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Careers at DBHDD

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is the state agency that focuses solely on policies, programs, and services for people with severe persistent mental illness, substance use disorders, and developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

We have nearly 7,000 employees whose work is structured in five divisions: Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, Hospital Services, Accountability & Compliance, and Performance Management & Quality Improvement.

DBHDD operates six field offices and five hospitals throughout the state of Georgia, offering various services based on the populations they serve and the capacity of community providers. These hospitals provide a spectrum of care from 23-hour observation through residential services.

Hospital locations include: AtlantaMilledgevilleAugustaColumbus, and Savannah.

At DBHDD, we are interested in recruiting employees who offer the highest level of skills, professional integrity, and work ethic to join us in that work. If you are interested in any jobs we have posted, we encourage you to apply for a position today and help us become one of the best health service organizations for Georgians. 

Featured Positions

Psychologist Positions
Participate on interdisciplinary recovery planning teams; facilitate group and individual therapy; create and support unit-wide behavioral interventions; participate in the development of individualized recovery plans; provide clinical supervision of mental health counselors, psychology interns, and post-doctoral fellows; consult on intellectual, personality, or other psychological evaluations; [forensic only] complete forensic mental health evaluations to determine competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and violence risk, as well as related report preparation and expert testimony. Specific duties vary depending on position.  

Nursing Positions
Develops and implements nursing care plans and maintains medical records. Administers nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled clients. May advise clients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Serves as job expert or organization resource in assigned areas. May supervise support staff or employees. Administers prescribed medications as ordered by physician and documents.  

Employee Relations Specialist - Central State Hospital 
This person will be the First-Level of contact and resource for Employee Relations (ER) issues. Offers basic to advanced level ER assistance and support to employees, managers and supervisors.

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Application Process

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Recruiter Contacts

  • Clinical Recruiting (RN, Physician, NP/PA): 229-227-2897
  • State and Field Offices: 404-232-1157
  • Central State Hospital: 478-445-1357
  • East Central Georgia State Hospital: 706-792-7012
  • Georgia Regional Hospital Atlanta: 404-244-2182
  • Georgia Regional Hospital Savannah: 912-353-3224
  • West Central Georgia Regional Hospital: 706-565-4028
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