A thriving community is one that maintains the health and well-being of it's entire population, and like so many communities throughout the U.S., ours is at risk. The crisis, often overlooked, is demonstrated by our high rates of poverty, unresolved behavioral health and substance-use issues, children in care, housing instability, and recidivism.
Our community must deliver an integrated approach to create change and lasting impact. However, Northwest Georgia has a critical lack of resources and evidence-based practices that address these conditions of crisis and their impact on individuals and families in the community.
To meet the crisis head-on, Healthy Foundations was established to collectively impact our community of Northwest Georgia. This means bringing together multiple organizations that share a common agenda to uplift our own out of crisis and maintain a thriving community for ALL who call Northwest Georgia home.
Healthy Foundations, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization and is an initiative of North Georgia Healthcare Center. Healthy Foundations is a Collective Integrated Healthcare initiative designed to meet the integrated primary health, behavioral health, and social needs of our community - in our community. By integrating care through collective, community-based partnerships, individuals and families are more satisfied with their care, more accepting of care, and ultimately demonstrate improved quality of life.
Healthy Foundations is a wellness community for individuals and families to receive holistic support in their journey to self-sufficiency. We assess every individual and family prior to admitting them to the campus for fit within our program. While we will provide counseling for behavioral health issues such a depression, ADHD, PTSD and similar conditions within our admitted residents, we will refer mental health treatment to the appropriate licensed facilities. This is the same for substance use disorder. Less than 15% of our space on campus is designed for servicing substance use disorders and behavioral health counseling.
Our main campus - Healthy Foundations Community Resource Village (CRV) - will be located on a picturesque 374-acre property on South Burnt Mill Road in Lafayette, Georgia. This property is centrally located to serve the communities of Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga, and Dade counties. The initiative calls for establishment of smaller (undetermined) satellite locations in each of the counties mentioned to serve those in their community that do not need the comprehensive services provided at the CRV.
Healthy Foundations will be funded by private individuals, Federal and State agencies, private foundations, corporate partners, individual donors and capital campaigns. The operating expenses will generally be funded by fee-for-service insurance reimbursements, state and federal government contracts, and earned revenue opportunities offered by on-campus conferences, events, dining facilities, etc.
A primary objective of Healthy Foundations is to create positive economic impact in the community by: 1) creating employment opportunities; and 2) transforming individuals, who would otherwise be a financial drain on community resources, into contributing members of society who hold consistent employment.
Other facilities and services include a "Kid City" daycare center, dental services, library, chapel, recreation facility and fields, walking trails, laundry facilities, staff housing, and an industrial kitchen and dining facilities to serve residents, staff and visitors. The campus will also offer therapeutic activities such as equine and music therapy and gardening/farming.
Healthy Foundations interventions are designed to improve health & well-being, housing stability, youth preparedness, and income opportunities in our community. Our campus will be centrally located to serve all residents living in Northwest Georgia, but will target the following clients:
All applicants will be assessed for their individual service needs. Those who are identified as “ready for change” will become clients, based on availability, and are provided case management throughout their journey.
We’re partnering with Gentec Cyber Security, an international leader in security systems. Deploying their geofencing and radio-frequency identification technology, we will know where each individual is 24/7 and that they remain in various zones to participate in programming. They will also use tag readers and facial recognition technology connected to state databases to
screen everyone coming to the campus. This is the same type of tracking technology currently used by the City of Atlanta and Clemson University.
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