Deaf Services

The Office of Deaf Services facilitates reasonable accommodations for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind to effectively communicate with DBHDD. 

For information about DBHDD Deaf Services, please contact:

Candice M. Tate, Ph.D.
Director of Deaf Services

Kelly M. Sterling, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Director, Deaf Services

Amy Peterson, MS, CDI
Deaf Services Coordinator
(404) 991-2306

Sign Language Interpreter Services
For information related to Sign Language Interpreter services, please contact:

Debra Walker, RID: CI, CT, SC:L, QMHI
Interpreter Coordinator
(404) 232-1624
(404) 991-2308 (VP)

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, and need help accessing DBHDD services, or need to have complaints addressed, please complete the Constituent Services Intake Form or visit the DBHDD Office of Constituent Services webpage for more information.

Intensive Residential Treatment Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
DBHDD, via contract with Caring Works, Inc., provides ASAM Level III.5 Intensive Residential Treatment services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals with substance use disorders. The program is staffed by individuals who are ASL Fluent and clinically prepared to provide treatment. 

To make a referral to this program, please contact Caring Works, Inc. at (404) 564-4181 ext. 223. 


Trauma in the Deaf Population: Definition, Experience, and Services by Candice Tate (2012)

Position Statement on Mental Health Interpreting Services with People who are Deaf

Credentialed Mental Health Interpreters (August 2017)