The Interagency Director’s Team (IDT), 2019

The IDT oversees Georgia’s System of Care

The Interagency Director's Team is comprised of the following State Departments, Partner Organizations, and Consulting Members:

Partner Organizations

Consulting Member

Our goal is to listen and learn from you.

What's yours?

We believe you should be involved with all discussions and decisions regarding your, or your child's, behavioral health. This includes answering your questions, sharing resource ideas, and working alongside you to reach your behavioral health goals.

How do I access and use Georgia's System of Care?

Families can access their local SOC through a number of ways. One of the easier ways is through their community’s Local Interagency Planning Team (LIPTs). LIPTs are teams of child serving professionals whose purpose is to work with the family to plan and coordinate their service delivery. Families may connect with their LIPT by contacting their county’s LIPT Chair. That information can be found by clicking hereWhen using the LIPT Chair List: first locate your county and then use the contact information provided to connect (via email, phone) with the LIPT Chairperson that covers that county. If you have any questions regarding LIPTs or how to access your LIPT, contact La’Keidra Mitchell at LMitchelll@gsu.edu.

Another way that families can access Georgia’s SOC is by contacting their local Community Service Board. Community Service Boards (CSBs) are behavioral health providers that partner with DBHDD to offer behavioral health services to families. In addition to behavioral health services, CSBs also offer many other resources and extracurricular opportunities for youth and young adults. To see which CSB serves your community click here.

Georgia's System of Care Feedback Loop

Over the last 30+ years, Georgia has worked to implement a System of Care (SOC) framework and infrastructure for children’s behavioral health. 

Through Georgia Code and systems development, Georgia’s SOC has grown to include a coordinated, multi-level system that engages youth, families, state agencies, child service organizations, and other community partners. 

To learn more, see below:

The Governor’s Office collaborates directly with the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council. For more information, visit their website by clicking here.

The purpose and mission of the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (BHCC) is to identify overlapping services regarding funding and policy issues in the behavioral health system. The BHCC is led by the commissioner of DBHDD and is composed of commissioners from each relevant state agency, as well as legislators, consumers, consumer family members, and state ombudsman.

  • The Interagency Director’s Team (IDT) was created by Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) in order to design, manage, facilitate, and implement an integrated approach to a child and adolescent system of care that informs policy and practice, and shares resources and funding. The IDT is made up of over 20 representatives from state agencies and non-governmental organizations that serve children with behavioral health needs. The group transitioned from the Children and Adolescent State Infrastructure Grant (CASIG) Interagency Workgroup to the IDT in 2011.
  • Mission Statement: The IDT’s mission is to be a multi-agency leadership collaborative that uniquely designs, manages, facilitates, and implements an integrated approach to a child and adolescent system of care that informs policy and practice and shares resources and funding.
  • LIPT Collaboratives will provide a feedback loop for collaborative learning regarding the operation of the Local Interagency Planning Teams. Regional Teams are established at the regional level (6 DBHDD regions). The purpose is to identify shared and cross-cutting issues related to children’s behavioral health as identified in the local interagency planning team processes.
  • Goals:
    • To assure that gaps in services are identified
    • To assure that barriers at the local level are identified and addressed
    • To assure a common vision at the regional level
    • To decrease fragmentation and duplication across partners
    • To identify strengths in processes
  • In Georgia, each community is required to establish a Local Interagency Planning Team (LIPT) on behalf of the children living there. While communities may decide if they will use an individual county or multi-county approach, they must bring together child-serving organizations and resources to benefit the families served by the LIPT.
  • The purpose of LIPT is to improve and facilitate the coordination of services for children living with severe behavioral health needs or addictive diseases. LIPTs focus on assuring the following:
    • Children have access to a coordinated system of supports and services in their area;
    • A variety of therapeutic and placement services are available in the community;
    • Fragmentation and duplication of services is limited in order to maximize the potential for children to receive the best care for their needs;
    • Support of effective referral and screening systems so children have access to appropriate and meaningful care.
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