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The Journey is Ongoing

July 9, 2019

When people think about our state’s safety net for people with psychiatric disorders, they may think about Georgia’s five state hospitals. Our hospitals are an essential element of the safety net continuum. They provide a vital resource for individuals with serious behavioral health issues. DBHDD’s hospital system has served as the cornerstone of Georgia’s mental health landscape for nearly 200 years, beginning with the opening of Central State Hospital in Milledgeville in 1842. Our second hospital, Gracewood, (now a part of East Central Regional Hospital in Augusta) was built in 1921. Like most states, Georgia continued to expand its hospital portfolio throughout most of the 20th century.

Gilbert Sutton, Jr: Central State Hospital's New RHA

July 5, 2019

Dr. Emile Risby recently announced the appointment of Gilbert Sutton, Jr. as the new Central State Hospital Regional Hospital Administrator.  Mr. Sutton or Gil as he prefers to be called began his tenure with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities on Monday, June 3, 2019. 

Enhancing Customer Service at DBHDD

June 4, 2019

Summer heat is upon us, but our desire to serve Georgia’s safety net needs remains strong. As we approach a new season, I wanted to share information about several initiatives underway to enhance customer service at DBHDD.  Our customers are why we do this work, and our primary customer is you: staff, providers, partners, elected officials, the public, and most importantly, the individuals and families we serve.  We have tried to improve our active listening across all groups to address your interests and concerns. Many of you have provided important input! Attending to your recommendations has resulted in three important areas of re-engineering: Redesign of the DBHDD website; reduction of administrative burdens on providers; and enhancements to our approach to provider relations.

Recovery is Possible!

May 7, 2019

May is Mental Health Month, and it is more important than ever to be talking about mental health.  In recent years, evidence has underscored what many of us already know: mental health is essential to overall health, and mental illness is common and treatable.  Recovery is possible!​

This Is Our Story

March 19, 2019

Greetings!  It seems that Spring is finally here and we can look forward to the celebration of Mental Health Month throughout May.  Today, I want to celebrate mental health and more through an important story.  It is the story of a decade of transformation at DBHDD.  Since becoming a standalone agency in 2009, we have gone through a remarkable transformation, and it is time for us to honor our achievements.

This is our story.

DBHDD Support Coordination Performance Report

January 9, 2019

DBHDD seeks to review data regularly supplied by support coordination agencies and performance data collected by DBHDD on support coordination agencies. The purpose of this report is to analyze data to assess the performance of support coordinators, their agencies, and Medicaid Waiver support coordination services provision.

2019 Mental Health Block Grant - Behavioral Health Report

January 2, 2019

The Annual Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) Behavioral Health Report provides the means for states to comply with the reporting provisions of the Mental Health Block Grant. This implementation report reviews state mental health priority areas for both adult and children/family services and provides a progress report on related performance indicators.

Spring is Here!

April 9, 2018

Spring Greetings!

The 2018 Legislative Session adjourned at the end of March, and I am pleased to report that it was a successful Session for DBHDD.  We are very grateful to Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly for their generous support of our mission through the FY 2019 budget.  I invite you to read DBHDD’s Gold Dome Report, which highlights key funding and legislation affecting our department and the people we serve.