Director for Behavioral Health

Richard N. Gowdy, Ph.D.

Rick Gowdy on a suit and tie

Rick Gowdy serves a dual role in the Missouri Department of Mental Health as director of the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH), formerly the Divisions of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Comprehensive Psychiatric Services. The Division of Behavioral Health oversees mental health and substance use disorder services. Dr. Gowdy is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Forensic Examiner. He has held positions in the department as an inpatient psychologist, a forensic examiner, a facility Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Forensic Services and the Deputy Director for the Division of Behavioral Health.