Frank W. Berry
Frank W. Berry,

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Welcome to the website of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).

Vision: Easy access to high-quality care that leads to a life of recovery and independence for the people we serve.

Mission: Leading an accountable and effective continuum of care to support Georgians with behavioral health challenges, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in a dynamic health care environment.

Here you will find resources to address immediate needs regarding our services, agency-specific policies, information about health care providers and much more. Please contact the central office or your regional field office with any questions or concerns.


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Registration for the 9th Annual System of Care Academy is now open.
June 13, 2016 - DBHDD would like to express our deepest sympathies to the victims of the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida and their families. It is important to know that 24/7 live support is available. If you or a loved one needs to speak with someone about a possible mental health crisis or problems with drugs or alcohol, call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225.
June 1, 2016 - Effective January 1, 2017, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) will transition state-funded developmental disability respite services to a fee-for-service payment model. Affected services include maintenance respite (UAS Expense Code 430) and emergency respite (UAS Expense Code 431).
DBHDD is phasing in changes to the way it pays providers for delivering state-funded adult behavioral health services. These changes begin July 1, 2016, and include a migration to a fee-for-service payment structure for specific DBHDD provider categories. This initiative only impacts providers who currently receive state funds for delivering adult behavioral health services. This transition does not create an opportunity for providers to expand state-funded services beyond those approved and authorized within their current contract.
May 18, 2016 - The State of Georgia and the United States Department of Justice have agreed to an Extension of Settlement Agreement modifying the original terms of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Settlement.
A temporary extension of 90 days has been granted to Georgia for the required renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP). The COMP waiver is under review by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as required every five years. The 90-day extension through June 28, 2016, was granted to allow CMS and the state additional time to complete the review.
Due to the adjusted go-live date of the ASO’s behavioral health information system and evaluation of provider readiness, the department has determined that an adjusted implementation date for the Fee-for-Service Initiative is warranted. DBHDD will maintain existing funding structures through June 30, 2016. On July 1, 2016, the department will implement the proposed changes in contract funding.


The FY2017 manuals for community behavioral health providers, community developmental disabilities providers, and community developmental disabilities providers of state-funded developmental disabilities services were updated June 2, 2016.
January 4, 2016 - Reports from legislative study committees are now available, including committees on Children's Mental Health and Post Secondary Education and Employment Options for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, among others.
The FY2016 Annual Synar Report and SSES Results are posted.
September 17, 2015 - The Report of the Independent Reviewer and additional reviews have been submitted.
This is the first annual report on mortality, mortality trends and related information pertaining to the health and quality of care received by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by DBHDD.
Commissioner Frank Berry presented the Proposed AFY16 & FY17 Budgets to the DBHDD Board on August 20, 2015.