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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:

 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 

Outpatient Behavioral Health Services can be provided through certified Behavioral Health Agencies (BHAs) and Independently Licensed Practitioners (ILPs).

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


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: 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: Alcohol Addiction/Abuse Services
About: Outpatient care, residential care, Specialized Women's Services (SWS) and early intervention.
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: 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.

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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