Programs & Services
The Division of Aging, Adult, & Behavioral Health Services (DAABHS) ensures an integrated system of public mental health care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and treatment services to Arkansas residents. The Division of Aging, Adult, & Behavioral Health Services provides the majority of direct mental health services throughout the State by contracting with 12 community mental health centers (CMHCs) or other Behavioral Health Agencies. DAABHS staff are available for consultation and education regarding behavioral health issues.
Contracted CMHCs are required to provide a full array of traditional and specialized, outpatient services with a defined geographical area called a region. These services include: diagnostic evaluation, treatment planning, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, medication management, case management, crisis intervention, vocational, housing and educational support, transportation, rehabilitative and day treatment services, and crisis screenings. CMHCs are required to provide necessary services to all Arkansans who have no payer source, or their insurance will not cover needed mental health services.
DAABHS contracts with each CMHC and 15 other Behavioral Health Agencies (BHA) to provide rapid access to Counseling Level Services such as individual therapy, family therapy, mental health evaluations, Multi-family groups and psychoeducation for persons without any insurance. If an individual is eligible for health insurance the CMHC or BHA will assist the individual or family in completing the enrollment process.
Mental health services are available in all 75 counties.
Priority populations served through the CMHC contracts 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
- Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Children
- Individuals between ages of 15 and 34 who are experiencing early signs of serious mental illnesses
- Individuals awaiting admission to or discharging form the Arkansas State Hospital
Annually, the public mental health system serves approximately 74,000 individuals.
What Programs & Services Are Available
Fortunately, through the Division of Aging, Adult, & Behavioral Health Services, there are service providers across the state that provide mental health and alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services.
The 12 community mental health centers and other Behavioral Health Agencies 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 and we believe that people should be served in their home communities whenever possible.
Outpatient Behavioral Health Services can be provided through certified Behavioral Health Agencies (BHAs) or Independently Licensed Practitioners (ILPs).
- To find a BHA or ILP in your area, click here for a list of BHAs and ILPs by county. or, call 1-844-763-0198.
For more information regarding the services below please call DBHS at 501-686-9164.
All Providers may not have state funded services. However, most accept a variety of different insurances or have self pay options.
|Service:||ARChoices in Homecare | More Information|
|About:||A Medicaid home and community-based program that provides attendant care, Home-Delivered Meals, Personal Emergency Response System, Adult Day Services, Adult Day Health Services, Facility-Based Respite Care, In-Home Respite Care, and Environmental Accessibility Adaptions/Adaptive Equipment to individuals age 21 through 64 with a physical disability or individuals who are 65 and older. These individuals must meet the criteria for intermediate nursing home care.|
|Website:||ARChoices in Homecare|
|Service:||Arkansas SMP – Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare Fraud | More Information|
|About:||This program helps consumers understand more about healthcare fraud. It involves recruiting retired persons to teach Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to recognize and report healthcare fraud.|
|Website:||Arkansas SMP – Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare Fraud|
|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:||Foster Grandparent Program|
|About:||Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.|
|Contact:||501-320-8902 | Email|
|Service:||IndependentChoices Program | More Information|
|About:||Program supports at-home care by providing a monthly allowance in place of "Personal Care Services."|
|Service:||Living Choices Assisted Living | More Information|
|About:||Services to provide housing, supportive services, personalized assistance and healthcare designed to respond to the individual needs of those who need help with activities of daily living.|
|Service:||Money Follows the Person Program | More Information|
|About:||Program to transition individuals who have resided in institutions 90 days or longer into qualified home and community-based programs.|
|Service:||Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman|
|About:||A statewide program, that advocates for the rights of long-term care residents. It is a statewide program of community advocates that addresses the complaints of nursing home and residential care facility residents. Its representatives provide information on facilities, work for systematic change, and monitor the activities of the regulatory system.|
|Website:||Arkansas Long Term Care Ombudsman Program|
|Service:||PACE | More Information|
|About:||The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is an innovative model that enables individuals who are 55 years of age or older and certified by the state to need nursing facility care, to live as independently as possible. Through PACE, fragmented health care financing and delivery system comes together to serve the unique needs of the enrolled individual with chronic care needs. The population served by PACE is historically very frail. The PACE organization must provide all needed services to the PACE participant.|
|Service:||PASSE (Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity|
The Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) is a new model of organized care that will address the needs of certain Medicaid beneficiaries who have complex behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities service needs. The PASSE model is a Medicaid-funded program. It does not change a person’s eligibility for Medicaid, but it changes the way services are paid for by Medicaid for certain eligible individuals.
