People First of Georgia State Conference Registration

Dates: Saturday October 12 – 13,
please see the detailed agenda that follows

Place: Macon Marriott
240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217

Registration Fee: People First of Georgia is proud to support chapters to attend the annual conference at a reduced rate by subsidizing conference registration for 100 members. For members awarded a subsidy the registration fee is $75. We ask that chapters do registration for its members. For non-members, or those not awarded a subsidy, the registration fee is $300.

Registration fee includes conference fee, hotel room for the night of Saturday, October 12, lunch and dinner on Saturday, October 12, and breakfast on Sunday, October 13. You are responsible for your own travel expenses and any room service purchased while attending.

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Saturday October 12

10 am – 11:30 am Registration
12 pm Welcome by People First of Georgia President Marian Jackson
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
12:45pm Featured Speaker, Cheri Mitchell and Talley Wells and Garrick Scott
1:30 pm People First Congress
We will start the Congress with each chapter walking in with their banner. We ask everyone to line up with their banner at 1:25. We will then invite every chapter to give a brief report about the projects the chapter has taken on during the past year.
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop Slot One (see request for workshop presenter)
You will choose from one of the three workshops offered during this time slot. We ask that at least one member from each chapter attend the Vote Project Workshop.
4:40 pm – 5:10 pm Workshop Slot Two (see request for workshop presenter)
You will choose from one of the three workshops offered during this time slot.
5:10 pm – 6:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Speaker (TBA)
7:00 pm Keynote Speaker (TBA)
7:30 pm Break
We ask everyone to please leave the main room so the hotel can set up for the dance. Also, we want everyone to change into their costumes!
8:30 pm Dance & Costume Contest
Costume Contest winners will be announced at 9pm

Sunday October 13

8 am Breakfast
8:45 am Speakers (TBA)
10 am Adjourn
Safe travels home!

Proposed NOW and COMP Waiver Policy Changes

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Proposed NOW and COMP Waiver Policy Changes

The DBHDD Division of Developmental Disabilities invites stakeholders to review
proposed NOW and COMP policy changes.

To review the proposed policy changes and provide your feedback, use the link in the Announcements section of the DBHDD website home page:

OR use this direct link:

We ask that you use the Feedback Form to facilitate DBHDD review of your comments. This form as well as any questions should be submitted to our “Policy Questions” address:

Please note that comments about the proposed policy changes will be accepted through Friday Nov. 15, 2013 at 4 P.M.

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Announcing a CARF Three-Year Accreditation


October 24, 2016

Griffin Area Resource Center, Inc. awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation 

carfsealCARF International announced that the Griffin Area Resource Center, Inc.  has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services, Community Integration and Supported Living programs. The latest accreditation is the 3rd consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to the Griffin Area Resource Center.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. 

The Griffin Area Resource Center is a nonprofit organization located in Griffin, Georgia.   It has been providing services to citizens of Spalding County and other surrounding counties for sixty years.

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2nd Annual Golf Outing Success

We had our 2nd Annual Golf Outing and it was a huge success.  We are thankful for our wonderful players and sponsors, community members, businesses, volunteers, and staff members who helped make it a success.

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NOW Waiver Public Forums

The New Options Waiver Program (NOW) which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is scheduled for renewal in September 2017 via application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS). The Department of Community Health and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities seek comments from the public on how to enhance this program to meet the changing needs of families and individuals.

A series of five public forums will be held to collect comments and suggestions for the New Options Waiver Program (NOW) renewal application. We need input from families, self-advocates, providers, and the general public.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive difference in the direction of services for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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Kiwanianne Club Donation 2016

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Each year, the Kiwanianne Club conducts their one fund raiser, the Korn Dawg book at the Kiwanis Fair. At that time, members of their organization, members of the community and proud and thankful recipients of past donations and scholarships, gather together to prepare and cook the best corn dogs in America! Through that one event, may organizations receive a donation from the Club members. The Griffin Area Resource Center, Inc, is proud to be one of those organizations receiving a donation this year. Lisa Sassaman, Kiwanianne member and Executive Director of the Griffin Area Resource Center, along with Leslie Nichols, Lakeisha Head, and Yasmeen Delaney pose for a picture while accepting this donation.

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The Sun City Civitan Club, Inc. (“SCCC”) announces a donation of funds for the Griffin Area Resource Center, Inc. (“GARC”)

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The Sun City Civitan Club, Inc. (“SCCC”) announces a donation of funds for the Griffin Area Resource Center, Inc. (“GARC”) to subscribe to a one-year subscription to the News-2-You information system including SymbolStix that will greatly benefit their ongoing efforts to support children and adults with developmental disabilities.

News-2-You® has been connecting students to the world through current events for over 17 years. Working closely with the Associated Press (AP), News-2-You topics are timely, contemporary and applicable in classrooms nationwide. With News-2-You, students engage in rich literacy and language instruction while learning about diverse current event topics. Lessons and experiences are extended through interactive symbol-supported articles, activities, games, guided practice opportunities and flexible means of expressing what they have learned. SymbolStix ONLINE is a web-based, symbol search engine that gives you access to the most complete and current symbol set available anywhere. A SymbolStix ONLINE subscription gives you 12 months of unlimited access to over 26,000+ SymbolStix symbols for non-commercial use.

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