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.



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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.
In March 2014, DBHDD released the request for proposal (RFP) to procure the services of an administrative services organization (ASO). The goal of the ASO is to improve access and quality through a consolidated contract to support both behavioral health and developmental disability services. DBHDD has now posted the Notice of Intent to Award (NOIA) associated with the ASO Procurement.
Recovery Month
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
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August 29, 2014 - The Department of Behavioral Health’s Office of Prevention Services and Programs (OPSP) and our partners are pleased to announce the statewide 2014 Governor’s Red Ribbon Campaign kickoff will be held Wednesday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Mablehouse Barnes Amphitheater.
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.
The comedy and personality of Robin Williams was a hallmark of a generation. His warm smile and sense of humor was an inspiration for many throughout the last four decades. His tragic death by suicide at age 63 is a stunning reminder that millions of Americans fight against depression and mental illness every day. If you know someone struggling with depression or mental illness, reach out. You could help save a life. Call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line 24 hours a day, 1-800-715-4225.
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 16, 2014 - Georgia continues to lead national efforts to implement statewide best practices in assessing, intervening and providing follow-up monitoring for persons struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings. On May 16, DBHDD hosted the 5th annual Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention College Conference at Middle Georgia State College.
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.
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 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.
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.
February 28, 2014 - 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 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.
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.
The next BH Open Enrollment will be held October 1-31, 2014. The Provider Forum will be held on September 11 in Morrow, GA.
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.
The State Human Rights Council (SHRC) is seeking to fill a vacancy under the category of medical professional. The Regional Human Rights Councils (RHRC) are seeking to fill vacancies in nine categories across DBHDD’s six regions.
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