PASSE (Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity): Website
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DHS PASSE Provider Line:1-888-889-6451
|Website:||PASSE (Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity|
|Service:||Projects Assisting Transition from Homelessness (PATH)|
|About:||For persons meeting the definition of SMI and who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, assistance may be available in designated areas of the state to help promote seeking mental health evaluation and ongoing care along with assistance with seeking and maintaining stable housing, if eligibility criteria are met.|
|Service:||Psychology Internship Program|
|About:||The program is a one-year, full-time, pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology at the Arkansas State Hospital.|
|Website:||Psychology Internship Program|
|Service:||Senior Community Service Employment Program|
|About:||This part-time program is for low-income persons age 55 and over who have poor employment prospects to help gain on-the-job training and work experience.|
|Website:||Senior Community Service Employment Program|
|Service:||The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program - (SFMNP) | More Information|
|About:||(SFMNP) is a USDA funded program that provides low-income seniors (60+) with coupons that can be exchanged for locally grown eligible foods (fruit, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) at participating farmer’s markets and roadside stands. In Arkansas, the SFMNP is available in nine counties of northwest Arkansas, as follows: Benton, Carroll, Boone, Marion, Baxter, Washington, Madison, Newton, and Searcy. To enroll in the SFMNP a person must be age 60 or older, live in one of the participating counties, and have an income level within 185% of the poverty level. For information on enrollment contact the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas at 1-870-741-1144.|
|Contact:||501-320-6575 | Email|
|Website:||The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program - (SFMNP)|
|Service:||Workers With Disabilities | More Information|
|About:||You must be at least 16 and less than 65 years of age. You must also have a significant disability expected to last at least 12 months or to result in death. Eligibility is determined using Social Security Disability guidelines. Unlike receiving Social Security benefits, you may work full-time and earn more than what is allowed under Social Security benefit guidelines (SGA limit).|
|Service:||Adult Protective Services|
|About:||Adult Protective Services investigates maltreatment, abuse, neglect and exploitation of individuals age 18 and older.|
|Website:||Adult Protective Services|
|Service:||Alcohol Addiction/Abuse Services|
|About:||Outpatient care, residential care, Specialized Women's Services (SWS) and early intervention.|
|Service:||Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition | More Information|
|About:||The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition is a collaborative partner with the Department of Human Service for the Arkansas Take the Time Lifespan Respite Program. The Coalition is represented by family caregivers, respite providers, and members of the aging, disability and health services networks. Everyone is welcome|
|Website:||Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition|
|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:||Choices in Living Resource Center|
|About:||The Choices in Living Resource Center is an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). We provide helpful information about long term services and supports in Arkansas. Trained Counselors are here to help you sort through the many options that are available and to assist you in making informed decisions. Anyone may contact us for assistance at 1-866-801-3435|
|Website:||Choices in Living Resource Center Website|
|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.|
|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:||Long Term Care Complaints | More Information|
|About:||The Office of Long Term Care investigates complaints against facilities as well as allegations of abuse or neglect of residents, theft of residents' property, and poor quality of resident care. Investigations are confidential, and you do not have to give your name when you file a complaint. If you choose to give your name, the Office of Long Term Care informs you when the investigation is completed.|
|Contact:||800-582-4887 | Email|
|Service:||PASSE Office of the Ombudsman|
|About:||It is the responsibility of the PASSE Ombudsman Office to ensure that compassion, respect, trust, and integrity- all core values of the Arkansas Department of Human Services(DHS)-are demonstrated in resolving issues or complaints from beneficiaries who are PASSE members.|
|Contact:||PASSE Ombudsman Office: 1-844-843-7351 | Email|
|Website:||PASSE Office of the Ombudsman|
|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.|