Frank W. Berry
Frank W. Berry,

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

Easy access to high-quality care that leads to a life of recovery and independence for the people we serve.

Leading an accountable and effective continuum of care to support Georgians with behavioral health challenges, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in a dynamic health care environment.

Here you will find resources to address immediate needs regarding our services, agency-specific policies, information about health care providers and much more.

Please contact the central office or your regional office with any questions or concerns.


October 5, 2015 - The 2016 Unspoken Wounds Conference is scheduled for March 13-15, 2016 in Savannah, Georgia. DBHDD's Office of Adult Mental Health is seeking proposals for workshops and presentations. All presentations should be related to or include information about working with veterans/service members and/or their family members.
October 1, 2015 - The federally mandated transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is in effect. Providers should be reminded that claims submitted to GAMMIS (HP) for services rendered on or after today's date that do not contain the ICD-10 coding will be pended, denied or rejected. Please also note that NOS or “not otherwise specified” codes will be denied as there is not enough clinical documentation to determine the diagnosis.
July 1, 2015 - Beacon Health Options (Beacon) announced today that it began serving individuals who qualify for Georgia’s Medicaid and state-funded behavioral health benefits. Beacon provides administrative services in support of DBHDD.
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.


September 25, 2015 - The Georgia Collaborative authorization process is projected to go live in December.
September 17, 2015 - The Report of the Independent Reviewer and additional reviews have been submitted.
The FY2016 manuals for community behavioral health providers, community developmental disabilities providers and community developmental disabilities providers of state-funded developmental disabilities services were updated September 1, 2015.
This is the first annual report on mortality, mortality trends and related information pertaining to the health and quality of care received by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by DBHDD.
Commissioner Frank Berry presented the Proposed AFY16 & FY17 Budgets to the DBHDD Board on August 20, 2015.