World Suicide Prevention Day

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and today is World Suicide Prevention Day. In the last two decades, the rate of suicide has increased by 16 percent in Georgia and 30 percent across the nation.  Recently, high-profile suicides covered the news in our state, but the tragedy of suic

Meet Charles Li, M.D., Regional Hospital Administrator for Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta

Charles Li, M.D., joined the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities as the regional hospital administrator of Georgia Regional Hospital – Savannah on January 2, 2006.

Gardens of Change: A Vision for the Future

DBHDD has been at the leading edge of innovation in several areas, and I am excited to share an update on important work we are advancing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In March, we launched our inaugural Supported Employment Forum at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mounta

Meet Andy Mannich, Regional Hospital Administrator for Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah


At The Intersection: Where Practice Meets Culture

By Dr. Hetal Patel, Regional Services Administrator, DBHDD Region 1 

The Journey is Ongoing

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.

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

Dr. Emile Risby recently announced the appointment of Gilbert Sutton, Jr. as the new Central State Hospital Regional Hospital Administrator.  Mr.

Enhancing Customer Service at DBHDD

Summer heat is upon us, but our desire to serve Georgia’s safety net needs remains strong.

Recovery is Possible!

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

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.

2019 Mental Health Block Grant - Behavioral Health Report

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.

Spring is Here!

Spring Greetings!

A Department on the Move!

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!

Recovery, Wellness, and Independence

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?

Kicking off 2018!

2018 is off and running.

2018 is Here!

Happy New Year!  I hope each of you was able to rest and spend quality time with loved ones as 2017 came to a close.  I want to offer my sincere thanks to our hospital and provider staff who worked through the holidays.  I am humbled by the dedication that you all demonstrate year round.

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

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

New Options Waiver Program (NOW) Renewal Announcement

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

Season's Greetings

Season’s Greetings! I hope that each of you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving. Amidst the beautiful weather, bustle and delicious food, my most treasured time included hearty laughter with family and friends. I hope you savored the same.

Feeling Like Fall

It’s finally starting to feel like Fall, with cooler air, football, and pumpkin spice everything.  Fall is a season of change, and though the leaves on the trees stayed green a little longer this year, we know that change is always coming.