Carter Center Holds Mental Health Summit

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta-based Carter Center held a summit aimed at improving mental health services in Georgia.

The forum on Friday focused on the progress Georgia has made since the state reached an October 2010 settlement with the Justice Department over what critics saw as the unlawful segregation of people with mental illness and developmental disabilities in state-run hospitals.

As part of the agreement, the state vowed to offer new services to 9,000 people with serious mental illnesses so they can be served in community settings instead of hospitals. Georgia also agreed to start transferring people with developmental disabilities into community settings.

Rosalynn Carter urged about 150 people in the audience to continue working toward meeting the settlement. She said "we can't afford to be complacent. We need to continue the momentum."

AP-WF-05-18-12 2215GMT

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