Public & Legislative Affairs

The Office of Public and Legislative Affairs (OPLA) disseminates information to the public concerning the department's behavioral health and developmental disabilities programs and services. The office helps promote the people, programs, and services of the department through publications, broadcast and print media as well as social media. OPLA also provides support services, technical assistance, and training to the department's divisions, offices, and facilities.

The office also works with state and local officials, stakeholders, the public and other state departments to advocate for the department's objectives by advancing legislative initiatives designed to develop sound public policies relating to mental health services. OPLA helps develop legislation and represents the Department director in communications with the Governor's Office and members of the General Assembly; it monitors the progress of bills and other legislative activities, and provides legislative information to Department staff, the Mental Health Commission, and the Department's stakeholders.

Mental Health Equity and Inclusion Alliance

The Department of Mental health is taking a critical look at its policies, practices, and outcomes. The goal is to understand where we are, and take actions to enhance equity in Missouri’s public mental health system. Mental Health Equity is the right to access quality mental health services for all populations. It is a structural and systemic concept that focuses on achieving comparable, favorable outcomes across racial and other groups through the allocation of resources in ways designed to remedy disadvantages some people face through no fault of their own.

The Alliance aims to help DMH and its provider network achieve and sustain equity by promoting fairness in policies, programs, initiatives, hiring & promotion practices, funding decisions, and consumer outcomes.

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