Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislation in Georgia, with Representative Todd Jones, Georgia House District 25 (Episode 86, To Your Health with Dr. Jim Morrow)
Representative Todd Jones, Georgia House District 25, was Dr. Morrow’s guest on this episode of To Your Health. Rep. Jones discussed the state of mental health care in Georgia, HB 1013, the “Mental Health Parity Act,” which passed in 2022, as well as House Bill 520, which is in Senate committee currently and builds on HB 1013. He also discussed telemedicine, the state’s efforts in workforce development to bring more mental health providers to the state, the mental health hotline, 988, advice for caregivers, and much more.
You can find a video of their conversation here.
Representative Todd Jones, Georgia House District 25
Representative Todd Jones represents the citizens of House District 25, which encompasses South Forsyth and North Fulton Counties. He was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives on November 8, 2016, and sworn into office on January 9, 2017. Todd started his third term representing District 25 on January 11, 2021.
Rep. Jones serves as the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and as the vice chairman of the Science & Technology Committee. Further, Todd serves as a member of the Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight, Code Revision, Economic Development & Tourism, Education, Industry & Labor and Judiciary committees. He also serves on the Special Committee on Access to Quality Health Care.
Todd’s business experience has focused on triple-bottom line companies that focus on social, environmental, and financial impacts. From changing K-12 education worldwide to launching energy projects in the developing world to deploying EHS software, each company created accretive, positive return on investment. During his time as a business executive, he has worked with companies like Johnson Controls, Goldman Sachs, Goodyear, Cardinal Health, John Deere, Walgreens, Morgan Stanley and Cargill.
In 2010, Todd was named “Co-Volunteer of the Year” by the Forsyth County Board of Education. He has also served on a variety of community executive boards including the SPES Dads Club and SFHS Touchdown Club.
Todd holds a Juris Doctor (1994) and Bachelor of Administration in Finance (1989) from the University of Florida(UF). Todd served as his fraternity’s president and treasurer, UF student senator and Greek Council student representative. He was named to the “University’s Who’s Who “at UF.
As an alumnus, Todd has sat on his fraternity’s board of directors, delivered guest lectures at the UF business, law and political science schools, and led a variety of alumni activities.
Todd has been married to his high school sweetheart, Tracey Jones, for more than 25 years. Tracey and Todd have three sons and one daughter. The family has called South Forsyth County home for more than 14 years.
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Dr. Jim Morrow, Village Medical, and Host of To Your Health with Dr. Jim Morrow
Dr. Jim Morrow is the founder of Morrow Family Medicine, now part of the Village Medical family of practices. He has been a trailblazer and evangelist in healthcare information technology, was named Physician IT Leader of the Year by HIMSS, a HIMSS Davies Award Winner, the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce Steve Bloom Award Winner as Entrepreneur of the Year and he received a Phoenix Award as Community Leader of the Year from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Peggie Morrow and together they founded the Forsyth BYOT Benefit, a charity in Forsyth County to support students in need of technology and devices. They have two Goldendoodles, a gaggle of grandchildren and enjoy life on and around Lake Lanier.
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