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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A quarterly update from Gateway
                                            Main Gateway Locations                                                                                                                                                   Behaviorial Health Services.

      Bryan County                                                  Effingham County
      40 East Industrial Blvc., Pembroke (912-653-4151)             2204 E. Madison St., Springfield (912-754-3030)
                                                                    275 First St. Ext., Springfield (912-754-3040)




                                                                                                                                            Gateway Gazette
      Camden County
      700 Charles Gilman, Jr. Blvd., Kingsland (912-729-4557)       Glynn County
      210 E. 15th St., Woodbine (912-576-5075)                      3045 Scarlett St., Brunswick (912-554-8500)
                                                                    2809 4th St., Brunswick (912-264-1674)
      Chatham County                                                * Glynn County Schools
      1149 Cornell Avenue, Savannah (912-351-6520)                                                                                                                                                                                       Winter 2007
      St. Pius, 705 E. Anderson St. Savannah (912-651-0939)         Liberty County
      1915 Eisenhower Dr. Savannah (912-351-3803)                   1113 E. Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville (912-368-3502)
      415 Bonaventure Rd. Thunderbolt (912-644-7716)
      *Chatham County Schools
                                                                    941 E.G. Miles Pkwy., Hinesville (912-876-0454)
                                                                    750 Tupelo Trail, Hinesville (912-877-2067)
                                                                                                                                               Perspective                                    Gateway Partners with Chatham/savannah
      *Curtis V. Cooper Health Center                                                                                                                                                                   Board of education
                                                                                                                                       Barbara Meyers, MBA, MA
      *Salvation Army                                               Long County                                                         Administrative Director
      *Georgia Regional Hospital                                    #10 N. McDonald St., Ludowici (912-545-2038)                                                                              In partnership with Chatham/Savannah Board of Educa-
      *St. Joseph/Candler Hospital                                                                                                                                                            tion, Gateway Behavioral Health Services is providing
      *Savannah-Pharmacy                                            McIntosh County                                                                                                           assessment and support services to Chatham County
      *Ash Tree-Habersham                                           1000 Commissioners Dr. (912-437-7300)                ThAnkfulness AnD GivinG                                              students through the creation of a Student Assessment
      *22 Chatham County Schools                                                                                                                                                              Center.
                                                                                                                         “One of life’s gifts is that each of us, no matter how tired and
                                                 * Gateway’s Satellite service sites                                     downtrodden, finds reasons for thankfulness.”                        The Assessment Center will initially provide behav-
                                                                                                                                                                        -J. Robert Maskin
                    In addition to our main service locations, Gateway provides care and support in 17 residential
                                                                                                                                                                                              ioral assessments for the students at Scott/Riley Alter-
                                                                                                                                                                                              native School as well as other alternative schools in
                                 and assisted living facilities in Chatham, Glynn and Liberty counties.                  “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what
                                                                                                                         we give.”                                                            the County. In collaboration with Gateway, Scott/Riley
                                                                                                                                                                                              staff have developed a program so that struggling stu-
                                            TOLL FREE: 866-557-9955
                                                                                                                                                                 -Norman MacEwen
                                                                                                                                                                                              dents are given a comprehensive assessment and plan
                                                                                                                         The Holiday Season reminds us to take the time to count              to assist them in successfully reintegrating back into
                                                                                                                         our blessings, to be charitable and thank those who have             their home-based school. While the school provide
Gateway Behavioral Health Services                                                                                       given so much. Sometimes being thankful and giving is                educational support services, Gateway provides the
1000 Commissioners Drive                                                                                                 hard; especially when finances are lean and the need so              diagnostic assessments, counseling and skill building
Darien, Ga. 31305                                                                                                        great. This is very much the case with public sector behav-          services to the students based on their identified needs.
                                                                                                                         ioral healthcare. While the industry’s problems, issues and          According to Barry Jackson, Chatham County Manager
Board of Directors                                                                                                       challenges are many, we have much to be thankful for.                of Child and Adolescent Services, “We work closely
Bryan County
Phil Jones                                                                                                                                                                                    with the teachers and school administrators as partners
Camden County                                                                                                            The many employed men and women at Gateway are                       in the child’s service plan. The Assessment Center con-
Joel Williams                                                                                                            thankful not only for doing what they do, but thankful for           cept will eventually be the hub of all school programs
Chatham County                                                                                                           the opportunity to achieve what we in this culture call suc-         and offer assessments, behavioral educational groups,
Birney O’Brian Bull                                                                                                      cess. Success isn’t just measured in dollars and cents or            and advocacy to all school age students in need of Be-
Lois Reed                                                                                                                material goods. We have the good fortune to be able to               havioral Health Services. We are very exited to actively
David F. Richards, Jr., Vice-chair                                                                                       measure success by a far more important yardstick: help-             participate in this innovative approach to supporting
James Reeder                                                                                                             ing people to relieve their suffering, and to give them hope
Les Taylor                                                                                                                                                                                    students and helping them to excel.”
