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.



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.

DBHDD investigates data breach involving stolen laptop

October 9, 2014 ATLANTA—A laptop owned by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) was stolen from an employee’s vehicle on Aug. 14, 2014 while the employee was attending a conference in Clayton County, Georgia. The device contained protected health information (PHI) of individuals receiving services funded through the agency. DBHDD’s IT department is working hand-in-hand with law enforcement to investigate the theft. At this point, there is no evidence that any confidential information has been accessed. The department has followed reporting procedures required by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
October 2, 2014 ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan G. Trueblood to the position of hospital administrator at the Payton B. Cook Building on the campus of Central State Hospital in Milledgeville.
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September 17, 2014 ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) has selected ValueOptions, Inc. to serve as the department’s administrative services organization (ASO). Under the terms of the contract, ValueOptions will assist in the administration of DBHDD’s behavioral health and developmental disability care through a wide range of services.
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On Aug. 29, 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Kimberly Carroll-Hawkins of Marietta and Kenneth Holton of Valdosta to fill two open positions on the Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
August 26, 2014 - DBHDD Division of Developmental Disabilities presented Georgia's Transition Plan in accordance with the new waiver rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Department of Community Health has also opened a public comment period for these waiver amendments.
June 30, 2014 - DBHDD has released a priority plan which represents the longstanding and ongoing commitment of the State of Georgia and its Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to improve quality and address gaps in the system of supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) with a focus on capacity building, accountability and sustainability. This work involves a wide array of activities that will result in a system change that will lead to improved outcomes for the people we serve.
May 12, 2014 - The Department is pleased to announce the launch of the Behavioral Health Core Provider Redesign Initiative. The initiative, which is designed to improve access, quality, efficiencies, and fiscal accountability within the community behavioral health provider network, began readiness and implementation activities on May 12, 2014 and will continue to transpire over the course of the FY15 fiscal year. We look forward to interacting with providers through a series of information sharing events and other forms of communication in the near future. Please continue to check our website for future meeting notices, events, and updated information related to this initiative.


The Division of Developmental Disabilities is planning a series of six public forums to collect comments and suggestions for the Medicaid Waiver Programs for people with developmental disabilities. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive difference in the direction of services for individuals with developmental disabilities in Georgia. We need your input.
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.
Manuals for providers of behavioral health and developmental disabilities services are now updated, including an additional manual for providers of state-funded developmental disabilities services.
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.
The Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities approved the proposed budgets presented by DBHDD Deputy Commissioner and COO Jeff Minor for fiscal year 2016 and amended fiscal year 2015 at the board's bi-monthly meeting on Aug. 28, 2014. The department submitted the proposals to the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget on Sept. 2, 2014.
View the Georgia Department of Community Health's presentation on new federal rules and transition planning.
DBHDD conducts the Environmental Scan of Evidence-Based Practices survey annually to assess the certification, provision, and knowledge about community mental health evidence-based and promising practices in the state of Georgia. This survey assesses community mental health practices provided in Georgia during the last 12 months. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.