ATLANTA - Georgia’s new Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) unveiled its logo today at the first meeting of the state agency’s board. The logo design was chosen from among 57 entries submitted by DBHDD employees across the state. Two designs were chosen as the basis for the final logo and the two employees who submitted them were honored with cash prizes and framed prints of the logo. The logo will soon be used to identify the department on documents, facilities, web sites, and vehicles, among other uses.

“I felt that our employees’ knowledge of and passion for our shared work would result in a logo that would communicate to everyone who sees it what we believe we are about,” said DBHDD Commissioner Frank Shelp, M.D., M.P.H. “I couldn’t be happier with the response we received from employees or the final result.”

The new logo was based on designs by Cassandra Price, Women’s Treatment Coordinator and Child & Adolescent Project Administrator with the Division of Addictive Diseases in Atlanta, and Ronnie Elvington, a Social Services Provider at West Central Georgia Regional Hospital in Columbus. The designs were chosen from among 57 entries by a committee of DBHDD employees from around the state. The final logo was prepared by Lindsay Robinson, a graphic designer from Athens.

The logo design features a prominent star-like design representing both the human spirit and hope. The star is supported by three vertical bars representing the agency’s three divisions: Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases. A horizontal white band and the overall beacon-like shape call to mind Georgia’s famous Tybee Lighthouse.

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