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Behavioral Health Licensing Unit

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The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) has been designated as the entity to accomplish licensing/permit protocols and associated procedures for Crisis Stabilization Units (Authority O.C.G.A. Sec. 37-1-29) as well as Emergency Receiving, Evaluation, and Treatment Facilities (Authority O.C.G.A. Sec. 37-3-40, 37-3-60, 37-3-80) for the State of Georgia. A targeted team within DBHDD, known as the Behavioral Health Licensing Unit (BHLU), has been created to carry out these functions. This website is designed to guide and assist you through the application/licensing process. 

NOTE: DBHDD Behavioral Health Licensing Unit is only responsible for the licensure of Crisis Stabilization Units and the designation of Emergency Receiving, Evaluation, Treatment Facilities and as such, is not responsible for the licensing of other facilities and/or provider enrollment. Please see the FAQs section for further licensing/provider resources.


Crisis Stabilization Units

Applications / Forms

Rules and Regulations

Tools / Resources

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Emergency Receiving, Evaluation, and Treatment (ERET) Facilities

Application / Forms

Tools / Resources

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers (PDF)

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Contact Us

DBHDD Behavioral Health Licensing Unit
Two Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 23-277
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142

Fax: 770-359-4655

Wendy Tiegreen, M.S.W.
O: 404-463-2468
F: 404-463-6678

Cheryl Abernathy Ph.D., L.M.S.W.
Behavioral Health Licensing Team Lead
O: 404-463-0980
F: 770-344-5603

Shola Adewunmi, BSN, MA, MBA
Behavioral Health Licensing Specialist
O: 404-463-9137
F: 678-717-5508

Maxine Cook
Behavioral Health Licensing Analyst
O: 404-657-1652
F: 770-359-4655

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