April 2019
Atlanta School-Based Behavioral Health Forum

On April 15, 2019 , close to 200 parents, educators, advocates, and mental health experts gathered at The Carter Center to discuss the growing impact of school-based behavioral health (SBBH) in the Atlanta region, overcoming barriers, and how to forge a path forward.

The day kicked off with a tour of Hollis Innovation Academy, an Atlanta elementary school that has embraced SBBH. The first speaker was 2019 National Superintendent of the Year Dr. Curtis Jones, who serves as the superintendent of Bibb County schools. Dr. Jones spoke about the impact school climate reform and SBBH have had in keeping Macon children in school and out of the criminal justice system. You can see his remarks here . Georgia Appleseed Executive Director Talley Wells led a panel on integrating SBBH into school discipline, school climate, and school-juvenile court partnerships. Georgia Appleseed Project Director Michael Waller ended the day facilitating a panel on overcoming barriers to expanding SBBH.

We are so grateful for our partnership with The Carter Center and Voices for Georgia's Children in putting together this amazing event, one of six forums that will be held throughout Georgia in 2019 and 2020. You can read more about the forum at GPB News .
4.15.19 Atlanta SBBH Forum at The Carter Center
Left to right: Michael Waller, Georgia Appleseed Director of Projects; Terrence Wilson, Georgia Appleseed Staff Attorney; Curlandra Lightfoot Smith, Bibb County PBIS District Coordinator; Dr. Curtis Jones, Bibb County Schools Superintendent; and Talley Wells, Georgia Appleseed Executive Director.
4.15.19 Tour of Hollis
A conflict resolution chart seen on an early morning tour of Hollis Innovation Academy.
Michael Waller (far right) moderates a discussion on overcoming barriers with panelists, left to right: Yuki Reese, Apex Program Manager, View Point Health; Chad Jones, Director for Community and Prevention Services, View Point Health; and Cindy Simpson, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Chris 180.

Countdown to Good Apple!

We're excited to see many of you next week on April 24, 2019, at the Good Apple event! We are so grateful for all of our supporters. A special thank you goes to our 2019 Pillar of Justice and Core Supporter Sponsors--Kilpatrick Townsend, Eversheds Sutherland, Taylor English, King & Spalding and Alston & Bird--for their incredible generosity.

At this year's Good Apple event , we will honor the Child Protection & Advocacy Section of the Georgia State Bar , EY and Dr. Garry McGiboney and the PBIS Team of Georgia f or their work on behalf of children in Georgia.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Healthy Housing Bill Moves On!

We are pleased to report that HB 346 is headed to the governor’s desk. Thank you to everyone who supported this bill that will help ensure healthy, safe housing for Georgia families! If signed into law, HB 346 will prohibit retaliatory evictions against renters who seek repairs for unsafe and unhealthy housing conditions.

We are especially grateful to the members of our Healthy Housing Coalition , who worked tirelessly on behalf of Georgia families.

If you want to ensure Georgia's families are protected, please urge Governor Kemp to sign HB 346!  Write the governor a letter, call him or send an email at the contact information below.
Letter: The Honorable Brian Kemp
             Governor of the State of Georgia
             206 Washington Street
             111 State Capitol
             Atlanta, GA 30334

Telephone: (404) 656-1776
Upcoming Events
April 24—2019 Good Apple : In just a few short days, we'll gather for our annual Good Apple event to recognize our 2019 honorees for their work and collaboration with Georgia Appleseed and to look ahead to another year of working toward justice. We hope to see you there!

May 4—Advocating for Your Child : Resources & Strategies for Challenging Behaviors, Hammond Park Community Building (Sandy Springs). Register here by May 1 .