Frank W. Berry has been commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) since 2012. During his more than 25 years of public service, Berry has gained a reputation for his commitment to providing quality health care to individuals with behavioral health and developmental disability needs.
Berry places a high value on working as a team with consumers, family members, advocates, service providers, elected officials, state and federal agencies, and all DBHDD employees to achieve the department’s mission: To provide high-quality health care for individuals with behavioral health challenges or developmental disabilities 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.
To achieve its mission, DBHDD is shifting health care delivery from an institutional model to a community-based system of care. As DBHDD and its partners increasingly serve individuals with behavioral health and developmental disability needs in community-based, less restrictive settings, the communities grow and reap numerous benefits.
Prior to being named Commissioner of DBHDD, Berry served as the Chief Executive Officer for View Point Health in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where he led a 450-member team to deliver a wide array of services to clients with behavioral health needs and developmental disabilities.