Building A Collaborative Georgia.
The State of Our State
Behavioral Health and Trauma Prevention
We scan the latest publications and resources on behavioral health and resiliency.
Resilient Georgia Impact Reports
We are building a statewide coalition of trauma-informed organizations by convening child-facing providers to build a stronger, more resilient Georgia. In April 2019, we hosted our first Resilient Georgia two-day Strategic Planning Meeting and developed a Strategic Map for our first three years (2019 to 2022). Read our 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 reports to see our progress and how we are making an impact statewide. To learn more about our regional impact, please read the annual reports posted on our regional grantee coalition webpages.
State Scan Chapter 1 : TIC/ACEs Publications
This Literature Review includes ACEs related peer reviewed publications from 1998 to March 2020 with at least one (or more) author working at a Georgia University/Organization at the time of the study. Despite our best efforts to be comprehensive, we recognize that our search approach may have inadvertently missed some relevant publications. This Literature Review is a living document and we welcome all suggested additions. Please contact us to provide suggestions.
State Scan Chapter 2 : Regional Focus
In this Georgia statewide landscape scan, we evaluated ACEs & Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) related efforts across various sectors, including: Community & Faith-Based, Local & Regional Coalitions, School & College Based, Out of School, Public Agencies & State Departments. When evaluating these efforts, we always began by asking, "Does this effort explicitly refer to ACEs, TIC and/or Toxic Stress & does it have services directly related?" If so, we proceeded to collect answers to our evaluation questions from multiple sources. Our statewide landscape scan across sectors is a living document and we welcome all suggested additions. Please contact us - we would love to highlight and share your work.
State Scan Chapter 3: Trauma-informed Training
Resilient Georgia, in partnership with Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, School of Social Work, Professional Excellence Program Child Welfare Training Collaborative, conducted a widespread trauma training inventory in March-April 2020 to begin to assess assets across the behavioral health continuum in Georgia. Resilient Georgia’s Education and Training Committee worked diligently with our partners to develop a Trauma Informed Training Road Map that highlights and promotes the myriad trainings being implemented across the state to create a trauma informed Georgia.
National Scan Chapter 1: Trauma-informed Care and ACEs Prevention Efforts
Shortly after Resilient Georgia was founded in April 2019, our Board of Directors convened a Strategic Planning session which allowed us to identify our No. 1 priority–to learn from our peers. The stakeholders and partners at the table identified that, to be truly successful, Resilient Georgia needed to first look at what other states were doing–and how they were doing it. After many calls, internet searches and conversations, we completed the National Landscape Scan of Trauma Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experience Prevention efforts.
National Scan Chapter 2: ACEs-Related Data from National Surveys
Compiling data sources of ACEs statistics is critical to identify gaps in ACEs research in the US and Georgia. There is a lack of consistent data on ACE statistics. We assimilated available data sources and summarized quality dimensions from the most current datasets or surveys that collect information on ACEs. This data collection will allow organizations committed to eradicate ACEs to identify available data on ACEs, gaps in ACEs data in the US and Georgia and aid in the development of performance metrics for Resilient Georgia to monitor over time.
National Scan Chapter 3: National Landscape Scan of Integrated Behavioral Health
Integrated behavioral health in pediatric primary care provides an exciting opportunity to improve access to timely and quality care for youth experiencing mental and behavioral health concerns. This report describes what integrated behavioral health is, why it is needed, how it can be delivered, and best practices for program development and implementation. A literature search on integrated behavioral health programs in the United States from 2012 to April 2022 was conducted and serves as the foundation for the findings in this report. Despite our best efforts to be comprehensive, we recognize that our search approach may have inadvertently missed some relevant publications. This literature review is a living document and we welcome all suggested additions.
