Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dr. Nobbie to Speak in Fayette Nov 16

The State of DD Services in Georgia Presented by: Dr. Pat Nobbie, Deputy Director of GA Council on Developmental Disabilities

ExceptionalOPS is pleased to announce that Dr. Pat Nobbie, Deputy Director of GA Council on DD will present information about the State of Services for people with Developmental Disabilities here in the State of Georgia. This may be the most important meeting you will attend this year. We need you to participate so that Dr. Nobbie can take our Fayette County needs message back to Atlanta. Please note, this meeting will take place on the THIRD Tuesday of November, the 16th!

Dr. Nobbie is the Deputy Director of the Georgia Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. She is responsible for conducting research on Council programs and initiatives, tracking state and federal budgets, coordinating the Council’s legislative agenda, and providing staff support to several Council contracts and projects, including Unlock the Waiting Lists which advocates for home and community based services and Partnerships for Success - a High School Inclusive Community project.

Dr. Nobbie will update us on the significance of the settlement of the recent lawsuit between the United States of America and the State of Georgia which resulted in the agreement by the State of Georgia to provide more community-based services for people with DD to be served in their local communities. Dr. Nobbie will also share information about the legislative budget and its effect on our population and is eager to hear our concerns and take them back to Atlanta for discussion.

Dr. Nobbie has worked on several policy initiatives in Georgia in the areas of healthcare, EPSDT, Direct Support Professional initiatives, Katie Beckett Program eligibility and funding issues, and the Champions for Children Initiative, a foundation created with state funds to provide relief for parents who are no longer eligible for Medicaid under Katie Beckett or other government programs. She has coordinated research on the impact of managed care on access to Medicaid. She also conducts several activities related to transition services and participates on the state DOE team that works on the state plan for transition. Because we hope that there will be a large attendance for this meeting, we have secured Grace Evangelical Church located at 164 Flat Creek Trail in Fayetteville as our venue for the evening. We’ll have signs out leading the way! For additional information call Janet Smola 770-631-1035 or 770-639-9169. Please consider attending this meeting. A large turnout will send an important message about the need for additional services in Fayette County.

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