ATLANTA, Georgia – July 5, 2016 – DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB), a public, nonprofit treatment provider of community-based behavioral health and developmental disability services, located in DeKalb County, has appointed Fabio Van Der Merwe to its leadership team as Chief Operating Officer.  In his role, Van Der Merwe will be responsible for overseeing, developing, and setting the strategic direction for the operations of DeKalb CSB.

Van Der Merwe brings over 16 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare field, with experience in clinical service delivery, managed care, and administration. Prior to his appointment, he held various leadership positions over an 8 year span at DeKalb CSB in the areas of Compliance, Quality, and Utilization Management.

“Since joining DeKalb CSB in 2006, Fabio has proven to be a dynamic, thoughtful, and productive leader,” said Joseph Bona, MD, DeKalb CSB Chief Executive Officer.  “His experience and expertise in the areas of technology, compliance, outcome measurement, and quality assurance has advanced our capabilities. His clinical grounding assures that our operational function always aligns with our mission and vision. I am proud to have him on our leadership team.”

“I look forward to working with the leadership team in a new capacity to position DeKalb CSB for growth and enhance the way that we provide services to those that we serve,” said Van Der Merwe.  “I am incredibly energized about this opportunity to help lead the agency to its next phase of operational excellence.”

Van Der Merwe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Emory University, a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and holds a certification in Health Care Compliance.

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About DeKalb CSB

Founded in 1994, DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services.  Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 10,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives.  DeKalb CSB employs more than 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).   Learn more about DeKalb Community Service Board at