New Commissioner joins DBHDD

August 13, 2012

ATLANTA – The new commissioner of the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) began his tenure today by thanking the agency’s employees and committing to working closely with consumers, their families, and service providers. Frank W. Berry was previously CEO of View Point Health in Lawrenceville and has over twenty years experience serving the people of Georgia. He was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in June to succeed Dr. Frank Shelp as commissioner.

“Over the past three years, the people of DBHDD have created an organization founded on service and professionalism,” Berry said in his inaugural message to the agency’s employees.  “In this next phase of growth, we’ll continue expanding access to high quality services for everyone we serve, with a focus on strong partnerships and accountability for our providers and ourselves.”

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities was created in 2009 to focus on programs and policies benefitting people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders.

A bio and photo of Frank Berry are available at

Contact Information: 
Tom Wilson, 404-463-7649 /