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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.

A Department on the Move!

March 6, 2018

Greetings!  Over the next few months, I will be highlighting some of the exciting transformation efforts underway throughout DBHDD.  We are a department on the move!

The Division of Developmental Disabilities has been at the center of our efforts to transform.  We have multiple service improvements underway.  One element of our system has emerged as an area of great importance: the Planning List for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).  You may already know that many states have planning lists for people with I/DD.  This is a reflection of growing national prevalence, such that demand exceeds current resource allocations.  In Georgia, our list has existed for many years and holds the names of thousands of individuals.  People have been added to the list whether their need is current or urgent.  As a result, it has been difficult to assess the true need in Georgia.

Kicking off 2018!

February 6, 2018

2018 is off and running.  Between budget and legislative activities, and our ongoing system-wide transformation, we continue to drive toward the end of the ADA Extension Agreement, scheduled for June 30, 2018.  As we focus on these significant strategic priorities, I wanted to take a pause and revisit our “WHY?”.  Why do we embrace our challenging mission to serve some of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens?

Revised Individual Quality Outcome Measures Review

January 11, 2018

The Division of Developmental Disabilities sees support coordination as a critical and integral part of ensuring that individuals who receive I/DD services have easy access to high quality services so that they may enjoy a life of opportunity and indep

Plans for Release of Request for Proposal (RFP) for new Blended Mobile Crisis Response Service (MCRS)

January 4, 2018

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) will be releasing a request for proposal (RFP) for a new blended mobile crisis response service.  Currently, the department contracts for the provision of two separate mobile crisis systems.  Mobile crisis response teams are composed of trained, licensed, and credentialed staff who are dispatched into the community by the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) to respond to behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disability crises.  The teams provide rapid response, crisis de-escalation, brief intervention, and linkage/referral to necessary services and supports.

New Options Waiver Program (NOW) Renewal Announcement

December 29, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the New Options (NOW) Waiver through September 30, 2022.  The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) to align service rates with the Comprehensive Supports (COMP) Waiver Program and enhance supports to families and individuals through changes to respite services, community living support, therapy services and expand options to encourage the use of supported employment.  The frequently asked questions and answers below are designed to assist providers and family members, in understanding specific elements of the NOW Waiver renewal and invite them to participate in implementation plan meetings.  Provider/family forums will be scheduled to begin in January 2018 to answer questions and provide additional information about the implementation schedule. 

Independence in its Deepest Meaning

July 3, 2017

Happy Summer to all! The transition to a new season on the calendar offers an opportunity to reflect upon the previous months and also peek forward into the weeks ahead.

Summer represents different things to each of us. For some it is the relief from school schedules, for others, the promise of a planned vacation, and still others, the joy of ballgames or concerns about sweltering heat. One element of summer that brings us all together is the celebration of July Fourth. There is something about the waving of the Red, White and Blue of our nation’s flag that brings us together and compels us to think about the gifts of freedom and independence. Hot dogs in hand, with family and friends we honor both the idea of independence, and also the reality of the liberties that we enjoy. It is a great way to unify in celebration.