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Ms. Dottie Adams

Director of Developmental Disabilities Services

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems

Direct Phone: (706) ***-**** ext. ****       

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Advantage Behavioral Health Systems

250 North Avenue [ Directions]

Athens, Georgia 30601

United States

Company Description

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems is a publicly-funded provider of behavioral health, developmental disability, and addictive disease services for Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties. A Com ... more

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Employment History

Family Support Director

Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Advocacy Director

Governor's Council

Case Manager

Barrow County Mental Health Center



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Manager: Dottie Adams 250 North Avenue Athens, GA 30601-2244 Phone: (706) 542-8812 x1141 FAX: (706) 542-8005Hospitals (not ABHS) (index)

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Dottie Adams - Retiring but not Saying Goodbye from MAD Summer 2012
By Dottie Adams, GCDD's Individual and Family Supports Director
- Dottie Adams
Over her career, Dottie has formed both professional and personal lifelong relationships with many of her colleagues. The following comments are just a few of the many people Dottie has impacted over the past 35 years.
I have known Dottie since about 1984 and I have come to learn that there is only one Dottie and no one can fill her shoes. I have been lucky enough to develop both a professional and personal relationship with her over the years, including the birth of my child and her godson, who is now 18.
Dottie has always had an admiration and appreciation for people who work in direct support roles and worked to create learning opportunities for them. This is an interest and commitment we both share, and it has helped join us to work on numerous projects including statewide conferences, individual futures planning sessions, core gifts workshops, storytelling events and a direct support professional statewide project initiated by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities in 2003.
Even though Dottie is one of the busiest people I know, her commitment to families is one of her greatest attributes. Regardless of what else is on her plate, she will be there if needed to support or assist a family. She truly believes that when people with disabilities are not participating in their community, it's the community that's "missing out."
There probably isn't a single provider organization in the State that hasn't been impacted by her work, or at least knows her name. Although Dottie makes her opinions and visions for people with disabilities clear wherever she is or whatever she is involved in, providers are not offended by her views and often even solicit her advice and assistance.
Dottie has helped numerous families realize a future they probably would not have without her participation and is valued and appreciated by people all over the country. Her work, advocacy and dedication in the disability community will be truly missed.
I first met Dottie over 20 years ago when I moved to Athens and we both worked at Northeast Georgia Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. She worked on the Intake and Evaluation interdisciplinary team and I served as director of several service centers. Since both of us worked with people who needed supports and person-centered planning, our work crossed in many ways.
In reality, Dottie was a pioneer for personcentered and family support planning. She worked closely with staff to train, teach and make us truly understand what person-centered support meant and how it could change lives.
Dottie is extremely intuitive in supporting people to live their dreams and have meaningful lives in the community. She listens with her heart when people express their desires, and she is tireless in reaching out to the community and finding opportunities for individuals to realize their dreams.
Later on I became the director of Developmental Disabilities Services at Advantage Behavioral Health Systems and Dottie moved from Athens to work for GCDD, but we kept in touch. For seven years in a row, Dottie came to present on person-centered planning to the students in the Direct Support Professional Certificate Program classes Sally Carter and I taught at Athens Tech.
Dottie has been a great role model and mentor to me. I've learned to listen to people and what they are communicating and how important it is to build relationships and opportunities in the community. She is a dear friend and inspires me both professionally and personally.
She gives her time to everyone and goes above and beyond to help individuals achieve their goals and maintain her relationships outside of a professional setting. Her dedication amazes me. She will work all day and then stay up late at night making quilts to raise money for the American Cancer Society and a team she organizes and supports for her own doctor's relay for life team.
Dottie is an inspiration and has touched so many people's lives. She will be missed, but I know she is the type of person who always gives her gifts and will be back to help whenever she is needed.
I met Dottie about 24 years ago when I was new in Georgia. While trying to decide whether to move here with our 21-year-old son, who needed extensive services and supports, I was given her name as someone who knew the disability community.
At the time, there was only one provider of residential services for people with disabilities in Athens, and they would not take our son, whom they described as "too disabled. Although Dottie couldn't help us get services, she tolerated my numerous phone calls and connected me with other parents who were equally desperate for services.
Dottie invited me to the seminar where I first learned about supported living. Soon I began to attend more seminars, conferences and workshops, until I found myself on a path of becoming a "professional parent" determined to make a meaningful life possible for not only my son, but other people's children as well. I call Dottie one of my first teachers on this path to new ways of thinking about our son's life and we soon began to work more closely together.
Dottie was instrumental in the founding of Georgia Options. Since the 70s, Dottie tried to advocate for person-centered services in a system that was not necessarily geared up for it. Through Dottie's example and the many conversations we had, I began to envision a transformed life for our son. She told me that once you get the "aha" moment, you can never go back to old ways of thinking about services. And she was right.
So how do I describe Dottie? Hardworking up to and past the deadline. She once told me "We can work miracles in 24 hours. She is knowledgeable, especially about personal futures planning, totally committed to people with disabilities and their families, endlessly patient, loyal to her friends, fearless in doing what is right for people and always optimistic in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Surely, she will be missed. Just as surely, she deserves some rest. Well done, Dottie.

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