November 25, 2008 – As the holiday season begins, the Georgia Department of Human Resources wants to remind parents not to allow a time meant for family to turn into an opportunity for family tragedy. Make sure your children have proper supervision at all times. Know where your children are and what they are doing.
November 25, 2008 – Central State Hospital will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Mayors’ Motorcade on December 2, 2008, with events happening throughout the day. In 1958, when the event was first held, people were often brought to Central State Hospital and forgotten. Betty Vandiver, wife of former Georgia Governor Ernest Vandiver, wanted to help improve the lives of those individuals at the hospital by making sure they were remembered at Christmas.
November 21, 2008 – A report issued Wednesday by court monitors tracking child welfare outcomes in Fulton and DeKalb counties concludes that “significant” improvements were made in 2008 and the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is on the “right course” in improving its services.
November 20, 2008 – GeorgiaCares is educating and counseling Medicare beneficiaries on an array of preventive services offered by Medicare at no cost or at minimal out of pocket costs. GeorgiaCares is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) under the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services.
November 20, 2008 – The Department of Human Resources (DHR) is proud to launch a new Web site that addresses the effects that natural and man-made disasters can have on citizen’s mental and behavioral health. The Disaster Mental Health Web site (www.georgiadisaster.info) contains information, recommendations and guidance on how to handle personal and community crisis situations, as well as how to bounce back from a crisis.
November 18, 2008 - The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health encourages all Georgia smokers to kick the habit once and for all on November 20 – the American Cancer Society’s 33rd Great American Smokeout. The Great American Smokeout was inaugurated in 1976 and has inspired millions of Americans who smoke to quit for one day. The event is a great opportunity to get people to make a long-term commitment to quit smoking. In Georgia, there are approximately 1.3 million adults and 104,000 middle and high school students who smoke cigarettes.
November 17, 2008 - The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health is partnering with the Georgia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (GCLPPP), the Georgia Recycling Coalition and others to promote reusing and recycling analog televisions which will be replaced due to the digital TV transition in February 2009.
November 6, 2008 -- The Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services’ (DAS) GeorgiaCares program is encouraging older adults nearing age 65, or on Medicare due to a disability, to consider their prescription drug coverage options during the Medicare Part D open enrollment period (November 15 through December 31, 2008).
November 5, 2008 – November is American Diabetes Month and the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, encourages individuals across the state to learn more about diabetes and get tested if they believe they are at risk for developing the disease.
November 3, 2008 – Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) Commissioner B.J. Walker announces the appointment of Mark A. Washington as assistant commissioner at DHR responsible for both the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and the Office of Child Support Services (OCSS). The former commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services who helped improve Kentucky’s child welfare system, Washington brings a wealth of government and private sector experience to DFCS. You can listen to the press conference for the announcement by clicking here.