Georgia's Quality Improvement System

Quality Infrastructure

Much of the information related to the structure and governance of quality improvement at DBHDD can be found in the FY 2019 Community Quality Improvement Plan. This plan outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Office of Quality Improvement as well as the Executive, Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Quality Councils.

Organization

The Office of Quality Improvement partners to develop, implement, and measure quality improvement initiatives. In all cases, OQI aims to ensure that initiatives are aligned with the goals and priorities of DBHDD, informed by best practices and peer-reviewed information, and guided by established quality improvement techniques and principles. The Quality Improvement process is deployed and distributed throughout the organization, with the Office of Quality Improvement (OQI) serving as a hub for many QI projects, the QI plan, and overall QI process. The OQI is organized as a separate office under the leadership of the Director, Division of Performance Management and Quality Improvement (PMQI). Programmatic Divisions of BH and IDD partner with the Office of Quality Improvement to set direction, provide resources, and implement initiatives though targeted councils.

Contact Information

Virginia B. Sizemore, MBA
Director, Office of Quality Improvement
Phone (404) 801-5260
 
Peter R. Baker, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Manager, Behavioral Health Team
Phone (404) 665-7033
 
Krystal F. Hershberger, MPA, MBA, CPH
Manager, Developmental Disabilities Team
Phone (404) 335-8574

 

Our Partnership with the Georgia Collaborative ASO

The Georgia Collaborative Administrative Services Organization (ASO) is an external partner of DBHDD. It is comprised of three partner companies: The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL), Beacon Health Options (Beacon), and Delmarva Foundation. Among the many services the ASO provides on behalf of DBHDD are quality improvement services. This important function provides on-site review of providers and subsequent quality improvement activities at both the system and provider level. Under the direction of the DBHDD Office of Quality Improvement, the ASO is charged with: 

  • Assessing and reviewing services rendered to individuals across the state;

  • Providing a preliminary and final scored report to both provider agencies and DBHDD of summarized findings;

  • Providing technical assistance and training to the providers, based on the review and overall findings;

  • Analyzing, tracking, and trending the data collected in these reviews to make recommendations to providers, stakeholders and to DHBDD regarding areas that are doing well or those that could benefit from some type of performance improvement initiative

Visit the Georgia Collaborative ASO to learn more, and view publicly available Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Provider Reviews conducted by the Georgia Collaborative ASO.

Additional Resources

Annual Quality Management Reports, a combined product of DBHDD and the Georgia Collaborative ASO are publicly available.  See the links below for further information:

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