to engage in the recovery process and develop your meaning and purpose in life.

5 Stages of the Recovery Process

Impact of Illness

Life is Limited

Change is possible

Commitment to change

Actions to change






Everyone has negative thoughts and negative self talk

Catch it

Check it

Change it

Igniting the Spark of Hope



Able to do

Needs help with


2016 Certified Peer Specialist Exam Study Guide

5 Stages of Recovery – Looks like, Dangers and Role of Services

Impact of Illness

Life is Limited

Change is Possible

Commitment to Change

Actions for Change

5 WRAP Key Concepts of Recovery

Hope Personal Responsibility


Self Advocacy


7 Primary Parts of a WRAP Plan

Wellness Tool Box

Daily Maintenance Plan

Identifying Triggers and an Action Plan

Identifying early warming signs and an Action Plan

Identifying signs that things are breaking down and an Action Plan

Crisis Planning

Post Crisis Planning

3 Principles of Self Determination




10 Whole Health And Resiliency factors in WHAM

Stress Management

Healthy eating

Physical activity

Restful sleep

Service to Others

Support Network

Optimism based on positive expectations

Cognitive skill to avoid negative thinking

Spiritual Beliefs and Practices

A sense of meaning and purpose

5 Keys to Success in WHAM

A person centered goal

A weekly Action Plan

A daily /weekly personal log

One to One Peer Support

A weekly WHAM Peer Support Group

5 Steps in the Picba Problem solving approach

Problem – State the problem as clearly as possible.

Impact – Identify how the person is impacting the situation.

Cost/Benefit – Explore the Cost and Benefits

Brainstorm – Coming up with ideas identifying options. 5-7 time limit

Actions – Time limited

The Role of Peer Support and Peer Support Services 4.4

Peer Support

Peer Specialist

Peer Support Services

3 Aspects of Effective Listening

Effective listening has to do with knowing what we are listening for.

The Art of asking Questions

Igniting the Spark of Hope

5 Steps to Igniting the Spark of Hope

Interest – Identify an area of interest

Cost /Benefit – Explore the costs and benefits of making change.

Able to do – Find actions the person is able to do to get started.

Need help with – Look for something that will require new skill.

Supports – Explore the persons support network.

Definition of Culture Session GA 25

4 Aspects of our Cultural Programming Software

Culture determines our behavior and attitudes

No one is culture free

Most cultural rules are never written

We interpret other people’s behavior through our own cultural software.

Definition of Automatic Cultural Filters Session GA 25

4 Areas that can be used to enhance Diversity Competence

Awareness – recognize differences

Knowledge – learn about different cultures.

Skills – Take personal responsibility for the way you respond to differences.

Action / Behavior – be aware, be sensitive, use boundaries.

Facing Your Fears

Comfort Zone – An area where your comfortable and not willing to do anything that makes you uncomfortable. No risk taking. Complacency.

Reasonable Fear – A good or healthy fear based on fact. Scared of snakes, bears

Limiting Fear – A fear that limits you and may or may not be based on fact. Fear of failure.

Negative Self – Talk Source – Inside – 5 Examples

I am a loser

It’s too late.

I cannot do it.

I will never measure up.

Negative Messages – Source – Outside

You are a loser

You Dummy

Your f’d up in the head

Room dark, messy and cold

Bare walls

Program environments that work Against Recovery

You will never be able to live independently

Not permitting failure

No recognition of achievements

Program environments that work For Recovery

Create opportunities for consumers to share their success stories with one another.

Provide Peer Mentors in specific areas of a person’s life.

Ensure that the overriding theme in everything that goes on is that the person can get better.

3 Steps to Combatting Negative Self Talk


Catch It

Check It

Change it

3 Steps in the Process of Effective Communication

Observe and affirm  the others position, values and concerns.

Relate the others position, values and concerns to your experiences as a consumer.

Offer a we statement that acknowledges the common ground and promotes partnership in creating another way of doing things.

Treatment Services – Maintenance Stabilization

Rehabilitation Services – Recovery – Recovery and resiliency

Definition of Hope and Recovery Session 1. 3

Beliefs and Values

Negative Message 6.4

System Beliefs

That work against Recovery


Negative Messages

Body Language

That work for Recovery


Shared lived experiences

Intrinsic what’s wrong instead of what’s right.

The Impact of Diagnosis on Self -Image

The crushing of ones hopes and dreams

Denial, despair, anguish

Low self – esteem

Role of Documentation


Medicaid requires it. ACT Team and PSR Should mach work per work. The Golden Thread and same directions. Should interrelate.

4 Parts of an IRRP





Progress Note : Snapshot of a group – pathway to goal. Treatment plan 1st. Consumer draws up treatment plan.

3 Core Parts of a Daily Progress Note


Response/ Outcome

Next Steps

Creative Art Techniques, Self Expression Techniques, Used Artwork to express building strengths.

Documentation is an Act of Creative thinking and writing.

Book – windows to our children.

I.S. Individual Served.

Conv. Conversation.

Appalachian Consulting Group 2012















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