Developmental Disabilities

A developmental disability is a disability which is attributable to intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and epilepsy. Such conditions must have occurred before age 22 and be considered lifelong in duration. Service eligibility also requires the disability to have serious impact on multiple areas of functioning.

Autism Services
Employment Services
First Steps
Home & Community Based Waivers

Mental Illness

Crisis Services

For immediate assistance in all crises:

  • Call 911 for emergency services
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room

More crisis resources…

Access Crisis Intervention Hotline

Access Crisis Intervention (ACI) hotlines are staffed by mental health professionals who can respond to your crisis 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

Understanding Mental Illness

The Department of Mental Health works to improve public understanding and attitudes about mental disorders. Below are links to help you understand mental illness in its many forms:

Mental Illness
Mental Illness Fact Sheets
Understanding Mental Illness
Mental Health First Aid
Links for Consumers, Families, and Other Organizations

How and Where to Get Help

When not in crisis, help is available over the phone on warm lines and in-person at a local or regional facility.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.


Understanding Addiction

Below are resources devoted to better understanding addictions like alcoholism, drug abuse, smoking and gambling and their impact on our lives.


Tobacco Quitline
The Missouri Tobacco Quitline provides counseling, information, and referrals. The Quitline number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

If you feel you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633).

Addiction Fact Sheets
Missouri Recovery Network
Alcoholics Anonymous
A.A. Meetings in Missouri
Rethinking Drinking

Where and How to Get Help