DR. DOREEN WILLIAMS

YOUR CALM VOICE OF REASON

In 2014, I campaigned on three things:
  • Establish an ethics board

           *** It is now up and functioning and conducts business as needed.

  • Promote a strategic plan for the county 

           *** Conducted a county-wide survey 

       *** The results continue to be used in decision-making

       *** Hired a consultant to finalize the mission, vision, and action plan – ongoing.

  • Provide a calm voice of reason (ONGOING!)

ALL CAMPAIGN PROMISES KEPT

FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE

SO WHAT HAVE I DONE SINCE THEN?

* CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
  • Organized participation in the Stepping Up Initiative: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
  • Initiated passage of a resolution to keep non-violent offenders with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders out of the jail and court system and into treatment
  • Organized a meeting with a national expert and local stakeholders (Judges, Sheriff’s command staff, View Point Health, Piedmont Rockdale Medical Center, local non-profits, and others) to discuss criminal justice reform and discuss next steps in Rockdale County
  • Co-chair with Judge Nancy Bills a committee seeking a grant to fund a Rockdale Early Diversion Initiative
*CULTURAL ARTS AND QUALITY OF LIFE
  • Advocated for and received BOC approval for increased programs to expand arts and culture opportunities and services in Rockdale County
  • Introduced the need for more arts and culture as part of our economic development strategy.
  • Serve on the Atlanta Regional Commission steering committee for creating a strategic plan for arts and culture in the region.
  • Approved the development of Costley Mill Park which provides a beautiful setting for family, company, and organization events as well as a source of revenue for Rockdale County
*TRANSPORTATION
  • Recognized the need in Rockdale County for an intra-county transportation system, especially for seniors, students, and others
  • Worked closely with The Blue Bus, a private, for-profit company that will provide limited service for Medicaid consumers in Rockdale County.
*MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE
  • Raise Awareness
  •   Provide Education
  • Reduce Stigma
  • Organized two Mental Health Symposiums for business, non-profit, governmental, law enforcement, media, and pastoral leaders in order to improve awareness of mental health needs and resources in Rockdale County
  • Collaborated with numerous county and community organizations to offer three Community Conversations on Mental Health Forums that were highly successful and well attended by over 200 people.
  • Currently in the process of planning a fourth forum to be held on November 15, 2018. This forum will focus on the needs of veterans.
  • Advocated for and celebrated the initiation of a Mental Health Accountability Court in Rockdale County in addition to the DUI court and the Drug Court which were already functioning.
  • Vice-Chair for View Point Health Board of Directors, member since 2009
  • Lobbied at both the state capitol and the national capitol for increased mental health funding.
*SERVICE
  • National Association for Counties (NACo) Health Steering Committee
  • Atlanta Regional Council (ARC) Community Resource Committee, Steering Committee for Arts and Culture
  • Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Health and Human Services Policy Committee, Chair
  • Public Image and Policy Committee for the Georgia Association of Community Service Boards (GACSB), Acting Chair

Let’s ensure that the history and heritage of Rockdale County is not forgotten, but moving forward and keeping up with the changing world around us.

 

     

COMMON SENSE TO FIND COMMON GROUND FOR THE COMMON GOOD