Tuesday, June 19, 2012

DBHDD June 19, 2012 press release regarding Developmental Disabilities

 DBHDD Commissioner names Acting Assistant Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities

June 19, 2012
ATLANTA - Today Dr. Frank E. Shelp, Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, announced that Dr. Bryce McLaulin will now serve as Acting Assistant Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities in addition to his current role as Assistant Commissioner of Behavioral Health. A national search will be conducted to identify permanent leadership for the division of Developmental Disabilities. The department thanks Beverly Rollins for 20 years of faithful service to the state of Georgia and wishes her all the best as she pursues new opportunities outside the Agency.
Contact Information: 
Kristie N. Swink, knswink@dbhdd.ga.gov

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

280 jobs cut as patients leave Milledgeville hospital

By: Andy Miller Published: Jun 1, 2012

A state agency announced Friday that the remaining patients with developmental disabilities will be moved out of the state psychiatric hospital in Milledgeville into community residences by July.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Two Minute AJC Medicaid Video: Watch it

Carrie Teegardin Medicaid Video -- Stories

MUST READ ARTICLES ON Georgia Medicaid and Medicaid Redesign

Carrie Teegardin and Misty Williams did an incredible job illustrating the story of people who are living meaningful lives in the community through Medicaid.  These articles demonstrate the importance of increasing Medicaid Waivers and community supports through any redesign of Medicaid.  Most of the individuals featured in the articles are former Atlanta Legal Aid Society clients who were willing to be interviewed.

Medicaid More than Medical, Misty Williams and Carrie Teegardin, AJC, June 4, 2012

Reshaping Medicaid Care to Affect Many, Carrie Teegardin and Misty Williams, June 3, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Last 16 Men and Women with Developmental Disabilities Leaving Central State Hospital

The following is a press statement from DBHDD

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
Frank E. Shelp, M.D., M.P.H., Commissioner
Office of Communications
Two Peachtree Street NW, Suite 22.224, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3142  ~ 404-657-2254

CSH Developmental Disabilities Program

Georgia’s success helping people with developmental disabilities find homes and services in communities across the state means more individuals are living as independently as possible and fewer are relying on institutional care. As a result, on June 30, 2012, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) will discontinue the developmental disabilities program at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville. Six months ago there were approximately 120 people with developmental disabilities being served by that program; by the end of May, there were 16. By June 30, all of them will have chosen new homes and service providers appropriate to their needs in communities. With the participation of their families and the support of Medicaid waivers from the State, each of them will have moved into their own or their family’s homes, host homes, or group homes, while still receiving the therapeutic and living supports they require.

Approximately 280 DBHDD employees associated with the developmental disabilities unit and support services will be affected by the closure of the program. Each will have 30 days notice before their employment is ended and the department will be offering job fairs, resume workshops, and other services to help them find new employment, including any jobs that are available at CSH and other state hospitals. The Georgia Department of Labor will also be onsite throughout the month of June providing employees with information about available resources and re-employment services, a strategy DBHDD and DOL have used successfully in the past to help staff find new jobs.
In 2011, Georgia passed legislation to end admissions to state hospitals for anyone whose primary diagnosis is a developmental disability. Since that time, individuals have been provided with housing, community services, and family supports to prevent hospitalization. By ending admissions and continuing to help people with developmental disabilities move into community settings, the state will make it possible for everyone who can be served in community settings to move out of institutional care by July 1, 2015. This transition is in keeping with the State’s 2010 settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice – and the aspirations of people with developmental disabilities, their families, and advocates.

Although the role of Central State Hospital in Georgia’s behavioral health and developmental disabilities system has and is changing, Milledgeville’s role in human services for the State of Georgia continues. New facilities, including the 280-bed Bostick Skilled Nursing facility, are opening, and legislation passed by the General Assembly this year will establish a redevelopment authority for the Milledgeville area, including the substantial land and building resources associated with Central State.