DBHDD's vision is:

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

To accomplish this, our mission is:

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.

Find resources to address immediate needs regarding our services, agency-specific policies, information about health care providers, and more. Contact the central office or your regional field office with any questions or concerns.


On May 29, 2018, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) released a request for proposal (RFP) for a new blended mobile crisis response service. Currently, the department contracts for the provision of two separate mobile crisis systems. Mobile crisis response teams are composed of trained, licensed, and credentialed staff who are dispatched into the community by the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) to respond to behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disability crises. The teams provide rapid response, crisis de-escalation, brief intervention, and linkage/referral to necessary services and supports.
Resources for Netflix series 13 Reasons Why
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health of Developmental Disabilities Office of Behavioral Health Prevention is aware that the second season “13 Reasons Why” television series will become available on Netflix May 18, 2018. Following the first season of this series, our experts fielded questions about the content of the show and available resources for individuals in need of services. If parents permit or young people elect to watch this series, we encourage them to do so with an adult and utilize our “Spot the Signs, Talk About It, and Get Help” tool. This may be an opportune time for staff, parents, and any suicide prevention stakeholders to promote discussions on the topic and provide resources for identifying warning signs, guidelines for talking about it, and avenues for getting help. Individuals in need of services should contact GCAL at 1-800-715-4225 or www.mygcal.com to obtain access to care.
DBHDD seeks to review data regularly supplied by support coordination agencies and performance data collected by DBHDD on support coordination agencies. The purpose of this report is to analyze data to assess the performance of support coordinators, their agencies, and Medicaid Waiver support coordination services provision.
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DBHDD prepared the Multiyear Planning Lists Strategic Plan in response to this request and presented it to the 2018 General Assembly.
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The report is the result of a collaborative partnership that included support from seven private Atlanta-based foundations and serves as a complement to the work of the Commission on Children’s Mental Health, which was created by Governor Nathan Deal in 2017.
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The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) will be releasing a request for proposal (RFP) for a new blended mobile crisis response service.
We are proud to announce the launch of a refreshed brand identity as part of our continued evolution. After eight years as a standalone agency, we have clearly established our vision, mission, and values, and it’s time for our “look” to reflect that identity. The updated brand more accurately represents who we are today: a dynamic health care organization dedicated to a vision of easy access to high-quality care that leads to a life of recovery and independence for the people we serve.
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Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the release of the report from the Commission on Children’s Mental Health, a commission created via executive order in June to provide recommendations for improving state mental health services for children. (December 12, 2017)
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Seven states have been selected to participate in a year-long learning collaborative designed to assist state efforts to improve Medicaid managed care for Children with Special Health Care Needs. The collaborative will be facilitated by NASHP in partnership with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). NASHP and AMCHP will provide technical assistance and learning opportunities, with emphasis placed on use of the National Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Medicaid quality measurement. The seven states participating in the learning collaborative, which is supported by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, are Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. For more information, write to KVanLandeghem@nashp.org.
DBHDD has a disaster mental health website at http://www.georgiadisaster.info/. The site is paid for by the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Healthcare Preparedness Program with funding from the US Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The Resilience Collaborative developed and maintains the website.
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The Behavioral Health Coordinating Council approved the most recent System of Care report at the August 16th meeting.
ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) has been awarded the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
ATLANTA—The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.
Grant Summary: The grant aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (including both prescription opioids and illicit drugs, such as heroin). The funds must be spent on maximizing existing funding streams in the current system, with 80% of the dollars being allocated toward treatment and recovery support services.
For access to services, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL). GCAL is available 365 days a year to help you or someone you care for in a Mental Health crisis, crisis related to a intellectual/developmental disability and/or substance use crisis.