Brief: The Case for ACEs Prevention
Resilient Georgia is dedicated to healing adversity and promoting resilience in children and families through the prevention and early intervention of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and sharing best practices to support Georgia’s System-of-Care implementation and coordination. In this brief, we make a compelling evidence-based 'Case for ACEs Prevention' and an urgent call to action to invest in building resilience now – early intervention is more effective, less expensive, and imperative to averting the next pandemic: mental and behavioral health. English, Spanish and Portuguese versions are available. We would like our partners to use this brief widely as a communications tool in their communities and would like to offer the opportunity to co-brand this document - please contact us for more information.
The Georgia Mental Health Parity Bill (HB 1013) Overview
The Georgia Mental Health Parity Bill (HB 1013) Overview
Over the last 2 years Resilient Georgia has been working hard to support the Governor’s Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission (BHRIC). Our Board Chairperson, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, has been an instrumental member of the BHRIC. We are proud of this monumental first piece of legislation that was an outcome of the BHRIC’s tireless work. Thanks to subject matter experts from the Georgia Mental Health Policy Partnership, this document outlines this historic bill. For more information about Mental Health Parity, please visit our partners webpage at the Carter Center here.
We have created accessible, illustrated learning cards for six key terms that are used to talk about Resilience and why it matters. These cards also include links to helpful state and national resources. We hope these will be useful communication tools as you start conversations about Adverse Childhood Experiences, Early Brain Development, Positive Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress, Resilience, and being Trauma Informed in your communities. We would love for you and your partners to use them in whatever capacity you need. If you would like to co-brand them, we can make that happen too - please contact us for more information.
Resilient Georgia General Meetings: Follow up Resources
Our quarterly General Meetings are guided by the three pillars of our work: To Convene and Connect; To Share Innovation; and To Remove Barriers. These meetings continue to showcase and celebrate innovative work being done by our partners, stakeholders, and regional grantee coalitions across the state to bolster and align behavioral health services & resources for children and families. Our thematic General Meeting Follow-up reports include a wealth of topical state and national resources shared by our partners -
March 2021 Meeting - Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (also includes a compilation of all attendees’ favorite 0 to 5 childhood books)
June 2021 Meeting - Teen Mental Health (also includes a Spotify playlist of all attendees’ favorite songs as a teen)
March 2022 Meeting – Young Adult Mental Health (also includes Word Art image of all attendees’ most memorable or unique job from ages 19-26)
Regional Grantee Coalitions
Regional Grantee Summary Reports
Resilient Georgia has been working across Georgia to develop diverse, robust and well-planned public-private partnerships with a regional behavioral health focus. All 12 Resilient Georgia regional grantee coalitions are deeply engaged in their work to prevent and heal childhood adversity, provide an emphasis on trauma-informed awareness and care, and promote resilience with the children and their families in their communities. To learn more, read our Regional Grantee Summary Reports.
Regional Child and Family Behavioral Health Resource Guides
These resource guides include child and family behavioral health state and local resources with service descriptions and contact information for the counties served by our regional coalitions. This document is meant to serve, inform & assist regional coalition’s partners, community members & local stakeholders. This resource guide has been co-produced by Resilient Georgia and each of our Regional Grantee Coalitions.
Resiliency Zones Guide for Infant and Early Care Settings
Resiliency Zones create a safe space for both students and staff. They bolster infant and early childhood mental health, promote self-regulation and mindfulness and include age-appropriate calming resources. This guide was created for Early Care centers across the state of Georgia serving children ages 0-5 years old. It offers early care educators the tools and resources to develop a Resiliency Zone in their schools, daycares, early care centers, or anywhere else they see fit.
Thank you so much to Kathy Brown-Bragg (CHRIS 180 Project Director, New Generation- Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Project), Molly Lieberman (Executive Director, Loop It up Savannah), Chidinma Ohanele (Program Coordinator, Resilient Georgia) and Trasie Topple (Founder, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Resource of Georgia) for their subject matter expertise and contribution in developing, reviewing, and editing this guide. This work was funded as part of a Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Preschool Developmental Renewal Grant awarded to Resilient Georgia (please see publication for additional grant details).