A Message from Commissioner Frank Berry

Frank Berry

Welcome to the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) website. 

DBHDD provides treatment and support services to people with behavioral health challenges and addictive diseases, and assists individuals who live with developmental disabilities. Our agency’s mission is to provide high-quality health care opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities or behavioral health challenges close to their homes, so they can live a life of independence and recovery and create a sustainable, self-sufficient and resilient life in their community.

Our website provides many resources to address immediate needs regarding behavioral health and developmental disability services, agency-specific policies, information about healthcare providers and much more. Please contact my office or your regional office with any questions or concerns.



DBHDD's Division of Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that it will again host a two-day Behavioral Health Symposium to inform professionals about best practices in the delivery of behavioral health services and supports. DBHDD is seeking proposals for presentations in both the clinical and leadership tracks. Presentations should be interactive and designed for a 90 minute session that may be repeated up to a maximum of three times a day.
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities will host an awards ceremony for winners of the 2014 Red Ribbon Week competition on March 30, 2015. The celebration honors schools and community-based organizations that have done an exemplary job of educating their communities about living drug-free and making healthy lifestyle choices.
Georgia Collaborative ASO
Learn more about the background, overview, goals and functions, and implementation process of the Georgia Collaborative ASO.
Ken Whiddon
A pioneer of peer support counseling, an advocate of supported employment and a provider of recovery-focused services, William Kenneth “Ken” Whiddon, who lived with serious and persistent mental illness, passed away January 20.
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) has received notice that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that the Gracewood ICF unit is in substantial compliance with CMS regulations. This is important news following the notice of CMS' intent to decertify the unit.
November 3, 2014 - The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) joined the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) in promoting events during last week’s kick-off for Red Ribbon Week, a national week to recognize national efforts aimed at reducing the number of minors using and abusing tobacco, alcohol, drugs and prescriptions.


The next Behavioral Health Open Enrollment will be held May 1-31, 2015.
Commissioner Frank Berry presented the FY2016 Budget to the Senate Appropriations, Human Development & Public Health Subcommittee and the House Appropriations, Human Resources Subcommittee.

Community Provider Manuals

The FY2015 manuals for community behavioral health providers, community developmental disabilities providers and community developmental disabilities providers of state-funded developmental disabilities services were updated February 27, 2015.
DBHDD is looking for interested stakeholders who would like to apply to be a member of the DD Advisory Council. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Department/Division of Developmental Disabilities on matters relating to the care and service of people with developmental disabilities served by the Department.
DBHDD is the state authority for behavioral health and developmental disabilities. Our goal is to establish an effective and accountable continuum of care that is sustainable in a dynamic health care environment. To support this goal, we are reshaping our organizational structure to create a centrally-managed model that is aligned by function.