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.


April 17, 2014 - The Joint Filing and the Supplemental Report of the Independent Reviewer released on March 23, 2014 are now posted.
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April 9, 2014 - The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) remains committed to building and supporting a continuum of care for individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health issues in Georgia. To achieve this vision, we are building capacity in local communities to ensure the provision of high-quality care in the community and in our hospitals. As we proceed, members of our leadership team are vital to our success.
April 9, 2014 - DBHDD Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking public comment on the draft of the Provider Manual for Community Providers of State Funded Services.
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April 8, 2014 - The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is committed to providing all persons with access to high quality services of their choosing close to home. Through the Office of Deaf Services, DBHDD is working to provide deaf and hard of hearing individuals with meaningful access to the broad array of services.
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April 3, 2014 - DBHDD’s Office of Deaf Services welcomed new statewide interpreter coordinator Deb Walker in February. Deb brings almost 20 years of experience as a certified interpreter by the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
March 20, 2014 - DBHDD has continued the work of procuring an administrative services organization (ASO) in an effort to improve the current service delivery infrastructure and system monitoring. We are pleased to announce that the RFP for this project has been released and can be found on the Team Georgia Marketplace.
March 11, 2014 - DBHDD remains firm in our commitment to the development of a statewide community-based system of care. As a result of the department’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are assessing the unique needs of all individuals with developmental disabilities currently residing in our hospitals. Consequently, we have made the decision to suspend patient transitions into community-based settings.


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The next BH Open Enrollment will be held October 1-31, 2014. The Provider Forum will be held in September 2014. The Department will announce the exact date on this website as soon as the details are determined.
As the department continues to build community-based services throughout Georgia, our goal is to provide easy access to high-quality services. The Community Reinvestment & Expansion Project shows current services and locations, and those that will be built in 2014 and 2015.
The FY 2014 Provider Manuals for Community Behavioral Health Providers and Community Developmental Disabilities Providers have been updated on February 28, 2014.
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