Four Pathways of Access

Four Pathways of Access

Published: Jul 18, 2019   |   Category: Videos

Did you know nearly 79,000 students in Georgia considered or attempted suicide in 2018? When it comes to child and youth mental health, parents and caregivers can often be left overwhelmed and confused about where to find help. Voices created a video to highlight the four pathways to access these services: Early Screening and Services Education […]

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New child-relevant laws in effect July 1

New child-relevant laws in effect July 1

Published: Jun 28, 2019   |   Category: Blog

Hundreds of new laws go into effect in Georgia on July 1, 2019, including more than two dozen pieces of child-relevant legislation. Many of the laws change processes and procedures, but several will have a significant impact on the kids in our state. HB 346 protects renters from being kicked out of the homes when […]

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Assessment of Rates of Child Maltreatment in States with Medicaid Expansion v. States Without Medicaid Expansion

Assessment of Rates of Child Maltreatment in States with Medicaid Expansion v. States Without Medicaid Expansion

Published: Jun 25, 2019   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: , ,

Read the entire study here    Reducing a child’s exposure to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect gives a child the best opportunity to grow into a happy and healthy adult. There are several factors that may increase the chances of a child experiencing one or more of these, such as living in poverty, […]

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Legislative Update 5.21.19

Legislative Update 5.21.19

Published: May 21, 2019   |   Category: Legislative Updates

Welcome to Summer.  For some, summer is signified by the opening of the pool, the thrill of the first toe-stubbing in flip-flops, or the centering of the sun over the Tropic of Cancer (around June 21) – but for me, summer starts with my final 2019 (state) Legislative Update following the end of the Governor’s […]

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Published: May 21, 2019   |   Category: touchpoints

Suicide was the second-leading cause of death for Georgia children aged 10-17 in 2016. And the latest data shows more Georgia kids say they have either thought about or attempted taking their own life. That’s why raising awareness about social and emotional health, and the importance of good mental health for everyone, including children is so important. NEW FROM VOICES! […]

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Senate Bill 48 Signed into Law

Senate Bill 48 Signed into Law

Published: May 3, 2019   |   Category: Blog, News   |   Tags: , , ,

Governor Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 48 into law, which ultimately would require all Georgia’s elementary schools to screen every kindergartener for dyslexia and a few other learning disorders (namely, aphasia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia) following a three-year pilot program to be started in 2020-2021.  Additionally, training and teacher professional development will be updated to increase […]

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Top Ten Wins for Kids from the 2019 Legislative Session

Published: Apr 22, 2019   |   Category: Blog, News

Voices for Georgia’s Children followed about 250 pieces of child-relevant legislation, as well as an array of federal issues, bills and acts during the 2019 Legislative Session. Millions of dollars in the state budget were allocated to child-relevant issues, including children’s mental health, preparing for the 2020 census, and items to improve child learning outcomes. […]

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Harvest of the Month: Mushrooms

Harvest of the Month: Mushrooms

Published: Apr 9, 2019   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: , , , ,

They’re known as a superfood source of powerful nutrients. Fresh mushrooms are a healthy addition to everyone’s plate. In fact, mushrooms provide many of the same nutritional benefits as vegetables. And they are this month’s Harvest of the Month. Before we get to some fun kid-friendly mushroom recipes, let’s talk about the facts. Mushrooms are: […]

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Legislative Update 4.8.19

Legislative Update 4.8.19

Published: Apr 8, 2019   |   Category: Legislative Updates

If you ask me, Sine Die is one of the most anticipated yet most dreaded days for a lot of us.  Anticipated because it is a day that means tomorrow you can finally reintroduce yourself to your children, pets, and pillow; brush your hair and put your contacts in without live streaming some 7:30 am […]

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Legislative Update 4.1.19

Legislative Update 4.1.19

Published: Apr 1, 2019   |   Category: Legislative Updates

Hello my friends – I could hardly wait to tell you my BIG news: George Clooney finally responded to my six years’ worth of fan mail with an apology for his tardiness and an offer to direct my next Two Minute Take as recompense. Of course, I graciously accepted his offer, forgave him for ignoring me (and […]

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Legislative Update 3.25.19

Legislative Update 3.25.19

Published: Mar 25, 2019   |   Category: Legislative Updates

One of the things I find most interesting about the Capitol is the variety of sounds one experiences in the course of a day. For those of you who have yet to grace the halls of Georgia’s finest sausage-making facility, it is a fascinating study in auditory encounters. Let me see if I can guide […]

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Legislative Update 3.18.19

Legislative Update 3.18.19

Published: Mar 18, 2019   |   Category: Legislative Updates

One of the most challenging things to do towards the end of the legislative session is to convince oneself that wearing bedroom slippers to the capitol is still a bad idea. In the throes of an event that simultaneously resembles a public policy pop-quiz, a camping expedition and a rehearsal dinner held on Halloween, deciding […]

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