Many people served by the Division of Behavioral Health are capable of experiencing rewarding careers in competitive jobs. Work provides financial benefits, a sense of purpose and often leads to the development of meaningful relationships. The opportunity to work should be open to everyone served by the Division, despite recent substance use, hospitalizations, clinical diagnosis or mental health symptoms.

Individuals with substance use, mental health disorders and/or criminal justice backgrounds have strengths, talents and abilities that are frequently overlooked. The Division seeks to integrate clinical and vocational supported employment services though state-wide partnerships with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, agencies providing employment programs, community mental health centers, ADA providers and state-operated facilities. The goal is to help individuals who are interested in employment, participate in the competitive labor market, hired to do a job of their preference, with the appropriate level of professional help needed to be successful.

  • DBH Employment Services Overview - Watch to learn more about the role of the Department of Mental Health in providing employment support services to Missourians. The Department of Mental Health and the Division of Behavioral Health have the expectation that every Missourian of working age and those supporting them should consider work as their first option as fully participating members of their community, and should engage in work that makes sense to them.

The Department of Mental Health is sharing the many success stories of its clients and consumers from across all the divisions. Many receiving mental health services in Missouri have made great strides to not only make life better for themselves, but their accomplishments help make a difference for others around the state. If you would like to share a success, please complete and submit the Sharing Success form.