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Missouri officials and mental health advocates say the state is making progress toward improving mental health care, but a lack of resources is a continuing problem.

American Psychiatric Association

The Missouri Health Home program will be receiving a Gold Achievement Award for community-based services on Thursday from the American Psychiatric Association. This is one of four awards given out by the American Psychiatric Association every year to outstanding mental health programs.

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Mark Stringer, the new Director for the Missouri Department of Mental Health began his job last week. This follows eight years as the Director for the Division of Behavioral Health and more than 28 years of experience in the mental health field.  KBIA’s Rebecca Smith sat down with Stringer to discuss his goals for the department and the challenges he expects to face. 

Missouri Department of Mental Health

The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) will have a new Director on July first.

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A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a budget plan that its chairman says will constrain the state's fastest-growing costs. 

Longtime Missouri DMH Director Announces Retirement

Mar 18, 2015

Dr. Keith Schafer, the Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, announced Wednesday that he plans to retire on June 30. 

Dr. Schafer has 28 years of experience in the mental health field.  He served as Missouri’s DMH Director two different times, once from 1986-1994 and again from 2007-2015.

Hundreds of people who have developmental disabilities could begin receiving publicly funded services as Missouri officials tackle a waiting list for in-home services that now stands at almost 1,400 people.

New filings in a class action lawsuit challenging Missouri's treatment of convicted sex offenders seek the release of more than 200 men in the program.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the legal challenge to the Missouri Department of Mental Health claims its Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services program is mismanaged, overcrowded and essentially a prison disguised as a mental hospital.

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As part of Gov. Jay Nixon’s mental health initiative program, two hundred Missouri K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators gathered in Columbia this week to learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

Jermine Alberty is a mental health first-aid instructor. He says one of the first things he does in a session is ask his trainees to write down derogatory terms related to mental illness.

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has created another interim committee, this time to examine how well state agencies respond to citizens who use their services.