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Nursing at DBHDD

View all nursing opportunities at all hospitals statewide.

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities has nursing opportunities throughout the State of Georgia at our various hospital and regional locations. The nature of these jobs can vary from Psychiatric Nursing to Skilled Nursing; from hospital-based to field-based. Please review the below information on our various hospitals. By clicking on the link you will be taken to the current job opportunities at that facility. In addition, by clicking on the State Office link and Regional Office link you will be able to review the positions there.

With the variety of opportunities available, we can offer a challenging and rewarding career opportunity for quality nurses.  

Clicking on the hospital name below will take you to the job opportunities currently available at that location.  



Central State Hospital (CSH), Milledgeville, Georgia

Georgia's first public psychiatric hospital, was founded in 1842 to provide a safe and humane environment for Georgians with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Located in Milledgeville, the CSH complex currently encompasses about 1,750 acres.

CSH manages the Payton B. Cook Forensic Hospital in Milledgeville. CSH Forensic Services serves individuals who are referred by the criminal justice system for pre-trial psychiatric evaluation and/or inpatient treatment; those who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) at the time of commission of a crime or mentally incompetent to stand trial (IST); those who are admitted with hold orders from jails for psychiatric evaluation, treatment and stabilization; and those who are referred from Georgia Department of Corrections prisons for inpatient psychiatric treatment. 

There is a shift from an institutional-based system to a community-based system of care to satisfy requirements imposed by a 2010 settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement agreement requires the state to move all individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions and into communities, where they have the opportunity to live in their own homes with access to high quality health care.  This affected Central State Hospital's Developmental Disabilities unit but not Forensic. Therefore, there are no plans to close the Cook Forensic Hospital.



East Central Regional Hospital (ECRH), Augusta, Georgia

ECRH has two campuses: Gracewood, established in 1921; and Augusta, established in 1969. On July 1, 2003, these two previously separate facilities officially consolidated and became ECRH. The facilities serve DBHDD's 33-county East Central Region (Region 2).



Georgia Regional Hospital - Atlanta, Decatur, Georgia

Located on 174 Acres in DeKalb County, operates 366 licensed, accredited inpatient beds in three major program areas: Adult Mental Health, Forensic Services, and Developmental Disabilities. In addition, GRH/Atlanta also offers inpatient and outpatient Dental Services and an Outpatient Forensic Evaluation Program for juveniles and adults.



Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah, Savannah, Georgia

GRH-Savannah serves over 2000 people annually and works with people of all ages with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses. We are working towards a recovery-based environment serving to help people reach their highest potential.



West Central Georgia Regional Hospital, Columbus, Georgia 

West Central has stood as a beacon of hope for consumers in need of mental health, developmental disability, and addictive disease services since opening our doors in 1974. 

West Central Georgia Regional Hospital  is located in Columbus, Georgia and provides inpatient services to consumers from 31 counties throughout the west central part of the state. At West Central we pride ourselves on our ability to make a profound difference in the lives of others through our treatment units. At this current time our inpatient treatment units consist of two types: Adult Mental Health and Secure Long-term Care. Currently our Hospital can serve 116 Secure (Forensic) and 58 Adult Mental Health (Civil) patients for a total of 174 beds that can reach full capacity at any point in time. In fiscal year 2008, the hospital served a total of 961 clients while employing over 450 hospital employees. 

Our mission at West Central is to provide and promote local accessibility and choice of services and programs for individuals, families and communities through partnership, in order to create a sustainable, self-sufficient and resilient life in the community.