January 23, 1997

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Kathi Ovnic, 404/727-9371 - covnic@emory.edu

Winners of the 1997 Martin Luther King Community Service Awards were announced today by the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

According to Awards Committee members, the awards recognize organizations or other entities which contribute to eliminating problems associated with the interface of mental health and violence.

The recognitions are in keeping with the theme of 1997 MLK Week activities at the school: NONVIOLENCE: CREATING A SOCIAL NORM -- A FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH. Nominations for the awards ranged from some groups which address the adverse mental health effects resulting from violence victimization, to some which promote nonviolence through assistance to and advocacy for the mentally ill.

According the Awards Committee, nominees are "front-line heroes and heroines whose efforts make our community less violent but who often go unrecognized. It is our strong belief that the King holiday is an appropriate time to pay tribute to their efforts."

Prior to today's awards ceremony and reception, all nominees were invited to participate in and Interactive Display during which they provided to students, faculty and other interested persons, information and education about their group's mission. The school provided a Film Series on Mental Health concurrent to the Display.

Awards winners are listed below.

Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University Nonviolence: Creating a Social Norm -- A Focus on Mental Health
1997 Martin Luther King Community Service Award Recipients

Auburn Renaissance Center
With participation by its members in all levels of activity, and a high level of sensitivity to the cultural diversity of the membership, this center provides services including vocational rehabilitation, job placement and development, a social club, consumer and family advocacy and clinical services to persons with serious mental illness.
Auburn Renaissance Center, 206 Edgewood Avenue SE, Atlanta 30303

Brain Injury Association of Georgia
A major advocate for persons with traumatic brain injury, this organization provides information and resources regarding this serious problem, support groups for brain injury persons, and actively advocates for preventive efforts such as seatbelt and helmet laws.
Brain Injury Association of Georgia, 1447 Peachtree St., NE-Suite 810 Atlanta 30309

Community Friendship Inc.
A nationally recognized leader in psychosocial rehabilitation, this organization provides work opportunities, residential services, case management, a social club, and other services to help persons with serious mental illness live independently, gain employment, and avoid victimization.
Community Friendship Inc., 85 Renaissance Pkwy NE, Atlanta 30308

Compeer Atlanta
This organization recruits, trains and supports volunteers who are then "matched" with persons with mental illness to act as supportive friends and reduce their risk of adverse outcomes such as relapse, victimization and homelessness. (Visit the Compeer, Inc. national web site at: http://www.compeer.org).
Compeer Atlanta, P.O. Box 1104, Decatur 30031

Depressive and Manic Depressive Association
With a number of chapters statewide, this organization of individuals who are in recovery from depression or manic depressive illness offers peer support and education to its members. (The Association is currently building a web site at: http://www.ndmda.org/)
Depressive and Manic Depressive Association, c/o Billie Jo, 980 St. Charles Ave. NE, Apt. 5 Atlanta, GA 30306

Families First
Serving the Atlanta community since 1890, this agency provides leadership for professional services and offers counseling and support to couples, children, individuals and families, targeting entire families of children at high risk of a variety of problems including abuse and neglect, and helping parents assert their responsibility as the primary prevention agents for their children.
Families First, P.O. Box 7948--Station C Atlanta 30357

Georgia Alliance for the Mentally Ill
This organization of family members of persons with serious mental illness provides support to families and strong advocacy for an improved service delivery system for people with mental illness. Join the Alliance on the web at: (http://www.mcg.edu/resources/mh/Text/GAMI.html).
Georgia Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 1256 Briarcliff Road NE-Rm 412 South, Atlanta, GA 30306-2694

Georgia Council on Child Abuse Inc.
A statewide organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse, this organization has developed a network of programs, training, resources, and support which include a toll-free statewide help line, parent education and support, educational programs for children, survivor support services, and other programs designed to prevent child abuse before it begins.
Georgia Council on Child Abuse Inc., 1375 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309

Georgia Evaluation and Satisfaction Teams Inc.
Composed of consumers of mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services, this organization works with recipients of services offered by provider agencies to determine whether the recipients and their families are satisfied with services received, and where improvements can be made.
Georgia Evaluation and Satisfaction Teams Inc., 1032 Williamsburg Court, Norcross 30093

The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
The largest single consumer organization in the country, this organization of individuals who are in recovery from serious mental illness provides support to local consumer support groups in many communities and is a major advocacy voice for people in recovery from mental illness.
The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network 246 Sycamore Street-Suite 100, Decatur 30030

