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Statement regarding Developmental Disability transitions across the state

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities 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. Consequently, we have made the decision to suspend patient transitions into community-based settings. 

Transitions will resume on a case-by-case basis as we confirm that community placement will meet the comprehensive needs of each individual. We are working diligently in partnership with our provider network to develop homes that match each individual’s needs and preferences. 

We are confident that active management of the timing and pace of each transition will help produce successful outcomes and contribute to building a system of care allowing us to provide high-quality supports and services in local communities.

Frank W. Berry, DBHDD Commissioner