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PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER DOCUMENTS BHDD STAFF DELIVERING HIGH QUALITY SERVICES FOR NEW STATE OF THE ART WEBSITE  

Photographer Tom Meyer

ABOVE: Tom Meyer takes photographs at the Center for Health & Rehabilitation  

Fulton County Government is in the process of overhauling its current website to create a state-of-the-art website that is more user-friendly and makes it easier for citizens to access services.   To help facilitate that process, the Office of Communications hired professional photographer Tom Meyer to visit with each County government agency to photograph employees interacting with the public and delivering high-quality customer focused services.   Tom Meyer spent half a day with BHDD filming how our employees positively impact people's lives.  

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LAUGHTER, FOOD, & PRIZES LET'S CLIENTS KNOW THAT THEIR BUSINESS IS APPRECIATED AT THE SOUTH FULTON SERVICE CENTER    

Buffet Line

ABOVE Left - Right:   Miranda Nunez, Christy Hallman, & Jacqueline Nickens serve Hawaiian themed food at the Client Appreciation Day event  

As part of its community outreach and marketing initiative, the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) and River Edge Behavioral Health are committed to examining innovative ways for providing treatment and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction.   Since River - Edge has the contract to provide adult behavioral health services on BHDD's behalf, they held a Hawaiian themed Luau to show their appreciation to clients who receive services at the facility.    

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LIGHTS!   CAMERA!   ACTION!!   NEW VIDEO TARGETS TEENS WITH MESSAGE TO AVOID USING DRUGS

 Television crew

A videographer from Fulton County Government Television records a video public service announcement (PSA) written by teens at the Fulton County Clubhouse for Youth.   The PSA features teens encouraging other teens to stay away from drugs and participate in positive activities.   The PSA will premier in September during National Recovery Month, and will be uploaded to the Fulton County Government website.

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VERONICA ROOKS PROMOTED TO SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAM MANAGER

Veronica Rooks Promotion

Veronica Rooks  has been promoted to become the new Social Services Program Manager  at the Central Training Center.   Since joining the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) in 2011, she has been tireless in her efforts to develop partnerships and programs that enhance the quality of life and increase the integration of our individuals within the community.   She has helped facilitate partnerships with the City of Atlanta Department of Parks & Recreation, Special Olympics of Georgia, Metro Atlanta Chess Club, & the West End Performing Arts Center.   Because of her commitment, she was a Fulton County FOCUS Award winner in the Customer Service category.      

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AFRIKA COTTON JOINS THE FULTON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGER

 Afrika Cotton

Afrika Cotton, LMSW, AMCF has joined the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) as a Behavioral Health Program Manager.   In this new position, Afrika will be responsible for all of the judicial intersection with BHdd.   She will oversee the screening and re-entry unit at the Fulton County Jail, and will manage two re-entry teams.    She will oversee a team that focuses on women at the South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail in Union City, and a team that focuses on the 18 to 24 year old population at both jails.   In addition, Afrika will be responsible for the new permanent supportive housing initiative, the planned diversion center, Misdemeanor Mental Health Court, DUI Accountability Court, and the homeless engagement program.  

In this new position that focuses on the criminal justice system, Afrika Cotton brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience.   She spent the last two years working as a Senior Victim Advocate Counselor with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office where she provided direct services to crime victims and witnesses, case management advocacy, crisis counseling to crime victims, developed mental health programs, and assisted eligible individuals to apply for the Georgia Crime Victim Compensation Program.   Prior to that, she  served in positions of increasing responsibility since she started her career.   Afrika is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Georgia State University and has a Master’s of Social Work, Advanced Standing from the Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts.      

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