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The mission of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network is to promote mental health recovery and wellness through advocacy, education, employment, and peer support while advancing the priorities elected annually by Georgia's mental health recovery community.

The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network is a Georgia Corporation founded in 1991 by consumers of state services for mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases. It hosts one of the largest statewide annual consumer conferences in the nation. The corporation evolved from a meeting of 30 consumer leaders held in Tucker, Georgia in October of 1990. The membership is now over 7,000


Since its inception, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network has striven to improve the quality of life for Georgians living with behavioral health challenges by taking a leadership role in statewide and local initiatives that create positive change in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. A few key milestones include:

  • 20 To Work By 2000 —The Consumer Network’s nationally acclaimed employment initiative strove to move 20 percent of all peers in day programs into jobs in the community.

  • Since 1992 has hosted one of the largest statewide annual peer conventions in the nation.

  • Provides Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and WRAP for Work trainings statewide.

  • Facilitated Double Trouble in Recovery groups statewide for people in recovery from behavioral health challenges.

  • Published a quarterly newsletter called "The Pipeline."

  • Supported Recovery Through the Arts.

  • Implemented the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Project.

  • Conducted the Georgia Consumer Satisfaction Survey.

  • Provided Mental Health First Aid training.

  • Developed the Peer Mentoring Project to assist peers transitioning out of regional hospitals into communities.

  • Opened five Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers to provide peer support, daily wellness activities, 24/7 warm lines, and 3 respite beds per center.

  • Conducted the Georgia Peer Support Institute.


• Host an annual peer conference that promotes recovery and wellness, and identifies the top priorities of consumers of behavioral health services statewide.

• Promote employment with emphasis on quality jobs that foster true independence.

• Offer training opportunities for peers, including the Certified Peer Specialist Project and Whole Health Wellness Coaching.

• Support the development of new peer leaders through the Georgia Peer Support Institute.

• Support peer access to transportation.

• Support the expansion of Recovery Through the Arts and the Double Trouble in Recovery program.

• Promote peer supports and wellness, including the Peer Support and Respite Centers.


The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network Board of Directors reflects the strength and diversity of Georgia's robust behavioral health recovery community and operates under a set of bylaws available for download below.. Current board members include:


E Joseph Sanders

P.O. Box 11405

Atlanta, Ga. 30310

C: 404 245-5748


Fulton County

Region 3

Vice President

Janet G Reasons

2840 Norman Berry Dr

East Point , Ga. 30344

C: 678 497-6373

Fulton County

Region 3


Kathryn Thompson Ringel

107 West Lynne, Drive

Martinez, Ga. 30907-1347

C: 706 399-7015

Columbia County

Region 2


Goldie Mae Marks

844 West Doyle Street

Taccoa, Ga. 30577-1754

C: 706 391-5270

Stephens County

Region 1

Members at Large

LaMerilyn Hawkins

1228 Midville Highway 78

Wadley, Ga 30477

W: 706 304-8229

C: 706 504-2640

Jefferson County

Region 2

Damion Gordon

114 Henry Court

Rincon, Ga. 31326

C: 404 957-7086


Effingham County

Region 5

Region 1

Cassaundra Morton

Whitfield County


Goldie Mae Marks

Stephens County

Region 2


Region 2
Troy Curry

Edenfield Court

Hephzibah, Ga 30815

H: 706 825-3144.C: 706

Richmond County

LaMerilyn Hawkins

Jefferson County

Kathryn Thompson Ringel

Columbia County


Region 3 

Nathaniel Wiggs

3240 Benjamin E Mays Drive

Atlalnta, Ga 30311

H: 404 699-1535

C: 404 695-4640

Fulton County

Brian Anderson

7088 Dalmatia Drive

Riverdale, Ga 30296

C: 706 231-9588

Clayton County

Janet Reasons

Fulton County


E. Joseph Sanders

Fulton County

Region 4 

Linda Welch

P.O. Box 644

Ochlocknee, Ga 31773

C: 229 403-5751

Thomas County

Tanya Welch

2442 Five Forks 

Boston, Ga 31626

H: 229 393-6486

W:404 695-5642

Thomas County


Region 5

Joanne Baldwin

204 Jackson Street

East Dublin, Ga 31027

478 275-4021

Laurens County


Damion Gordon

Effington County


Region 6

Robert Lowrey

940 Jackson Street

Columbus, Ga 31094

C: 229 894-9747

Muscogee County


Beverly Ragland

405 Tanner Trace

Stockbridge, Ga 30281

C: 404 502-0414

Henry County

Advisory Board

Linda Buckner

Thomson, GA 

McDuffie County

Region 2


Larry Fricks

1727 Turner’s Corner Rd.

Cleveland, GA 30528

C: 404-375-1813


Lumpkin County

Region 1


Willie H. Woods

1700 Melrose Drive

Albany, GA  31707-4231

H:  229-889-0080                

Dougherty County

Region 4


Director of the Office of Recovery Transformation


Office of Recovery Transformation

2 Peachtree Street, NW

Suite 23 - 101

Atlanta, GA  30303

W:  404-463-7361


The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network is funded by grants, contracts, donations, and membership fees.

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