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Helping the mentally ill
Summit at GSU searches for viable alternatives at 'Open Doors to Recovery'
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People served by the mental health program “Opening Doors to Recovery” shared their stories Thursday during a collaborative summit on mental health at Georgia Southern University’s Gene Bishop Fieldhouse.The summit was to update those involved and interested in the program on progress, said June DiPolito, the CEO of Pineland Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Addictive Diseases, which was the host. Opening Doors to Recovery is a Pineland program.The program began two years ago when several people formed a group to address how mentally ill consumers are handled when law enforcement is involved. There are better ways to handle issues of those with mental illnesses than sending them to jail or a hospital, she said.“We do come together and try to work on (issues and challenges) involving mentally disabled,” she said.
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