Department of Mental Health
Mark Stringer, Director
1706 East Elm
P.O. Box 687
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
The Missouri Department of Mental Health serves Missourians by working to prevent substance abuse, mental disorders, and developmental disabilities; by rehabilitating, treating, and habilitating persons with those conditions; and by educating the public about mental health.
The department benefits from the counsel of a seven-member citizen commission, which hires the director and serves as policy advisor to the director. The members of the Mental Health Commission, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, are selected for their concerns and expertise in the various facets of mental health care.
The department is divided into three program divisions. The department operates 26 facilities and contracts with more than 1,600 local agencies to provide community-based care.
Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
The Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse plans and funds an array of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs for alcohol- and drug-dependent Missourians and provides outpatient treatment services to compulsive gamblers and their families. The division operates no facilities of its own, but instead contracts with community agencies and mental health centers to provide detoxification services, residential and non-residential services and prevention programs.
Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services
The Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services is responsible for assuring the availability of prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation services for individuals and families requiring public mental health services. The division operates 7 hospitals for adults, one children’s psychiatric hospital and one children’s residential center. In addition, the division contracts with community mental health centers to deliver outpatient services throughout the state.
Division of Developmental Disabilities
The Division of Developmental Disabilities plans and provides direct services and contracts with other agencies to serve a clientele with such developmental disabilities as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, and learning disabilities. The division operates six habilitation centers and 11 regional centers. The regional centers serve as the entry and exit points for receiving the division’s services.