Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Reviews | Glassdoor

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Reviews

Updated April 17, 2018
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Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule, friendly work environment (in 3 reviews)

  • This was the first place I worked following graduation and it was a great place to build skills (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Policies, paperwork, confusing hierarchy, high turnover, politics (in 2 reviews)

  • Low pay, it's hard to really make any money here unless you're a client support worker, which is full-time (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules (telework). Investment in employees. Great employee incentives. Opportunities for growth and promotion.

    Cons

    Low salaries as compared to other state agencies.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "GRHA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) full-time

    Pros

    Experience
    Learning community resources
    Learn from being part of treatment team

    Cons

    Policies, paperwork, confusing hierarchy, high turnover, politics

    Advice to Management

    Talk to front line staff about policies before implementing. They may have better ideas for how to accomplish the goal. So much paperwork that does not contribute to the goal. You lose sight of the mission.

  3. "I am seeking work in this field to be of help to the community!"

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    Former Employee - Program Technician in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Program Technician in Lawrenceville, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy helping and teaching these people. I’ve moved from California and would like to stay in this type of work!

    Cons

    Their aggressive behaviors can be challenging at times. The bigger picture is to give them a chance at life. They are people like you and I who deserve to learn the way of the world.


  4. "Limited growth and promotion opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    State holidays off; great health and leave benefits; education leave; flexible work schedule;

    Cons

    Only promote people they know and like. They appear to cherry pick on who gets the job promotion. Lots of special treatment observed to their special staff. They hire a lot of outsiders inside of promoting from within.

    Advice to Management

    This is not a reflection on all managers, but my manager has limited communication with staff. He gives special treatment to certain staff he supervise. He gives her challenging job tasks to enhance the individual’s skills. He seriously neglect the other staff unless he needs a special favor from them.


  5. "Activity Therapist"

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    Current Employee - Activity Therapist in Gracewood, GA
    Current Employee - Activity Therapist in Gracewood, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This facility is not too strict.

    Cons

    This facility needs more structure and organization.


  6. "Real Risk of Safety"

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    Former Employee - Behvioral Health Counselor in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Behvioral Health Counselor in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - good level of professional medical and psychiatric care

    Cons

    -risk of safety and wellbeing


  7. "Finance Dept"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) full-time

    Pros

    Good sick days and benefits

    Cons

    Finance dept Lacks supervisor support

  8. "Good job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) full-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot and benefits

    Cons

    Takes a while to advance

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Outsider"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Recommends

    I worked at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of jobs available on all inpatient areas. Organization has excellent training operation for new employees and on-going training for those that are there one year or more.

    Cons

    Turnover in Adult Mental Health. Staff feels helpless in making decisions so disciplinary actions are not taken or limited


  10. "A great place to build skills"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This was the first place I worked following graduation and it was a great place to build skills. There was plenty of training and CEUs available. The pay is reasonable. Neither the highest or lowest available. The benefits are great. Leave time stacks up quickly. Health insurance plans are great. It is a state mental hospital with acute stabilization so in the presence of patients you have to keep your eyes open, but I wouldn't describe it as dangerous. There is room for advancement.

    Cons

    It can be chaotic and hectic. The buildings are somewhat out of date. Georgia has been gradually defunding state mental healthcare so some of the facilities are closed.


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