Established by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on October 14, 1987, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) was founded at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia to honor alumna and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Building on her commitment to human development, especially in the field of mental health, Mrs. Carter recognized that although support services were available for those diagnosed with illness, family members who were providing the majority of their day-to-day care received none. In addition, those who provided direct care services to others were also receiving no formal supports.
RCI understands the importance of providing services to caregivers in the local community as well as throughout the state of Georgia. With funding from various foundations and the Administration on Aging, RCI is able to provide effective caregiver support programs to enhance the quality of life for caregivers and those they provide care for.