Office of Children, Young Adults, and Families (CYF)

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families (CYF) offers children, young adults and their families a range of treatment and support services to address emotional and behavioral problems. Early treatment of these problems is critical to help a child complete school and develop fundamental developmental skills. 

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families is formerly known as the Office of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Because of a changing population and incidents happening in the United States recently, DBHDD believes it is necessary to have a specific office responsible for providing training, technical assistance, supports and guidance regarding young adults. Over the last 5 years, the department has used a grant from the Emerging Adults Initiative to study mental health for young adults. Grant funding will continue support this population in the new office.

The Office of CYF offers a variety of services to youth and their families. All services can be accessed through the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) by calling (800) 715-4225 or visiting

Office of CYF Services



Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model Training

The Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model is an evidence-supported practice based on published studies that demonstrate improvements in real-life outcomes for youth and young adults with emotional/behavioral difficulties

Transition Age Youth and Young Adults:
Important Information for Georgia Health Care, Education, and Other Service Providers

Transition age youth and young adults (TAYYA) ages 14 to 26 comprise a significant portion of the population in Georgia and across the nation. This age is particularly vulnerable to a variety of physical, behavioral, and social issues, due to difficulties that may arise when transitioning from childhood to adulthood. This booklet was designed by the Georgia Interagency Directors Team (IDT) to help providers serving Georgia’s TAYYA and their families better understand this population, in order to provide the best, most appropriate services and supports for this group.

Healthy Transitions Initiative

Provider Toolkit for Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions

DBHDD conducts the Evidence-Based Practices survey annually to assess the certification, provision, and knowledge about community mental health evidence-based and promising practices in the state of Georgia. This survey assesses community mental health practices provided in Georgia during the last 12 months.

The intended responder for this survey is a clinical director and/or executive leadership that have full scope knowledge of your organization. The survey should take less than 30 minutes to complete. The survey must be completed in its entirety by Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Take the Annual Environmental Scan of Evidence-Based Practices (FY16)