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Eve Bogan, director of JF&CS’ Developmental Disabilities – Tools for Independence division, has recently been named to the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council of Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).

Eve Bogan

Eve Bogan

DBHDD provides treatment and support services to people with mental illnesses and addictive diseases as well as those with developmental disabilities. As a member of the DD Advisory Council, she will serve two years and be responsible for advising DBHDD on matters relating to the care and service of those served by the department.

Specifically, she will work with others on the committee to ensure services adhere to best practices and are cost-effective. At the same time, she will help develop recommendations for improving existing programs as well as working on new ones.

“I am thrilled at the collaborative direction of the department and the opportunity to work with self-advocates, family members, providers and advocacy organizations to effect needed change,” said Bogan. “We know Rome was not built in a day, and it will take some time to address all the issues that have been identified.”

Created by the Governor and the General Assembly in 2009, DBHDD is responsible for most of the activities that were undertaken by the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases.

The Department provides and oversees community-based services across the state. In 2010, more than 164,000 people – including 19,000 with developmental disabilities and most uninsured or on Medicaid – were assisted by DBHDD.