- To ensure the protection of health and human rights of persons with developmental disabilities, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) is calling for volunteers to participate in the Human Rights Council.
- As authorized by DBHDD Policy #02-1101, the Human Rights Council is an advisory review body and determines rights violations. The Council reviews allegations of suspected individual rights violations, individual support plans related to individuals being prescribed five or more psychotropic drugs, and all requests for participation of individuals receiving DD services in experimental research to ensure adherence to the practices of DBHDD.
- There are at least two council bodies in each of DBHDD’s six regions with seven to nine people in each review body. Meetings are convened on a quarterly basis for each of these councils.
- For those interested in volunteering, please send a resume and a one-page cover letter describing your qualifications and the reasons you would like to serve on the Council. Send materials to:
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
DD Human Rights Council Referrals
How To Submit a Referral:
In order to submit a DD related human rights compliant, violation, or concern to the Human Rights Council (HRC), please complete the DD Human Rights External Referral Form. This information will assist in our efforts in determining whether the human rights of an individual receiving developmental disability services are protected. The information you provide will be kept in strict confidence.
Individuals have the right to confidentiality of their clinical records and treatment information.
If you are a individual, guardian of the person of a individual, parent or court-ordered legal custodian of a minor individual, you can authorize us to access records and treatment information of the individual so that we may assist the individual most fully, by completing and signing the Authorization for Release of Information form (pdf).
Who Can Submit a Referral:
- People receiving services
- Family member
- Legal representative
- Concerned private citizen
- Provider Human Rights Subcommittee
- Support Coordinator
- Provider Organization
Division Review Authorities
- Behavior Program Review Committee (BPRC)
- Delmarva Foundation staff
- Medicaid staff
- Division staff