The Office of Deaf Services is an agency-wide policy and program development office for the Department of Mental Health (DMH). The Director of Deaf Services is responsible for consultation and assistance to DMH facilities and providers delivering mental health services to eligible individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing or from cultural minority people groups. Activities for systemic development include policy development, evidence based practices and program development informed by advisory input of DMH stakeholders.  For individuals who are requesting service for psychiatric, substance abuse or a developmental disability, the below links provide information about applying for services.

DMH names new Director of Deaf Services

The Department of Mental Health is pleased to announce the appointment of David S. Kingsbury as the Director of Deaf Services effective July 1, 2015.

Mr. Kingsbury has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He is fluent in American Sign Language and active in the Deaf community. Mr. Kingsbury currently works as Director of Student and Outreach Services for the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton. He previously worked as a Community Support Supervisor for Burrell Behavioral Health in Columbia and has extensive experience in working with persons who are Deaf and who have a serious mental illness.

“The Department is excited to have David provide the leadership for the Office of Deaf Services. He has a strong understanding of clinical services as well as experience in and respect for Deaf culture. He also has the strong administrative skills needed to manage a statewide system of mental health care with inpatient and outpatient services for persons who are Deaf,” said Bob Bax, Deputy Director for the Department of Mental Health.

Deaf Services Lawsuit Settlement

The Department of Mental Health has entered into a settlement agreement regarding services provided to deaf consumers eligible for Department services. Part of that settlement is an obligation to provide Notice to those affected by the settlement. For more information, see the Settlement Notice (Exhibit A) and/or Settlement Agreement.

Mental Health Services to Medicaid-eligible Deaf Persons

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) has established clinical standards of care for deaf individuals for DMH operated facilities. These clinical standards of care detail the system of delivery of mental health services to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who are eligible for services from or through DMH and/or the Missouri Department of Social Services. If a Medicaid or MO HealthNet provider is of the view that it is unable to meet the needs of a qualified individual, that provider may wish to consult with a DMH facility or administrative agent, to ascertain whether the facility or agent could provide services meeting such needs. Contact information for DMH facilities or administrative agents are available through the following links:

Quick Links for Information

The Office of Deaf Services is a Department of Mental Health office and only addresses mental health needs. For more general information and resources related to Deafness, please use the following links.