State Agency Resources - Related Links Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) DBHDD provides treatment and support services to people with mental illnesses and addictive diseases, and support to people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities. Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities serves people of all ages with the most severe and likely to be long-term conditions, including consumers with forensic issues. Services are provided across the state through contracts with 25 community service boards, boards of health and various private providers, and through state-operated regional hospitals. Department of Community Health (DCH) The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) was created in 1999 to serve as the lead agency for health care planning and purchasing issues in Georgia. Their mission statement is: ACCESS to affordable, quality health care in our communities. RESPONSIBLE health planning and use of health care resources. HEALTHY behaviors and improved health outcomes. Department of Human Services (DHS) The DHS mission: Strengthen Georgia by providing individuals and families access to services that promote self-sufficiency, independence, and protect Georgia's vulnerable children and adults. DHS is the new structure of the former Georgia Department of Human Resources. DHS provides Georgia with customer-focused human services that promote child and adult protection, child welfare, stronger families and self-sufficiency. DHS includes the following divisions/offices: Department of Community Affairs (DCA) DCA was created in 1977 to serve as an advocate for local governments. On July 1, 1996, the Governor and General Assembly merged the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority (GHFA) with the Department of Community Affairs. Today, DCA operates a host of state and federal grant programs; serves as the state's lead agency in housing finance and development; promulgates building codes to be adopted by local governments; provides comprehensive planning, technical and research assistance to local governments; and serves as the lead agency for the state's solid waste reduction efforts. DCA's mission statement is, "Partnering with communities to help create a climate of success for Georgia's families and businesses." Georgia ADA Coordinators Office Provides comprehensive educational and technical support for State agencies so that those programs, services and activities operated by the State of Georgia are accessible and usable by everyone. Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Mission: To promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Georgia's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program works to improve the lives of residents of long-term care facilities. These facilities include nursing homes and personal care homes, often called assisted living facilities. Ombudsman staff and Certified Volunteer Ombudsmen informally investigate and work to resolve complaints on behalf of residents. They visit long-term care facilities to be accessible to residents and monitor conditions. Long-Term Care Ombudsmen also provide education regarding long-term care issues, identify long-term care concerns and advocate for needed change.