Missourians with serious mental illnesses are at risk of premature death, largely due to complications from untreated, preventable chronic illnesses such as:  obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.  These chronic conditions are aggravated by limited health choices associated with poverty, including poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and smoking.


Adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable medical conditions. This research has led many in the behavioral health field to seek ways to improve access to preventive services, wellness programs, and medical care.


Our agencies have been working on developing interventions to reduce and eliminate this early mortality gap through behavioral health homes.  Taking steps to stay healthy—eating right, getting enough exercise, following medical advice—can be challenging for anyone. However, for Missourians who also struggle with mental illness, the task can seem nearly impossible.


The Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare works in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health to ensure Missouri with behavioral health needs seek treatment when they need it and with the same confidence that they seek treatment for other health problems.


Initiatives the Coalition is currently working on:

  • Form stronger community partnerships between Community Mental Health Centers, law enforcement, and courts to save valuable resources that might otherwise be expended on unnecessary jail, prison, and hospital stays and to improve outcomes for individuals with behavioral health issues.

  • Reduce the stigma that surrounds both mental illnesses and seeking care for mental illnesses is reduced or eliminated.

  • Reduce the rate of suicide in Missouri significantly.

  • Ensure that mental health services are readily available in the most integrated, community-based setting possible.

  • Reduce recidivism and behavioral health problems among individuals under correctional control or supervision.

  • Support America’s service men and women—Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Veteran—together with their families and communities by leading efforts to ensure that needed behavioral health services are accessible and that outcomes are positive.


The Disease Management 3700 Project (DM 3700) is a collaborative project between the Department of Mental Health and MO Health Net. The project targets high cost Medicaid clients who have impactable chronic medical conditions.


The Department of Mental Health contracted with agencies who agreed to contact identified persons, provide outreach and engagement, enroll them in the Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR) program, and provide necessary services, focusing on community support/case management to coordinate and manage their medical/psychiatric conditions.


Our services and interventions have significantly reduced the cost to the state of Missouri in providing care and treatment and improving outcomes for the identified clients. While the outreach and initial enrollment will be through the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH), formerly the Divisions of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Comprehensive Psychiatric Services, and the CPR program, if the client indicates a substance abuse disorder, they may be referred to the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse-CSTAR programs as appropriate.


Missouri's prisons, jails, and probation, and parole agencies oversee a disproportionate number of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders—many churning through the criminal justice system over and over again.


Community Mental Health Treatment is designed for offenders with a moderate level of mental health problems.  Offenders receive an assessment, are assigned a mental health case worker and receive their medication.  The goal of this program is to stabilize offenders with mental health impairment to the point they can maintain employment and ultimately assume financial responsibility for their ongoing mental health treatment needs.


Community Substance Abuse Treatment is designed to provide a full range of substance abuse treatment to offenders, including outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment, medication assisted treatment (Vivitrol) and case management. Existing Department of Mental Health treatment providers are used to deliver priority substance abuse services to identified Department of Corrections offenders in the field.


Each year suicide claims approximately 30,000 lives in America which makes it responsible for slightly more than 1 percent of deaths in the United States. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are a psychiatric emergency requiring immediate intervention to prevent this disastrous event. It is the most common psychiatric emergency with close to 1 million Americans receiving treatment for suicidal thoughts, behaviors or attempts on a yearly basis.

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Supporting America’s service men and women—Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Veteran—together with their families and communities by leading efforts to ensure that needed behavioral health services are accessible and that outcomes are positive.


The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.   

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