DBHS Services

The Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) provides an integrated system of public mental health care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and treatment services to Arkansas residents.  The Division of Behavioral Health Services provides the majority of direct mental health services throughout the State by contracting with 13 community mental health centers (CMHCs) and 3 specialty clinics.  DBHS staff are available for consultation and education regarding behavioral health issues. 

Each CMHC is required to provide a full array of traditional and specialized, outpatient services with a defined geographical area called a catchment area.  These services include:  diagnostic evaluation, treatment planning, individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, case management, crisis services, vocational, housing and educational support, transportation, and rehabilitative and day treatment services. 

There are 13 catchment areas in which the CMHCs have services sites in 65 of the 75 counties.  The CMHCs are the single-point-of-entry (SPOE) to the public mental health system.  Entry to the Arkansas State Hospital is only available through the CMHC system.  All CMHCs are accredited by either Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) or The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Facilities (TJC).  The CMHCs provide services from 119 service sites throughout the State of Arkansas. 

Priority populations served through the public mental health system are:

  • Individuals subject to Act 911 of 1989.
  • Individuals who are committed to the public mental health system by the Courts for dangerousness to others.
  • Forensic populations, including persons with a mental illness who are incarcerated in city or county detention facilities, released from these facilities or from state detention facilities, or are on probation; except to the extent that the law provides for mental health services to be provided by the Arkansas Department of Corrections or the Arkansas Community Correction.
  • Seriously Mentally Ill Adults, as described on the Physician Certification of Adult with a Serious Mental Illness.
  • Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Children, as described in the Physician Certification of Serious Emotional Disturbance.
  • Others with mental health needs to the extent funds remain available.

 Annually, the public mental health system serves approximately 74,000 individuals.

What Programs & Services Are Available

Fortunately, through the Division of Behavioral Health Services, there are service providers across the state that provide mental health and alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services.

The 16 community mental health centers are experienced in the design and delivery of mental health services to individuals in their home communities.  The culture, economy, and ethnic makeup of the communities in each service area are unique to that area.

For more information regarding the services below please call DBHS at 501-686-9164.

  • Programs
    • Service:Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP)
      About:The Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) was established in Arkansas by Act 964 of 1991 and 2001 through Act 1517. CASSP is based on the concept developed by the National Institute of Mental Health that focuses on the need for interagency collaboration and coordination across systems in delivering multiple services to seriously emotionally disturbed children /youth and their families. CASSP service teams are available throughout the state to develop multiagency plans of care (MAPS/Wraparound) for individual children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance when the current system is not adequately meeting their needs.
    • Service:Drug and Alcohol Safety Education Program (DASEP)
      About:The mission of the Arkansas Drug and Alcohol Safety Education Program (DASEP) is to promote public safety by reducing the number of injuries and fatalities due to driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Individuals attend a DASEP course because their use of alcohol or other drugs has put them and others at risk. The course encourages effective decision-making and the reduction of recidivism by providing participants with accurate information about alcohol and other drugs and assisting them in making changes to any high-risk substance abuse behavior.
    • Service:Family Support Partners
      About:Family Support Partners are peer counselors who model recovery and resiliency in overcoming obstacles common to those who live with children or youth with behavioral health care needs. Family Support Partners come from legacy families and use their lived experience, training, and skills to help caregivers and their families identify goals and actions that promote recovery and resiliency. Family Support Partners are employed or contracted by agencies committed to family driven, culturally competent, and individualized care. Family Support Partners have completed the required training programs and received certification.
    • Service:Psychology Internship Program | More Information
      About:The program is a one-year, full-time, pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology at the Arkansas State Hospital.
    • Service:Wraparound Services
      About:Wraparound is a family-driven, youth-guided, team-based approach that wraps services and supports around a family whose child or youth is at risk of removal from their home, school, and community due to severe to moderate behavioral health issues. The objective of Wraparound is to genuinely engage with families to develop and implement a care plan for families, children, and youth that integrates the local services and naturals supports necessary to reduce out-of-home, school or community placements.
  • Services
    • Service:Alcohol Addiction/Abuse Services
      About:Outpatient care, residential care, Specialized Women's Services (SWS) and early intervention.
    • Service:Arkansas Juvenile Drug Courts
      About:These services are available in ten different judicial district. Services are provided by contracted licensed providers. These contracts are awarded via bid process. Juveniles admitted to the Juvenile Drug Court program are provided a number of services including, outpatient, case management, and random urine analysis.
      Website:Arkansas Juvenile Drug Courts
    • Service:Arkansas System of Care
      About:Arkansas System of Care (AR SOC) is a collaborative network of community-based services and supports that are organized to meet the challenges of children and youth with moderate to severe mental health needs and their families. Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations so services and supports are effective, build on the strengths of individuals, and address each person’s cultural and linguistic needs. A system of care helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, and in the community.
    • Service:Behavioral Health Forensic Services
      About:Conducts the court-ordered evaluation to determine issues of competency and responsibility. Provides inpatient treatment and monitoring of those individuals acquitted through the court system.
    • Service:Behavioral Health Inpatient Services
      About:A full range of short-term intensive treatment for mental health care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and treatment.
    • Service:Behavioral Health Professional Training
      About:Training is provided for direct care providers, teachers, criminal justice system personnel, primary care providers, and parents in alcohol and drug information and skill development.
    • Service:Behavioral Health Residential Services
      About:Treatment and supervision in various residential settings ranging from group homes to independent living.
    • Service:Care Coordinating Councils
      About:Care Coordinating Councils (CCC) are required to establish local governance and administration that facilitates Children's Behavioral Health System of Care development, ensures the appropriateness of services and supports, and provides accountability of a local fiduciary agent for the wraparound funds allocated to their geographic area. Each CCC is to be established regionally and encompass the existing Department of Human Service Division of Behavioral Health Services (DHS DBHS) behavioral health service areas.
    • Service:Day Treatment Outpatient Services
      About:A more structured form of outpatient services to assist clients with developing and maintaining the daily living skills needed for community living.
    • Service:Detoxification Services
      About:Detoxification services are provided through the Regional Alcohol and Drug Detoxification Program (RADD). Services are provided locally through contracted providers who contract with local hospitals to provide inpatient services.
    • Service:Drug Addiction/Abuse Services
      About:Outpatient care, residential care, Specialized Women's Services (SWS) and early intervention.
    • Service:Prevention Services for Behavioral Health
      About:Services provided within the community to reduce and prevent the occurrence of mental/emotional disorders.
    • Service:Specialized Programs for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
      About:Services provided to assist the community with education about emotional disorders.
    • Service:Specialized Women's Services
      About:Facilities designated to provide services and support for pregnant and/or parenting mothers with children below the age of 7 years old. Services include at a minimum housing, alcohol and other drug treatment, case management, child care, transportation, medical treatment, education/job skills training, parenting and life skills, aftercare, and family education.
    • Service:Substance Abuse Prevention, Education and Early Intervention
      About:Alcohol, tobacco, Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG), SYNAR and other drug abuse prevention programming and coalition development for community-based environmental change efforts.