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.


Georgia Collaborative ASO
May 22, 2015 - Our go-live date for certain behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services remains July 1, 2015. However, certain activities will be phased beyond this date as part of our ongoing implementation.
Emory University
April 29, 2015 - The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and the Emory Autism Center (EAC) have signed an agreement to improve Georgia’s community-based infrastructure for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
DBHDD's Division of Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that it will again host a two-day Behavioral Health Symposium to inform professionals about best practices in the delivery of behavioral health services and supports. DBHDD is seeking proposals for presentations in both the clinical and leadership tracks. Presentations should be interactive and designed for a 90 minute session that may be repeated up to a maximum of three times a day.
Georgia Collaborative ASO
Learn more about the background, overview, goals and functions, and implementation process of the Georgia Collaborative ASO.
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.


DBHDD has unveiled new vision and mission statements .
Commissioner Frank Berry presented the FY2016 Budget to the Senate Appropriations, Human Development & Public Health Subcommittee and the House Appropriations, Human Resources Subcommittee.

Community Provider Manuals

The FY2015 manuals for community behavioral health providers, community developmental disabilities providers and community developmental disabilities providers of state-funded developmental disabilities services were updated February 27, 2015.
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.