Georgia Parent Support Network Inc.
Made up of families who have children or adolescents with serious mental disturbances, this organization provides support to families throughout the state and is a primary advocate for improved services to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances.
Georgia Parent Support Network Inc., 620 Peachtree Street-Suite 300B Atlanta 30308

Healthy Families Georgia
Developed by the Georgia Council on Child Abuse, the twelve Healthy Families Georgia sites throughout the state offer home visitor services to over-burdened parents.
Healthy Families Georgia, 1375 Peachtree Street NE-Suite 200, Atlanta 30309

Interfaith Health Program, The Carter Center
Formed in 1993 to mobilize the 150 million members of the faith community, this program links congregations with community health programs including those to prevent violence. (Also visit the IHP-Net)
Interfaith Health Program, The Carter Center, One Copenhill, Atlanta 30307

Kids Alive and Loved
This organization provides support to youth who have experience the loss of a loved one to violence, or who have witnessed violence, to help them address the post-traumatic stress, bereavement and grief consequences.
Kids Alive and Loved, c/o Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta 30322

The Link Counseling Center Inc.
Although providing a full range of psychotherapy services for a diverse range of problems, this appointment-based treatment center specializes in treating children, adults, and families who are the survivors of suicide, providing support services to survivors, and intervening in the community of the suicide victim as well as educating the public at large about this form of violence.
The Link Counseling Center Inc. 348 Mount Vernon Highway NE, Atlanta 30328

Mental Health Association of Georgia
This organization, made up of consumers, family members, providers of services and other key stakeholders who advocate for persons with mental illness and emotional disturbances is in the third year of a statewide prevention project aimed to reduce the indicators of violent behaviors, substance abuse, early pregnancy, school drop out, and emotional disturbance.
Mental Health Association of Georgia, 620 Peachtree Street NE-Suite 300R, Atlanta 30308

Mental Health Program, The Carter Center
This program is a nationally recognized leader in analysis and development of public policy analysis on issues related to services to people with mental illness.
Mental Health Program, The Carter Center, One Copenhill, 453 Freedom Parkway Atlanta 30307

Mental Health Association of Metropolitan Atlanta
Comprised of consumers of mental health services, family members, providers of services, and other interested persons, this organization for education, awareness and advocacy has convened two area-wide conferences on violence which have brought together academics, services providers, community leaders, consumers of mental health services and state and local government policy makers to look at the causes of violence as well as effective prevention programs. (http://www.mhama.org/ )
Mental Health Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, 100 Edgewood Avenue-Suite 502, Atlanta 30303

Metropolitan Atlanta Council on Alcohol and Drugs Inc.
Well known for its "Super" programs for prevention and early intervention of substance use problems among youth, this organization serves as a training and referral resource as well as an information clearinghouse on the topic of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. (Visit the Councils web site at: http://www.macad.org/ )
Metropolitan Atlanta Council on Alcohol and Drugs Inc., 2045 Peachtree Road NE-Suite 605, Atlanta 30309

National Families in Action
Founded in 1977 to help create and lead a national, volunteer, grassroots movement in which ordinary citizens organized to prevent substance abuse in their families and communities, the purpose of this organization is two-fold: to educate about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; and to help citizens use this information to identify and resolve problems that contribute to substance abuse.(http://www.emory.edu/NFIA/)
National Families in Action, 2296 Henderson Mill Road-Suite 300, Atlanta 30345

Not Even One Program, The Carter Center
This program calls upon Community Action Teams, coalitions including faith communities, families, schools, local governments, and public health and social agencies, to convene following a child's death by homicide, suicide, or accident due to firearms, to determine contributing factors and determine future prevention measures.
Not Even One, The Carter Center, 435 Freedom Pkwy, One Copenhill, Atlanta 30307

Olympic Community Support Project
Begun as a combined effort of more than 30 state, church and advocacy organizations to provide five "friendship centers" during the 1996 Olympics for people with serious mental illness, this coalition has plans to open similar, on-going drop-in centers in the Ponce de Leon corridor, staffed by stable consumers, in an effort to prevent relapses, victimization, and other adverse outcomes.
Olympic Community Support Project 2 Peachtree Street--3rd Floor, Atlanta 30303

Outreach Inc.
Founded in 1986, the goal of this organization is to serve HIV positive individuals who are indigent by providing support services, a place to go, and hope, and by promoting healthy behaviors.
Outreach Inc., 3030 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta, Ga 30311

Project Interconnections
Through residential facilities which provide case management and psychosocial rehabilitation, this project provides safe, nurturing environments for people with mental illness and successfully assists them to stay in treatment and live independently.
Project Interconnections, 57 Forsyth Street NW-Suite 1110, Atlanta 30303

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