Missouri Government Sites
Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH)
The Missouri Department of Mental Health was first established as a cabinet-level state agency by the Omnibus State Government Reorganization Act, effective July 1, 1974. State law provides three principal missions for the department: (1) the prevention of mental disorders, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and compulsive gambling; (2) the treatment, habilitation, and rehabilitation of Missourians who have those conditions; and (3) the improvement of public understanding and attitudes about mental disorders, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and compulsive gambling. The seven-member Missouri Mental Health Commission, serves as the principal policy advisory body to the department director. The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is organizationally comprised of three program divisions that serve approximately 150,000 Missourians annually, along with six support offices. DMH makes services available through state-operated facilities and contracts with private organizations and individuals. The state-operated psychiatric facilities include inpatient psychiatric for adults and children, as well as the Missouri Sexual Offender Treatment Center. In addition, six habilitation centers and 11 regional offices serve individuals with developmental disabilities. Other services are purchased from a variety of privately operated programs statewide through approximately 4,000 contracts managed annually by DMH.
Missouri Department of Social Services
The Department of Social Services is responsible for coordinating programs to provide public assistance to children and their parents, access to health care, child support enforcement assistance and to provide specialized assistance to troubled youth. While many programs give needed financial assistance and services, other units work toward reducing financial dependency of the citizens on government.
Missouri Department of Social Services – Children Services
Families need to make key decisions regarding their children’s needs and that a cohesive system of child-focused, family-centered, community oriented, timely and accountable services provides the best support for children and their families.
Missouri Department of Social Services – Division of Youth Services
View information regarding the care and treatment of youth committed to custody by one of the 45 Missouri juvenile courts. The Division of Youth Services operates treatment programs ranging from non-residential day treatment centers through secure residential institutions.
Missouri Department of Social Services – Programs and Services for Health Care
Medicaid and MC+ for Kids, are health care -insurance programs for low-income people and working families who qualify. This includes families, children, women who are pregnant and persons under the age of 21. It also offers help to people who are blind, disabled or age 65 and over.
Missouri Department of Social Services – Programs and Services to Support Families
Assistance programs help keep families together and to help ensure a normal family life for children. Assistance grants, job training programs, child care all work together to end the need for assistance by getting parents off welfare and working to provide for their families.
Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
If you want to work but have a disability that keeps you from finding or keeping a job, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) may be able to help you. VR specializes in employment and training services that can assist you in becoming employed. A VR counselor will determine your eligibility for services. To be eligible, you need to have a physical or mental impairment that causes problems with working and need VR services to be successfully employed. Once eligible, you will work with a counselor who will help you develop a plan for your rehabilitation. We will give you vocational information and guidance allowing you to make informed choices about your vocational plan.