The role of the Advocacy Department is to be the mental conscience of Georgia Pines. The Agency’s Chief Advocate serves on the Management Team as part of an ongoing representation of the population served at Georgia Pines Community Service Board focusing on and influencing the agency’s decisions of policies and procedures in a person-centered point of view. The Chief Advocate provides on going annual trainings that incorporates this person-centered approach to both staff and individuals throughout the agency. Such representation has been found throughout treatment systems in Georgia to aid in monitoring and improving recovery systems of care and provide successful recovery.
The Advocacy Department aids recovery staff get certified trainings throughout several programs. Such trainings include Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Parent Specialist (CPS-P), Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) Whole Health Action Management Coaches(WHAM), and RESPECT Institute Grads, etc. Advocates works with HR to makes sure certification is current and education is continued annually.