Deaf Services

The Office of Deaf Services is committed to providing deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind individuals access to behavioral health and developmental disabilities services. For information about DBHDD Deaf Services, please contact:

Candice M. Tate, Ph.D.
Director of Deaf Services

Kelly M. Sterling, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Director, Deaf Services

Amy Peterson, MS, CDI
Deaf Services Coordinator
(404) 991-2306

Sign Language Interpreter Services
For information related to Sign Language Interpreter services, please contact:

Debra Walker, RID: CI, CT, SC:L
Interpreter Coordinator
(404) 232-1624
(404) 991-2308 (VP)

Jeffrey Bigger, NIC
Staff Interpreter
(404) 657-6087
(404) 308-2348 (text)
(404) 991-2356 (VP)

Intensive Residential Treatment Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
DBHDD, via contract with Caring Works, Inc., provides ASAM Level III.5 Intensive Residential Treatment services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals with substance use disorders. The program is staffed by individuals who are ASL Fluent and clinically prepared to provide treatment. 

To make a referral to this program, please contact Caring Works, Inc. at (404) 564-4181 ext. 223. 


Trauma in the Deaf Population: Definition, Experience, and Services by Candice Tate (2012)

Position Statement on Mental Health Interpreting Services with People who are Deaf

Office of Deaf Services Organizational Chart (April 2014)