Your State Government: Overview of the Missouri Department of Mental Health

Many families in Missouri are affected by mental illness and don’t know where to turn for help. The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) provides a variety of services to address mental illness, substance abuse, as well as programs to assist those with disabilities.

The department’s website is a great tool for a variety of information, including how and where to get help, program and service guides, links to other services and providers outside of the department, and more. The Department of Mental Health is under the direction of Keith Schafer. Two of its divisions are as follows:

  •  The Division of Behavior Health (DBH) is responsible for making sure prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation services are available for individuals and families that need public mental health services throughout the State of Missouri.
  • The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) helps people who have long-term delays or disabilities in either physical or mental development.

Part of the mission of the department is to dispel social stigmas that some people may attach to persons with mental illness. The booklet Understanding Mental Illness is a good guide to understanding how mental illness affects all areas of a person’s life and the lives of their family.


Posted: August 9, 2013

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