Dear Artists,

Registered race runners/walkers will receive a t-shirt, the design of which was done by an individual in recovery, and a boxed lunch.  The day promises to be meaningful and memorable. This race is as an opportunity for us all to assert our collective belief that people do recover from mental illness and that successful transition back into the community is possible for Georgia’s Returning Citizens. 

The race will be held in Atlanta’s beautiful Grant Park.  Check-in will begin at 8 AM, the opening ceremony at 9:00 AM, and the actual 5K race/walk will officially start at 9:30 AM. This promises to be a fantastic event!!

For additional information please contact Jill Mays by email or phone 404-657-2140.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on the 13th  .


Jill D. Mays, MS, LPC
Planning & Policy Development Specialist (Program Coordinator)
Office of Adult Mental Health
Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
2 Peachtree St., NW
Suite 23-433
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone:  404-657-2140

DBHDD’s vision is easy access to high-quality care that leads to a life of independence and recovery for the people we serve.

To achieve our vision, the department leads an accountable and effective continuum of care to support people with behavioral health challenges, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in a dynamic health care environment.

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Dear Artists,

The DBHDD Division of Behavioral Health in partnership with other state agencies is excited to host our 2nd Annual Respect in Recovery 5K Race/Walk !! Our theme this year is “Removing Hurdles & Raising Hope”.

On Friday, October 13, 2017, several agencies with whom we collaborate for the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council Transition & Re-entry Committee will co-host the “Respect in Recovery” 5K Run/Walk, which is being promoted as an inter-agency partnership to end stigma, promote mental health, and highlight Georgia’s successful re-entry programs and resources. In addition to the fun and competition of the race/walk, the agenda will include remarks from invited state agency leadership, compelling stories of recovery from Georgia’s Forensic Peer Mentors and the Respect Institute, and an ART SHOWCASE AREA featuring original artwork from individuals in recovery.  We invite you to come and display/sell your artwork in the park!  If you would like to reserve a table, please contact by October 6th.  (Lunch will be provided for participating artists.)