The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) provides treatment and support services to people with mental health challenges and substance use disorders, and assists individuals who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Leading an accountable and effective continuum of care to support Georgians with behavioral health challenges, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in a dynamic health care environment.
Easy access to high-quality care that leads to a life of recovery and independence for the people we serve.
Within DBHDD, the Office of Behavioral Health Prevention (OBHP) is charged with providing prevention leadership, strategic planning, and services to improve the mental/emotional well-being of communities, families, and individuals in Georgia.
The OBHP develops and contracts for prevention services across the state specifically designed to reduce the risks and increase protective factors linked to substance abuse related problem behaviors, suicide, and mental health.
The OBHP is working to align and promote Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Suicide Prevention, which will support the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities across Georgia.
OBHP uses the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), SAMHSA’s five-step planning process that guides the planning, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based, culturally appropriate, and sustainable prevention activities. The OBHP also uses a Public Health approach to implement evidence-based strategies within local communities to achieve positive state-level outcomes.
The steps of the SPF include:
- Step 1: Assess Needs: What is the problem, and how can I learn more?
- Step 2: Build Capacity: What do I have to work with?
- Step 3: Plan: What should I do and how should I do it?
- Step 4: Implement: How can I put my plan into action?
- Step 5: Evaluate: Is my plan succeeding?
The SPF also includes two guiding principles:
- Cultural competence: The ability to interact effectively with members of diverse population
- Sustainability: The process of achieving and maintaining long-term results
About the GASPS Data Warehouse
The Georgia Strategic Prevention System (GASPS) Data Warehouse is an innovative online repository containing information on behavioral health issues, their consequences, and related social indicators. The Data Warehouse is a one stop shop for gathering state- and county-level data, as well as other national or external resources, related to substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, and mental health promotion. The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ (DBHDD) Office of Behavioral Health Prevention has contracted with The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government to develop and house the GASPS Data Warehouse.