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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
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.
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
By Dr. Hetal Patel, Regional Services Administrator, DBHDD Region 1
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.
Dr. Emile Risby recently announced the appointment of Gilbert Sutton, Jr. as the new Central State Hospital Regional Hospital Administrator. Mr.
Summer heat is upon us, but our desire to serve Georgia’s safety net needs remains strong.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
2018 is off and running.
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.
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
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! 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.
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.