Meet the Head of State Mental-Health Services in Georgia

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POLITICS & POLICY
SOCIAL ISSUES
SOCIAL SERVICES
TAXES,MONEY & GOVERNMENT
5 min read
924 words
Beau Evans
Sep 01, 2021
Key Points
  • Playmaker: Judy Fitzgerald.
  • Role: Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Tenure: 2016 to present.
Judy Fitzgerald leads the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), overseeing a $1.3 billion annual budget – the sixth-highest among all state agencies – to provide mental-health services and substance-abuse treatment for about 212,000 Georgia residents. DBHDD manages the state’s psychiatric hospitals, mental-health crisis centers and permanent housing-assistance programs for those with ...

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