Employee State Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary & benefits, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is part of a statewide initiative called Total Rewards that seeks to attract and retain employees by supplementing their base pay and benefits with programs designed to improve the quality of their work environment and lead to greater job satisfaction and work/life balance. Employees of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities have access to an extensive network of benefits through the Georgia Department of Community Health; the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Human Resources Administration,  and the Georgia Department of Veterans Service.

Annual Salary Structure

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Employee Awards Program

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities celebrates and honors employees who demonstrate exceptional customer service in DBHDD. The Employee Awards Program recognizes those individuals who demonstrate particularly outstanding performance in making services faster, friendlier, and easier and moving the department toward the achievement of strategic goals.

Vacation Leave

Accrual is based on years of continuous service:

  • 10 hours per month for up to 5 years of service (15 days each year)

  • 12 hours per month from 5-10 years of service (18 days each year)

  • 14 hours per month for 10 years of service or longer (21 days each year)

Sick Leave

Accrual is at the rate of 10 hours per month regardless of years of service. After 120 hours have been accrued, up to 24 sick leave hours per year may be transferred to personal leave.


Full-time state employees are eligible for 13 paid holidays annually. The state legislature authorizes the specific dates each year. A list of holidays is available in the Team Georgia Resource Center.


Health, dental, vision, legal , disability, accidental death and dismemberment, healthcare and childcare spending accounts and life and dependent life insurance are available.

Retirement Plan

Employees participate in the Employee's Retirement System. Contributions are based on a percentage of salary. Group Term Life insurance is provided to all members of the Employee's Retirement System.

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Deferred Compensation

Tax shelter plans are available that enable employees to provide for greater retirement security. Fund programs are available in both 457 and 401(k) plans.

Credit Union

Employees are eligible to become members of the Georgia United Credit Union, Atlanta Postal Credit Union and The Southern Credit Union.

Working Hours

Employees may have the option of flexible work hours, including teleworking. Alternative work schedules allow employees to work at varying times. DBHDD offers the following options: Staggered reporting times; daily flex; nine-hour day with alternate day off; and the 10-hour day compressed workweek. The opportunity to work at home or another alternate work schedule is at the discretion of management and the individual needs of the department.


Georgia's Hope Scholarship

Georgia Board for Physician Workforce - Scholarships

Georgia Department of Veterans Service
The State of Georgia offers special benefits for its military service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education, and tuition assistance, free driver's licenses, vehicle tags, home care for War Veterans, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program