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Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation - Frequently Asked Questions
On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  

COMP Waiver Renewal Implementation Forums:

  • March 14 (Morrow)
  • March 20 (Marietta)
  • March 21 (Augusta)
  • March 23 (Tifton)
  • March 28 (Savannah)

Click here to register and view full schedule details. 

Click here to view COMP Waiver Renewal Implementation presentation

Please email us at for questions specific to COMP Implementation. All questions and responses will be compiled to a FAQ list and posted for the benefit of all.

The New Options Waiver Program (NOW), which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is scheduled for renewal via application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in September 2017.  The Department of Community Health and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities seek comments from the public on how to enhance this program to meet the changing needs of families and individuals.

Please email us if you have questions, comments -

Mortality Reports
These annual reports on mortality, mortality trends, and related information pertaining to the health and care received by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by DBHDD. The report focuses on an analysis of mortality data and findings from DBHDD’s mortality review process.

Autism Services Initiative for Adults
DBHDD and the Emory Autism Center are partnering to improve Georgia’s community-based infrastructure for adults with autism spectrum disorder.

Learn more about the Residential and Respite Cost Study

  • Community Residential Alternatives
  • ​Community Living Supports
  • Respite Services​ 

As DBHDD continues to shift from an institutional-based model of health care delivery to a community-based system of care, individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) will have the opportunity to live independently and in the least restrictive setting possible.

A developmental disability is a chronic condition that develops before a person reaches age 22 and limits his/her ability to function mentally and/or physically. DBHDD provides services to people with intellectual and other disabilities, such as cerebral palsy and autism, who require services similar to those needed by people with an intellectual disability.

State-supported services help families continue to care for a relative when possible. DBHDD also provides home settings and care to individuals who do not live with their families.

All services are designed to encourage and build on existing social networks and natural sources of support, and to promote inclusion in the community and safety in the home environment. Contracted providers are required to have the capacity to support individuals with complex behavioral and or medical needs.

The services a person receives depends on a professional determination of level of need and the services and other community resources available. Click here for a list of services and their definitions.

Please contact your Regional Office if you have any questions or concerns.