                                                                                                                         and good mental health so that they may have a contribut-
Effingham County                                                                                                         ing place in this world.
Phillip King, Secretary/Treasurer                                                                                                                                                             Gateway also provides community-based services to
Glynn County                                                                                                                                                                                  students from 14 local schools including Tompkins,
Tim Hutchens, Chair                                                                                                      As an organization, Gateway is thankful that as a nonprofit
                                                                                                                         public entity we can use our financial resources to reinvest         Hubert, Myers and Bartow Middle Schools, Butler,
Paul H. (Howard) Lynn, Co. Commissioner                                                                                                                                                       Bartow, E. Broad, Gadsden, and Spencer elementary
Liberty County                                                                                                           in programs and services and build capacity. This is dif-
Shirley Nelson                                                                                                           ficult with continued cuts in State funding for behavioral           Schools, and Savannah High School.
Long County                                                                                                              health care and the advent of managed care, which has
Frank Middleton                                                                                                          capped insurance reimbursements with little regard to the          What makes Gateway most thankful is that County govern-
McIntosh County                                                                                                          actual cost of services.                                           ments, community businesses and individuals have stepped
Charles Jordon, Co. Commissioner                                                                                                                                                            up to provide funding, donations and volunteer time to in-
                                                                                                                         The ever increasing growth of Coastal Georgia’s popula-            sure that for 2006 the needs of our communities’ mentally
Chief Executive Officer                                                                                                                                                                     ill, developmental disabled and drug addicted citizens
Frank A. Bonati, MSW, DrPH
                                                                                                                         tion has resulted in an expanding indigent and underin-
                                                                                                                         sured caseload. A nonprofit community based healthcare             were met. We are most encouraged by the community’s
                                                                                                                         organization, such as Gateway, that serves the needs of this       continuing charitable response and look forward to 2007;
                                                                                                                         growing population, is essential for the quality of life we all    knowing that with everyone’s help and contributions Gate-
                                                                                                                         want. And yet there is not enough federal or state govern-         way will continue to meet the needs of the most vulner-
                         “ The coast’s largest, most comprehensive team of professionals treating                        ment funding to do this.                                           able. Thank you all.
                            mental illness, substance abuse, and the developmentally disabled ”
Fire Safety A Priority

                                                                                                                                     Gateway Gazette by County
                                                                                                                                     News and Notes: County
                                                                                                                          Bryan: Bobbie Bade, Bryan’s Outpatient Center Manager, re-                Adolescent program manager says that the program currently
                                                                                                                          ported that group services are now being offered at the Rich-             has 35 youth who have been referred from Juvenile Court.
                                                                                                                          mond Hill Community Center. “We are starting with child and               “Within weeks after entering the program you can notice a
                                                                                                                          adolescent groups and will expand our services in the area                turnaround in the youths behaviors and attitudes”
                                                         GSHRM President Wayne Marchant presents award to Hennie Ellis.   once the need increases, Ms. Bade said.” American Legion La-
                                                                                                                          dies Auxiliary President Susie Magee and Vice Present Cindy               Excerpts of letter from youth in Court Diversion Program to
                                                         Qi Director Receives Distinguished service Award                 Milloy presented Gateway with a donation to go toward land-               Judge Rountree, Glynn County Juvenile Court:
                                                         Hennie Ellis, RN, BSN, MS , Gateway’s Quality Improve-           scaping and interior improvements for the Bryan County Out-                                     “Dear Judge Rountree,
                                                                                                                          patient Center. Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook recently toured the                     In the last three(3) months at Gateway Behavioral,
                                                         ment Director, received the Georgia Society of Health-
                                                                                                                          Center to learn more
Teams of Gateway staff met throughout the month          care Risk Manager’s (GSHRM) Distinguished Service                about Gateway’s pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          (MRT) it has help me a lot. I did not want to do the
to receive first hand training from Brunswick and        Award at its annual meeting. Each year GSHRM’s Board                                                                                           program but now im really glad I did it. I learned many
                                                                                                                          grams and services
                                                                                                                                                                                                         things from the program which include: changing my
Hinesville Fire Department instructors on fire safety    seeks nominations from members to honor an individual            for children, adoles-
                                                                                                                          cents and adults.                                                            habits from the inside out, just be honest. Also I learned
and proper fire extinguisher use techniques. The         who has provided exemplary service and made signifi-                                                                                          about helping others not for something in return but just
training, developed by Gateway Safety Officer Jef-       cant contributions to GSHRM and to the profession of                                                                                            to be nice. I also learned to not only set my goals but
                                                                                                                          Camden: The Cam-
frey Boatwright, was designed to give staff practi-      healthcare risk management.                                      den County Elk’s club                                                        work hard to reach them. I’ve also learned not to argue
cal knowledge on fire hazards, potential ignition                                                                         sponsored a Christ-                                                            with my Mom. I would like to “THANK YOU” for this
sources and their control, and the hands on use of       Hennie came to Gateway in August 2005 and is respon-             mas party for the                                                                 opportunity instead of another options you had.
