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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DBHDD News

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.
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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.
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Announcements

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.
Manuals for providers of behavioral health and developmental disabilities services are now posted, including an additional manual for providers of state-funded developmental disabilities services.
The next Open Enrollment period for Developmental Disabilities Services will be July 1-31, 2014. The Department is seeking providers for each of the six regions who will provide residential services for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.
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.
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