Frank W. Berry
Frank W. Berry,
Commissioner

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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.

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DBHDD News

An inter-agency partnership to end stigma, promote mental health, and highlight Georgia’s successful re-entry programs and resources.
The Georgia Department of Community Health in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides public notice related to the state’s plan to comply with new regulation governing the settings in which services to Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver recipients may be provided.
DBHDD would like to offer interested persons the opportunity to review its DRAFT Federal Fiscal Year 2017 application for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Mental Health Block Grant Program (MHBG). MHBG funds are provided by the federal government to all states that submit an application successfully meeting the requirements as specified by SAMHSA.
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The annual report on mortality, mortality trends, and related information pertaining to the health and care received by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by DBHDD is now available. The report focuses on an analysis of mortality data and findings from DBHDD’s mortality review process.
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August 2, 2016 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Georgia Department of Public Health cautions travelers, especially women who are pregnant, to protect themselves against mosquito bites when heading to countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
July 5, 2016 - Updated information is now available for the new HCBS waiver service in Georgia for FY2017.
June 1, 2016 - Effective January 1, 2017, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) will transition state-funded developmental disability respite services to a fee-for-service payment model. Affected services include maintenance respite (UAS Expense Code 430) and emergency respite (UAS Expense Code 431).
DBHDD is phasing in changes to the way it pays providers for delivering state-funded adult behavioral health services. These changes begin July 1, 2016, and include a migration to a fee-for-service payment structure for specific DBHDD provider categories. This initiative only impacts providers who currently receive state funds for delivering adult behavioral health services. This transition does not create an opportunity for providers to expand state-funded services beyond those approved and authorized within their current contract.
May 18, 2016 - The State of Georgia and the United States Department of Justice have agreed to an Extension of Settlement Agreement modifying the original terms of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Settlement.
DBHDD and DCH continue to wait on the approval from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the renewal of the COMP Waiver Application.
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If you or a loved one needs help dealing with a behavioral health crisis, the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) offers free and confidential crisis intervention 24/7.

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