Prominent DeKalb County Officials Join DeKalb CSB Board of Directors

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Board members express the need for proactive approaches to combating mental illness

DeKalb Community Service Board (DeKalb CSB), a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services to individuals in need, announced today that two new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The new members include Debra DeBerry, Clerk of Superior Court of DeKalb County and Commissioner Stan Watson of DeKalb County Super District 7. DeBerry and Commissioner Watson’s appointment expands the DeKalb CSB Board to 12 directors.

Clerk Debra DeBerry is a 20-year resident of DeKalb County with over 35 years of experience in the public and private sector. In 2002, her career in DeKalb County began as Chief Deputy Clerk of Superior Court. In her current position as Clerk of Superior Court, DeBerry manages over one hundred employees who provide services to the citizens of the county and she also manages an annual budget of over $6 million dollars.

“DeKalb CSB is an important conduit in our community and county for mental health and crisis services,” said DeBerry. “My motivation for joining the Board of DeKalb CSB was to help garner more necessary funding and to build awareness of mental illness and the organizations that provide services to those affected by it. With this new role, I hope to bring to light the statistics and facts of mental health, the lack of treatment and funding, and how it critically affects every citizen in our community.”

Commissioner Stan Watson is a dedicated and proven leader who has served DeKalb County in volunteer and in elected positions for over thirty (30) years. He is a former member of the Georgia General Assembly, serving for twelve years. He is the former Chairman of the DeKalb House Delegation and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

“I have served on the DeKalb CSB Advisory Board for over 10 years and have been a champion for community service boards throughout the state of Georgia,” said Commissioner Watson. “Community Service Boards provide a very much needed service, not only to my constituents, but to all of the citizens of DeKalb County and the State of Georgia. As an active member of the Board, I am excited to bring access to information, build awareness and to facilitate relationships to support the great work of the organization.”

DeKalb Community Service Board Chief Executive Officer Gary Richey thanked those that have served on the board and welcomed the new members. “Serving on the board of a thriving organization like DeKalb CSB requires dedication, time, and a commitment to improving the overall health of our communities. We are incredibly grateful for the service of all of our current members and are excited to welcome our new board members, who bring with them a fresh perspective and a different personal approach. I know that their service will provide tremendous benefits to the board and organization as a whole.”

DeKalb CSB Board Chair David Sibley added, “As our board continues to evolve, our progress is attributable to the diversity and talent of its membership. I am delighted to welcome our newest board members. DeKalb CSB serves the needs of over 10,000 extraordinary individuals struggling with behavioral health and developmental disabilities each year. We consider ourselves fortunate to attract the quality of leadership exemplified by Ms. DeBerry and Commissioner Watson.”

DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services. Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 10,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives. DeKalb CSB employs more than 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

The public is invited to DeKalb CSB board meetings, held bimonthly on the fourth Thursday in Room 421 of the EL Richardson Health Center, 445 Winn Way in Decatur. For more information, visit http://www.dekcsb.org or call 404.508.7875.

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