DBHDD's vision is to provide:

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.


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).
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"Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, as 1 in 5 U.S. adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. However, everyone is affected or impacted by mental illness through friends and family." - Visit www.nami.org for more information
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NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.
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.
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is pleased to announce the following leadership changes in the Division of Developmental Disabilities effective Thursday, February 16, 2017. Ronald “Ron” F. Wakefield has been appointed director of the division....
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Anyone experiencing a behavioral health crisis should call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225. Resources can also be found at http://georgiadisaster.info.
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Ringing in the New Year is filled with festivities that for many include the consumption of alcohol. As you make plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve, consider this: your toast could cost you $10,000.
ATLANTA—Judy Fitzgerald today was sworn in as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) by Governor Nathan Deal. She was appointed to the role by Deal last month to replace Frank Berry, who now leads the Department of Community Health.
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As Georgia’s authority on mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities, DBHDD participates in public policy discussions that hold the potential to affect the people we serve. Recently, DBHDD was asked for input by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, which commissioned a task force to study health care access in Georgia. The white paper linked here is the response crafted by DBHDD leadership and our internal policy experts.
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The TIP Model is an evidence-supported practice based on published studies that demonstrate improvements in real-life outcomes for youth and young adults with emotional/behavioral difficulties.
DBHDD would like to offer interested persons the opportunity to review its DRAFT Federal Fiscal Year 2017 application for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Mental Health Block Grant Program (MHBG). MHBG funds are provided by the federal government to all states that submit an application successfully meeting the requirements as specified by SAMHSA.
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The annual report on mortality, mortality trends, and related information pertaining to the health and care received by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by DBHDD is now available. The report focuses on an analysis of mortality data and findings from DBHDD’s mortality review process.
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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 and DCH continue to wait on the approval from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the renewal of the COMP Waiver Application.
If you or a loved one needs help dealing with a behavioral health crisis, the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) offers free and confidential crisis intervention 24/7.