Governor Brian Kemp has appointed Joseph Bona, MD, MBA, to serve on the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission. Dr. Bona is presently the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of DeKalb Community Service Board, a provider of mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability services to citizens of Dekalb County. Dr. Bona will serve alongside legislators, judges, subject-matter experts, and citizens to explore how the state can improve access and delivery of behavioral health services for the people of Georgia.
Dr. Bona earned his Medical Degree at the State University New York at Buffalo and completed his Psychiatric training at the Duke University Medical Center. He has over 30 years of experience in academic, industry and community-based healthcare settings. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, member of the American College of Psychiatrists, past President of the Georgia Psychiatric Association, and the recipient of the ‘2016 Psychiatrist of the Year’ award. Dr. Bona maintains adjunct faculty appointments to the Departments of Psychiatry at Emory and the Medical College of Georgia. “It is an honor to be appointed by Gov. Kemp to this Commission and I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to help shape a better future for behavioral healthcare in Georgia,” said Dr. Bona of his appointment.
The DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) is an innovative, community-based behavioral health and developmental disabilities services organization located in metropolitan Atlanta, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse and developmental disabilities programs treatment to individuals who are uninsured and underinsured.
As a public, not-for-profit organization, the DeKalb CSB operates more than 20 locations in DeKalb County with a diverse workforce of approximately 500 direct-care and support staff. Our staff of physicians, nurses, clinicians and support personnel is dedicated to helping our clients and their families recover from debilitating disabilities and resume productive lives. We strive to provide the highest quality, evidence-based services in the least restrictive settings, and we envision a community in which disabilities no longer limit potential.