                                                         sible for the oversight of the Quality Management, Risk          consumers of the De-                                                                           (Thank you), Sincerely “
fire extinguishers. “We wanted staff to be fire safety                                                                    velopmental Disabil-
                                                         Management, and regulatory compliance activities for
smart and also have actual experience using the fire                                                                      ity Service Center.               (l-r Staff Dave Williams, Mayor Cook,   liberty: October was National Alcohol and Drug Recovery
                                                         the organization. She has over fourteen years experi-
extinguisher, said Mr. Boatwright.                                                                                        The community group provided Bryan County Manager Bobbie Bade)            month and Liberty Outpatient and Day programs held an
                                                         ence in the field of Quality Management in Healthcare.           lunch, music for dancing and a special visit from Santa. Over             open house and special programming to raise awareness in
In our programs we have regular fire drills and staff    Mrs. Ellis earned a Masters in Health Services Adminis-          30 consumers and Gateway staff were in attendance at this                 the community.
are knowledgeable about fire prevention, safe pa-        tration from University of St. Francis, and is a Certified       annual event.
tient evacuation, and fire extinguisher mechanics,       Professional in Healthcare Risk Management and a Cer-                                                                                      long: The Child and Adolescent program center will soon be
but they have never, thankfully, had to put a fire out   tified Legal Nurse Consultant                                    Camden’s Outpatient Center will soon begin offering sub-                  providing Intensive Family Intervention services in Liberty,
                                                                                                                          stance abuse treatment groups for youth and adults in January.            Long and McIntosh counties. The service involves a specially
with the extinguisher.”                                                                                                   The services will be offered after school and in the evening.             trained team of clinicians that provide in-home and non-clinic
                                                                  Gateway goes Hi-Tec With                                                                                                          based counseling, supports and case management for youth
 “This training was something extra we wanted the                                                                                                                                                   and their families in crisis. The purpose is to prevent hos-
staff to receive so that we are assured that they and
                                                                   Distant Learning for Staff                             Chatham: Home Depot stepped in with a team of volunteers                  pitalization or out of home placement such as foster care or
                                                         Gateway has brought its staff training services into the         to paint and fix up the activity rooms and outside patio area             residential treatment.
consumers are safe in any fire situation. We are very                                                                     of the Developmental Disability Center at Bonaventure. Ac-
                                                         21st century by bringing aboard a web-based learning
thankful to the Brunswick and Hinesville Fire De-                                                                         cording to Wendy Hicks, DD Coordinator, the consumers re-                 Mcintosh: Santa visited the children in the Therapeutic Child-
                                                         management system. The new training system, pro-
partments for taking the time to provide this vital                                                                       ally like the bright new colors on the walls and the volunteers           care program that are part of the Women’s Residential Sub-
                                                         vided by Essential Learning, Inc., supports a blended            couldn’t have been more wonderful.”                                       stance Abuse program. Over 30 infants, children and youth
training and experience.”                                training approach of web-based online educational and                                                                                      received clothing, toys, and other items. Gateway employees,
                                                         classroom based programs of behavioral health, devel-            effingham: Effingham’s Outpatient Center has begun several                and several individuals from the community, became “Secret
                                                         opmental disability and substance abuse subjects for             new groups for youth and adults. Currently the Center is offer-           Santas” who anonymously adopted the mothers and children.
                                                         Gateway’s 500 plus staff. According to Billie Shuman,            ing a coping skills group for children ages 4-8 and a special             Vanessa Shearer, HR Director, for Gateway, reported that over
                                                         Training Coordinator, “With an every increasing de-              group for at-risk youth referred by the Juvenile Justice system.          50 employees participated in the event. “The staff really got
                                                         mand for highly qualified staff to provide up-to-date,                                                                                     into the Christmas spirit of giving by making these children’s
                                                         best practices services, we wanted a program that met            Glynn: Gateway’s Clinical Director, Dr. Cheryl McKenzie was               Christmas wishes come
                                                         our increasing training needs. Through the on-line train-        a guest speaker at the November Women’s Wellness Confer-                  true”. We even had a
                                                         ing modules we are able to customize and increase the            ence at Coastal Georgia Community College. Dr. McKenzie,                  family come to Gateway
                                                                                                                          PhD., led the participants in a workshop that focused on a                and announce that in-
                                                         training time for each staff without increasing our staff’s
                                                                                                                          range of addictive disorders and behavior topics that impact              stead of buying gifts for
                                                         travel cost or their time away from programs. The train-         women including substance abuse, eating disorders, women’s                each other, they would
                                                         ing courses are top notch and accredited. Now, we can            body image and the impact of the media.                                   buy them for a family that
                                                         provide individualized clinical practice guidelines and                                                                                    was really in need. It re-
                                                         online courses to staff and keep track of their training &       In December, Gateway’s Juvenile Court Diversion program                   ally touches our hearts to
                                                         competency requirements, for regulatory purposes, all            graduated several youth from the eight (8) week Moral Recog-              see how generous people
                                                         under the same system.”                                          nation Therapy group. Shirley Scales, Glynn County Child &                can be.”

				
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