CarePartners of Georgia was established in 2003 and was founded and based upon the fundamental belief that individuals can and do recover from mental illness.

Philosophy

Priority Statement

CarePartners of Georgia will give priority to children with serious emotional disturbance and adults with serious persistent mental illness. We will work cooperatively with other agencies, both public and private to assure continuity of services based on the needs of the individual.

Mission Statement

To empower children, youths, adults, and their families to develop skills that will promote self-sufficiency, create community partnerships and facilitate hopeful recovery for mental illness and addictive diseases.

Vision

The vision of CarePartners of Georgia services is for children and youths to live full lives in the community, to obtain an education that prepares them for employment and to have meaningful relationships with family members and friends.

Values

Consumer orientation - respect for and responsiveness to the individual needs and choices of consumers and their families at all levels of the system. This also includes consumers and families in governance, planning, program development, quality management, and system performance evaluation; and it includes attention to the rights and protection of service recipients in service delivery and in the communities in which they live and the system that impact them;

Family-driven and youth-guided with the strengths and needs of the child and family determining the types and mix of services and supports provided.

Commitment to recovery/resiliency - Resiliency and Recovery is the goal of treatment.  Resiliency and Recovery means person served having satisfying lives functioning at the highest level they can achieve as citizens of the community.

Clarity of system design - a clear single vision of the system’s purposes, goals, services, eligibility, infrastructure and pathways into and through services; a systematic and consistent way of naming, categorizing, reporting and discussing service system components and outcomes; this vision and leadership can come from a single individual leader with a team moving together to shape the system or a group of leaders across systems committed to a single approach and priorities;

Clinical and service excellence - implementation of evidence-based clinical treatment practices and services, including prevention and diversion services, consistently throughout the system, enforced through clinical leadership, training, standard clinical treatment protocols, and constant learning and improving through a strong and systemic quality management process;

Attention to human resources - concrete strategies to develop, attract, maintain and retain an adequate supply of highly qualified, competent, and culturally relevant staff necessary to deliver the best services known at any given time, and able to learn and adapt as service and administrative technologies change over time;

Equity of access and continuity - assurance that every individual and family, from all ethnic groups and circumstances, will be able to receive services they need and that will work for them within the same reasonable times and distance with relatively the same quality, and will have a single point within the system with the accountability and responsibility to be there when needed, and to respond to individual and family needs as they change over time and in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner.  Culturally and linguistically competent with agencies, programs and services that reflect the cultural, racial, ethnic and linguistic differences of the populations they serve to facilitate access to the utilization of appropriate services and supports and to eliminate disparities in care. 

Integration of care - assurance of seamless and facilitated movement among the components of the public behavioral health system and full and coordinated access to and integration with other important services and supports, including primary health care, housing and vocational services; school and work; law enforcement and criminal justice; and across service system such as drug and alcohol and mental health; developmental disabilities and behavioral health; and across funding streams such as Medicaid and state-funded services;

Community-Based Solutions-services planned, delivered and evaluated at the community level, in community settings, as close to the consumers’ and families’ homes and workplace as possible, with local input and local oversight of services and their impacts; service capacity that is adequate to meet the needs of the population at any given time; this also means that the community is informed and supportive of behavioral healthcare services because they address the needs of communities and community residents and because they can see the value of those services in articulated outcomes;

Stewardship of public funds - clearly identified single points of public accountability for the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the public behavioral health system and consistent evaluations of and public dissemination of reports about the quality and performance of the system; data upon which to determine system performances and impacts on consumer outcomes; a commitment to and clear action steps toward constantly improving the system of care and implementing the newest available technologies about planning and delivering services and administrative activities.