2022 Children’s Mental Health Summit

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Carter Center
Cecil B. Day Chapel
453 John Lewis Freedom Parkway NE
Atlanta, GA 30307


Keynote speakers

Morning plenary

“Elevating the voices of children, young people and their families”

  • Lee Woodall, former NFL player and parent of a child with autism
  • Terri Matthews, CEO of Jaden’s Voice and parent of a child with autism (wife of Lee Woodall)
  • Young advocates from Georgia EmpowerMEnt
  • Lisa Pace, Director of Operations, Georgia Parent Support Network

Afternoon plenary

“Next steps – Georgia community organizations partnering to implement mental health initiatives for children and young adults”

  • Heather Rowles, Executive Director, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children
  • Erica Fener Sitkoff, Executive Director, Voices for Georgia’s Children
  • Belisa Urbina, Executive Director, Ser Familia
  • Todd Jones, Georgia House of Representatives, District 25

Grant awards presentation to not-for-profit organizations from Magellan Cares Foundation

Mrs. Sheree Ralston's keynote address at the Magellan Healthcare Children's Mental Health Summit on May 4, 2022

Mrs. Sheree Ralston (First Lady, Georgia House of Representatives) delivered passionate remarks regarding the importance of children’s mental health.

Panel discussion at the Magellan Healthcare Children's Mental Health Summit on May 4, 2022

A “Discussion on children with complex mental health needs” included panelists (from left to right): Grant Thomas (Director of Health Strategy and Coordination, Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp), Candice Broce (Commissioner, Georgia Department of Human Services, and Director, Division of Family & Children’s Services) and Ken Fasola (CEO, Magellan Health).

Panel discussion at the Magellan Healthcare Children's Mental Health Summit on May 4, 2022

The morning plenary session, “Elevating the voices of children, young people and their families,” included panelists (from left to right): Shakayla Earl (Youth Advocate, Georgia EmpowerMEnt), Angela Bell (Youth Advocate, Georgia EmpowerMEnt), Terri Matthews (CEO, Jaden’s Voice, and parent of a child with Autism), Lee Woodall (Former NFL player, and parent of a child with Autism) and Lisa Pace (Director of Operations, Georgia Parent Support Network). Not pictured is moderator Barbara Dunn (Senior Director for children’s healthcare, Magellan Healthcare).

Grant awards at the Magellan Healthcare Children's Mental Health Summit on May 4, 2022

Magellan Cares Foundation recognized The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program with a grant award for $10,000 and The Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) with a grant award for $5,000. Following these two announcements, The Carter Center and MAAC recognized five Georgia programs as recipients of $2,000 donations to support mental health initiatives. Pictured from left to right: Brian Coyne (Vice President for Federal Government Affairs, Magellan Health), Caroline Carney, MD (President of Behavioral Health and Chief Medical Officer, Magellan Healthcare), Georgia program recipients, Eve Byrd (Director of the Mental Health Program, The Carter Center), Diane Marciano (Vice President for Business Development, Magellan Healthcare), Mrs. Sheree Ralston, David Ralston (Speaker of the House, Georgia House of Representatives), and Ken Fasola. Not pictured is Sarah Bess Hudson (Initiatives Director, MAAC).

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