Former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter will co-host a public town hall meeting Wednesday that examines some of Georgia’s most pressing mental health issues.

The event will be co-hosted by Frank Berry, the newly appointed commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Georgia South Technical College in Americus will host the discussion, happening from 12:30-4:00 p.m.

“The Carter Center has put forward a draft comprehensive plan to address the need for all Georgians to have mental health and addiction services in their communities,” said a statement released from The Carter Center. “The plan focuses especially on populations not included in the settlement such as children, adolescents, and older adults.”

The focus of the event will be to discuss a Carter Center report detailing mental health, particularly in young people. The preliminary report, “Building a Vision for Community Services for Children, Adolescents and Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders in Georgia,” is available on the Center’s website,

In addition to the presentation and discussion of the report, attendees will hear presentations from First Lady Carter, Dr. Thom Bornemann, the Carter Center Mental Health Program Director and Commissioner Berry

The event will be held at Pope Technology Center at Georgia South Technical College, 900 S. Georgia Tech Pkwy., Americus, Ga. The public is requested but not required to RSVP to

 Photo courtesy of The Carter Center

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