Programs & 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.
Outpatient Behavioral Health Services can be provided through certified Behavioral Health Agencies (BHAs) and Independently Licensed Practitioners (ILPs).
- To find a BHA or ILP in your area, click here for a list of BHAs and ILPs by county.
For more information regarding the services below please call DBHS at 501-686-9164.
|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:||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:||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 | More Information|
|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:||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:||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 Abuse Hotline | More Information|
|About:||Do you suspect an adult is being abused or neglected at home or in a care facility? If so, call our hotline to make a confidential report.|
|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:||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.|