The Division of Behavioral Health Services seeks to improve the quality of life for Arkansans by providing a comprehensive, recovery-based and consumer-driven behavioral health system of care utilizing evidence-based or promising practices, which include trauma-informed care concepts in all areas.
The Division of Behavioral Health Services is the Single State Authority (SSA) responsible for the distribution of federal funds from the Mental Health Block Grant and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. The Division of Behavioral Health Services is responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive and coordinated program for the prevention and treatment for alcohol and drug abuse and mental health issues in Arkansas. It has been the policy and philosophy of the Division of Behavioral Health Services that the most effective services are community-based and community-supported. To support this, the Division of Behavioral Health Services contracts with local programs to establish an effective network of services.