ADA Settlement Agreement

2018

Joint Status Report
June 29, 2018

On June 29, 2018, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a joint status report in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia pursuant to their 2010 Settlement Agreement. 

In the time since the original agreement was signed, DBHDD’s system has undergone a significant transformation.  A once fragmented and inconsistent system is now a robust, statewide community-based system of care. 

Since 2011, Georgia has invested $256 million new dollars into expanding our crisis system, which serves some of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens.  In the filing, DBHDD and the DOJ expressed collaborative efforts to ensure that Georgia continues to enhance its public safety net for community mental health and developmental disability services. 

While the Settlement Agreement was set to end June 30, 2018, the parties acknowledged that some of the data which supports DBHDD’s compliance with the agreement is not yet available.  Once the data is available, the court’s independent reviewer will prepare a report covering the final six months of the settlement term.  The report is expected to be filed with the court in the fall of 2018.  Following the filing of the report, the parties will be able to inform the court about Georgia’s compliance with the agreement.

As we enter into the future, we are committed to continuous improvement of our entire system, and to holding ourselves – and our providers – accountable for meeting the needs of the people we serve in an evolving health care environment.

 

2017

September 25, 2017
 

Report of the Independent Reviewer
March 24, 2017

Report on Discharges to Shelters
February 28, 2017

Supported Housing: Report of the Independent Reviewer
February 23, 2017

2016

Report of the Independent Reviewer
September 19, 2016

Notice of Joint Filing of the Supplemental Report of the Independent Reviewer
June 21, 2016

Joint Motion to Enter Extension of Settlement Agreement
May 18, 2016

Overview of Extension of Settlement Agreement
May 18, 2016

2015

Report of the Independent Reviewer
Submitted by Elizabeth Jones, September 17, 2015

Georgia Supported Housing and Bridge Funding
Submitted by Martha Knisley, September 14, 2015

Review of Crisis Services
Submitted by Stephen Baron, September 12, 2015

Review of Supported Employment Services
Submitted by David Lynde, August 6, 2015

Report for Georgia Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Services
Submitted by Angela Rollins, August 12, 2015

Supplemental Report in the matter of United States of America v. The State of Georgia
March 17, 2015

 

2014

Report of the Independent Reviewer in the matter of United States of America v. The State of Georgia
Sept 15, 2014

DBHDD has released a priority plan which represents the longstanding and ongoing commitment of the State of Georgia and its Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to improve quality and address gaps in the system of supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) with a focus on capacity building, accountability and sustainability.

This work involves a wide array of activities that will result in a system change that will lead to improved outcomes for the people we serve.

Priority Plan
June 30, 2014

Priority Plan Crosswalk with Supplemental Report and Joint Filing
June 30, 2014

 

The department, along with the Department Of Justice, filed an agreement with the court to develop a plan which outlines steps that will be taken in response to the Supplemental Report of the Independent Reviewer

Joint Filing of the Supplemental Report of the Independent Reviewer
March 24, 2014

Supplemental Report in the matter of United States of America v. The State of Georgia
March 23, 2014

 

2013

Report of the Independent Reviewer in the matter of United States of America v. The State of Georgia
September 19, 2013

State Health Authority Yardstick (SHAY) Report for Georgia ACT Services

Georgia Supported Housing and Bridge Funding 2013 Review

Review of Supported Employment Services Under the United States v. Georgia Settlement Agreement and the Findings from the State Health Authority Yardstick

 

2012

A Note from Commissioner Berry on the 2012 Independent Reviewer’s Report

Report of the Independent Revewer in the matter of United States of America v. The State of Georgia: Year Two
Elizabeth Jones, Independent Reviewer 
September 20, 2012

 

2011

Report of the Independent Reviewer in the matter of United States of America v. The State of Georgia
Elizabeth Jones, Independent Reviewer 
October 5, 2011

 

2010

Settlement Agreement - United States of America v. The State of Georgia
October 29, 2010

Summary of the Settlement Agreement

DOJ American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Overview

DOJ CRIPA Fact Sheet