Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation: Supporting Innovations in Mental Health in Georgia
Members of DBHDD, NAMI Georgia, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, GA Department of Corrections and Emory University with Governor Sonny Perdue
(From Left to Right) Mark Baggett, Executive Director of Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless; Michael Compton, Fellowship Director in Community Psychiatry / Public Health at Emory University; Patricia Doykos, Director of the Bristol- Myers Squibb Foundation; Eric Spencer, Executive Director NAMI Georgia; Diane Reeder, President, NAMI Savannah; Governor Sonny Perdue; Nora Lott Haynes; NAMI Georgia Public Policy Director; Dr. Frank E. Shelp, DBHDD Commissioner; Brian Owens, Commissioner Georgia Department of Corrections; June DiPolito, Director of Pineland Area MH, DD & AD Community Service Board
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has made a $2 million grant in support of the Opening Doors to Recovery Project (ODR) in southeast Georgia. This project is being led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Georgia in partnership with Emory University and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DHBDD).
Over a two-year period, ODR will focus on people with serious and persistent mental illnesses who have an established history of recurrent homelessness, incarcerations or hospitalizations. It will test a highly innovative approach to delivering tailored, recovery-oriented case management services for patients being discharged from Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah. ODR will develop, implement and evaluate a case management service as well as a new technology system for navigating a consumer’s community-based care and for tracking utilization of non-medical supports that are critical to recovery but not typically captured in medical records.
“The Opening Doors to Recovery project is a powerful example of how public-private partnerships can drive much needed innovations in the nature and quality of care and support available to patients who are managing their illness in their home and community,” said Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Director Patricia M. Doykos. “We look forward to seeing how the project’s interventions and tools help participants avoid crisis and progress toward their recovery goals.”
The mission of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is to help reduce health disparities by strengthening community-based health care worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive services, and mobilizing communities in the fight against disease. In its program area for mental health in the U.S., the Foundation aims to address the disparities that exist in the southeastern states through innovative recovery-focused and community-based interventions. Improving transitions from hospitals to community living and care is one particular area of interest.