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The Missouri Division of Behavioral Health is committed to supporting children, adolescents and their families and caregivers by providing best practice treatment and building resiliency skills through our local Community Mental Health Clinics, Adolescent Comprehensive Substance Use Treatment Providers, and Certified Community Behavioral Health Organizations.

Click here for more information on how and where to get local behavioral health services. 

Access FREE Crisis Intervention Services by clicking here - Access Crisis Intervention (ACI) serves adults and children experiencing a behavioral health crisis in Missouri 24/7 by: assessing and providing information; linking to services; resources and supports; and maintaining individuals in the least restrictive setting.

 

Click here to meet the Children's Services Team!

Programs and Services

Assertive Community Treatment for Transitional Age Youth (ACT-TAY)

A team based treatment approach designed to provide individuals ages 16-25 with comprehensive, flexible, community based psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation and support. Individuals and families receive early intervention services from a team of specialists sensitive to the unique needs of transitional age youth. Click here for more information regarding ACT-TAY.

Day Treatment 

This service offers an alternative form of care to children who have serious emotional disturbance and who require a level of care greater than can be provided by the school or family, but not as intensive as inpatient service. Day treatment may include vocational education, rehabilitation services, individual and group therapies, and education services.

Family Support 

Services are provided for a family member of a child who had or currently has a behavioral or emotional disturbance disorder and may involve a variety of related activities to the development or enhance-ment of the service delivery system. Activities may include, but are not limited to, problem solving skills, emotional support, disseminating information, linking to services and parent-to-parent guidance.

Peer Support

Peer support services are delivered by individuals who have been successful in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support services help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process.  Click here for more information regarding peer support services.

Early Childhood Services

Early childhood is a critical period of brain development that provides the foundation for future mental health and wellness.  The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) wants to ensure that Missouri’s children grow up healthy and happy – both mentally and physically.  Click here for more information regarding early childhood mental health.   

Community Support

Services are designed to coordinate and provide services and resources to children and their families as necessary to promote resilience. The focus is on teaching/modeling developmentally appropriate skills, necessary for positive self-esteem, a sense of identity, positive relationships with family and peers, social competences and success in school.  Click here for more information regarding Community Support.

Family Assistance

These services are provided for the child and/or family. Activities provided in the delivery of services may include home living and community skills, communication and socialization, leisure activities for the child, arranging for appropriate services and resources available in the community.

Intensive Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation

This is a community-based level of support designed to help a child who is experiencing a severe and significant psychiatric condition, alleviating or eliminating the need to admit them into a psychiatric inpatient setting.

Trauma Informed Services 

Trauma Informed Care involves using trauma knowledge to guide how treatment and services are delivered and how a trauma lens can be applied to promote organizational change. The Department of Mental Health (DMH) offers support, training and consultation on trauma-related topics. Click here for more information regarding trauma informed services. 

System of Care 

A spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth with or at risk for mental health or other challenges and their families, that is organized into a coordinated network, builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and addresses their cultural and linguistic needs, in order to help them to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life. 

Youth, Psychosis, System of Care

Clinicians, case managers, youth, family members, family and/or youth providers who are looking for training and education on supporting individuals experiencing the early warning signs of a severe mental illness, specifically psychosis, can reference the DMH SOC-CESS Webpage.

 “(When staffing a child) everyone is wrapping their arms around a family, giving their thoughts and collaborating to make sure that family doesn’t fall between the cracks” -Beatrice Stewart, Great Circle, Jefferson City

There are additional testimonials, archived webinars, and podcasts providing information and resources to help support youth and families experiencing the early signs and symptoms of psychosis.   

Children Program Initiatives

Infant, Mother, & Prenatal Assessment & Recovery (IMPART)

IMPART is a coordinated specialty care team operated by Burrell Behavioral Health in Greene County. IMPART is designed to provide treatment to pregnant and/or parenting women living with co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health disorder. One focus of the IMPART team is to address the recent increase in children born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) because of opioid use by mothers prior to birth. The IMPART team will connect with expectant and new mothers every year, and continue services from pregnancy until the child is three years old. Services provided by this specialty-care team are expected to include: medication for addictions; group and individual counseling; prenatal care; crisis intervention; overdose prevention; mental health assessment and treatments; parenting classes and support; education on child development; assistance in developing health support systems; and connection to social services including housing, supported employment and education and WIC.

Missouri Alliance for Dual Diagnosis (MOADD) Initiative

MOADD is a collaborative effort between the Department of Mental Health staff and providers with interest in developing expertise in supporting individuals living with a dual developmental/intellectual and behavioral health diagnosis. MOADD provides resources to assist providers in implementing best practices with individuals as well as providing an integrated system for network collaboration through Regional Professional Learning Communities. MOADD has developed three curriculum levels to assist those in supporting the Dual Diagnosis population, a 101, a Specialist and a Direct Support Professional training. A foundational curriculum for clinicians is being developed with collaboration of both DD and BH providers. The first MOADD Summit was held March 5, 2019 to promote best practices for the population and to highlight current practices utilized by providers in Missouri. At the MOADD Summit, Dr. John Constantino presented the next steps for Missouri in creating the MOADD Taskforce. This taskforce is comprised of clinicians who will be working over the next 6-8 months to establish best practices for supporting the population as well as the developing a mobile application to be utilized in the field. Click here for more MOADD information. 

Information for Providers

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Upcoming Training Information

Family Support Training: August 17-19, 2020
  • Family Support Providers give assistance to families with children or youth experiencing behavioral health, substance use, or developmental disability challenges. Parents and caregivers can access support and resources through their FSP, along with other services they provide. Consider attending the next training event, being held via Zoom, August 17-19, 2020. For questions regarding registration, please email Jill Richardson.
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