The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is one of Georgia’s four health agencies serving the state’s growing population of almost 10 million people. Responsible for a $12 billion budget for State Fiscal Year 2013, the department is one of the largest agencies in Georgia state government.
Serving as the lead agency for Medicaid and also overseeing the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology in Georgia, agency programs provide access to health care services for one in four Georgians.
Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, DCH provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state’s most vulnerable and underserved populations.
Seven enterprise offices support the work of the agency’s four divisions. And more than 600 DCH employees are based in Atlanta, Cordele and across the state.
DCH was created in 1999 by the Georgia General Assembly, through the consolidation of four health agencies, to serve as the lead agency for health care planning, purchasing and oversight in Georgia.
The department was designated as the single state agency for Medicaid. In 2009, Healthcare Facility Regulation was created at DCH from sections transferred from the former Department of Human Resources’ Office of Regulatory Services. At that same time, the Divisions of Public Health and Emergency Preparedness and Response transitioned to DCH.
On July 1, 2011, the Division of Public Health became a stand-alone department.
For State Fiscal Years 2013 - 2016
The mission of the Department of Community Health is to provide Georgians with access to affordable, quality health care through effective planning, purchasing and oversight.
We are dedicated to A Healthy Georgia.
DCH is committed to a lean and responsive state government that promotes the health and prosperity of its citizens through innovative and effective delivery of quality health care programs.
State of Georgia’s Key Goals for the Department of Community Health
- Healthy Georgia
- Responsible and Efficient Government, Fiscally Sound, Principled, Conservative
Department of Community Health’s Key Goals
- Improve health status of Georgians by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventive care, disease management and disparity elimination.
- Improve access to quality health care at an affordable price.
- Ensure value in health care contracts.
- Move health plans administered by DCH toward being financially solvent to meet the needs of the members.
- Increase effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of health care programs.
- Ensure DCH has enough workers with the necessary skills and competencies to meet the current and future demand.
Core Organizational Values
- Accessible and Affordable Health Care
- Program Integrity/Ethics
- Fiscal Responsibility and Efficiency
- Health Promotion and Prevention
- Innovative Technology
- Quality-driven Services
- Respect for Others
The four health care agencies serving Georgia are: the Department of Community Health, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Public Health. Visit this page to learn more about each agency.