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Georgia Parent Support Network, Inc.

Mailing Address:
1381 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30310

Phone: 404-758-4500 or 800-832-8645
Fax: 404-758-6833

Contact Person: Sue L. Smith, Ed.D., CEO


Web Site: http://www.gpsn.org

Population Served:
Child Welfare,Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances,Trauma/PTSD,Juvenile Justice,Mental Illness/Mental Health,Military Families,Substance Abuse,Transition-aged Youth

Georgia Parent Support Network, Inc. is dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy for children and youth with mental illness, emotional disturbances, and behavioral differences, and their families.

Georgia Parent Support Network (GPSN) is a grassroots family-run non-profit organization established in 1989. GSPN has worked on the premise that families are key to systems change and believes that families are the best and most effective agents for change. GPSN was founded in response to the lack of knowledge about services and actual lack of services that address the needs of children with mental illness, emotional disturbances, and behavioral differences. GPSN is a Board-directed family support organization whose Board consists of from 10 to 14 family members and concerned citizens at any given time. Board meetings are held quarterly and a strategic planning meeting is held every four years. The Board of Directors is comprised of over 46% people of color at the present time and at least 51% of our Board consists of family members of children with severe emotional disturbances.

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide contracted direct services (e.g., respite, care management)
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• Provide technical assistance (e.g., to other family or youth organizations, child serving agencies)
• Recruit family members or youth for positions within child serving agencies
• Organize conferences
• Participate in child serving system/system of care policy-making and leadership groups
• Participate in child serving system/system of care management meetings
• Provide quality monitoring and evaluation
• Provide advocacy
• Conduct social marketing

Organization type:
• A statewide family-run organization
• A statewide family-run chapter of a national organization

Region(s) served:
• Statewide

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