Your answers to the following questions will help Georgia’s Regional Advisory Councils identify and recommend community/area priorities to the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). The six Regional Advisory Councils, made up of over 200 volunteers who are appointed by and represent counties across Georgia, work to improve DBHDD services.

DBHDD, a state agency, provides treatment and support services to people with mental health challenges and substance use disorders and assists individuals who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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* 1. GCAL Logo
The above graphic promotes a 24/7 statewide helpline for accessing mental health, addictive disease, and intellectual and developmental disability services assistance and information. The GCAL (Georgia Crisis and Access Line) is a program of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).

Prior to this survey, were you familiar with this GCAL helpline?

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* 2. If you answered "yes" to the question above and have used the GCAL helpline how would you rate the quality of services you received?

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* 3. Early intervention is the process of providing specialist intervention and support to a person who is experiencing or demonstrating early symptoms of mental illnesses. Studies show that half of those who will develop mental illnesses show symptoms by age 14. How important do you feel prevention and early intervention are in terms of reducing mental illnesses?

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* 4. The Georgia Apex Program provides mental health services in schools. Last year the program included 320 elementary, middle, and high schools in Georgia.

Prior to this survey, were you aware of this school-based mental health program?

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* 5. Which of the following best describes the community/area in which you live?

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* 7. How easy is it for you to use the Internet in your home?

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* 8. In the community/area in which you live, which of the following best describes the ability of first responders and other emergency services to help individuals with mental illnesses, addictive diseases, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities experiencing crisis?

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* 9. In the community/area in which you live, which of the following best describes the quality of life (housing, education, employment, transportation, and social activities) for each of the following:

  Low quality of life Moderate quality of life High quality of life Don't know
Low income individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities
Low income individuals recovering from mental illnesses and/or addictive diseases

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* 10. The mission of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is easy access to high-quality care that leads to a life of recovery and independence for the people we serve. 

What three suggestions do you have to help DBHDD accomplish this mission?

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* 11. In the community/area in which you live, what is the current level of need for each of the following services for low-income individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities?

  Low Need Moderate Need High Need Don't Know
Housing options/assistance
Employment opportunities/assistance
Public transportation
Crisis intervention services
Medical services (general. counseling, and dental)
Recreation services
Family/caregiver support services
Help getting state or federal services such as Medicaid, Medicaid Waivers, and Social Security

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* 12. Are you familiar with Georgia's Certified Peer Specialist program involving individuals recovering from mental illnesses and/or addictive diseases?

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* 13. In the community/area in which you live, what is the current level of need for each of the following services for low-income individuals experiencing or recovering from mental illnesses and/or addictive diseases?

  Low Need Moderate Need High Need Don't Know
Peer support services
Family/caregiver support services
Public transportation
Employment opportunities/assistance
Crisis intervention services
Medical services (general, counseling, and dental)
Housing options/assistance
Help getting state or federal services such as Medicaid and Social Security

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* 14. Individuals with mental illnesses, addictive diseases, and intellectual/developmental disabilities face a housing crisis in Georgia. Often solely dependent on their $771 monthly SSI payment, low-income individuals with disabilities are further challenged by accessibility needs and housing discrimination. 

Which three of the following strategies do you think would be most helpful for expanding housing for people with disabilities in the community/area in which you live?

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* 15. Below is a list of behavioral health prevention programs. Which three of the following programs do you think are most needed in the community/area in which you live?

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* 16. Transition periods can be challenging for low-income individuals with mental illnesses, addictive diseases, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities. These transition periods may be the result of a variety of circumstances such as aging out of school, death of a caregiver, transfer from a hospital or jail to home, transfer from program to program, and changing residences. 

How helpful do you think each of the following transition strategies would be for assisting individuals with disabilities in the community/area in which you live?

  Not helpful Somewhat helpful Very helpful
Online educational programs/materials on managing transitions
Person-to-person guidance from a transition specialist
Person-to-person support from a peer with lived experience
Help from the 24/7 Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL)
Community and school support groups and activities

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* 17. Please add any comments below:

Thank you very much for completing this questionnaire. Your answers will be put to good use!

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