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

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

Mission: 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 field office with any questions or concerns.


DBHDD's Office of Adult Mental Health announces the upcoming Unspoken Wounds Conference scheduled for March 13-15, 2016 in Savannah, Georgia. Early bird registration is now open until February 12. Regular registration will be open from February 13 to March 1.
Georgia Collaborative ASO
November 23, 2015 - There will be a period of down time (December 1-10) during the transition from the APS Healthcare system to the Georgia Collaborative ASO. While the effective go-live date of the Collaborative is December 1, 2015, providers will begin entering information into the authorization system, Provider CONNECT, on December 11, 2015.
November 18, 2015 - This booklet was designed by the Georgia Interagency Directors Team (IDT) to help providers serving Georgia’s TAYYA and their families better understand this population, in order to provide the best, most appropriate services and supports for this group.
November 18, 2015 - Provider Toolkit for Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions
Due to the adjusted go-live date of the ASO’s behavioral health information system and evaluation of provider readiness, the department has determined that an adjusted implementation date for the Fee-for-Service Initiative is warranted. DBHDD will maintain existing funding structures through June 30, 2016. On July 1, 2016, the department will implement the proposed changes in contract funding.
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.


January 4, 2016 - Reports from legislative study committees are now available, including committees on Children's Mental Health and Post Secondary Education and Employment Options for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, among others.
The FY2016 Annual Synar Report and SSES Results are posted.
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 December 1, 2015.
September 17, 2015 - The Report of the Independent Reviewer and additional reviews have been submitted.
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.