Office of the Director

Valerie Huhn, Director

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Valerie Huhn

Heidi DiBiaso, Administrative Assistant (573) 522-1475

The Office of the Director, with the advice of the Mental Health Commission, is responsible for the overall operations of the Department of Mental Health and its three divisions: Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Administrative Services. The director's duties include planning, supervising, and evaluating the provision of services for Missourians with mental disorders, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders.

The department makes services available through state-operated facilities and contract agreements. The state-operated facilities include six adult psychiatric hospitals, one children's psychiatric facility, five long-term-care habilitation centers, 6 regional centers and 6 satellite offices for persons with developmental disabilities, and the central administrative offices.

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