Who We Are
The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) manages, treats, and prevents intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorder. DMH improves public understanding and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorder. These responsibilities are outlined in Section 37(a) of the Missouri Constitution.
The Governor appoints the seven-member Missouri Mental Health Commission, who serve as principle policy advisors for the department.
What We Do
DMH is the State’s mental health authority. The Department sets policies and standards of care; oversees programs and services delivered by contracted community providers; and provides direct services to individuals. DMH direct services include assuring the health and safety of individuals, treatment and habilitation, community participation, and recovery supports.
The DMH system delivers essential supports to Missourians living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorder including in-home services, community-based services, and in-patient services. These services are provided primarily through collaboration with local community providers. In addition, DMH operates 12 state habilitation centers and behavioral health hospitals across 15 locations.
Who We Serve
DMH impacts all Missourians and communities through education and prevention efforts. With a budget of nearly $3 billion in state and federal funds, DMH supports approximately 170,000 Missourians each year. Individuals must meet financial and/or diagnostic criteria to be eligible for direct services.