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About Us

Saint Louis MHB is an independent taxing district in the City of St. Louis authorized in Missouri state statutes and local ballot initiatives to administer public funds for behavioral health and children’s services for the benefit of City residents. MHB does not provide direct services itself but makes funding available for direct services operated by non-profit agencies. Please refer to our Partnerships pages for information on direct service programs funded by MHB.

MHB administers two City property taxes:

Community Children’s Services Fund is committed to improving the well-being of children from birth through age 18 in the City of St. Louis, by investing in a wide array of quality programs, from prevention to treatment, and supporting the development of a coordinated system of services for children.

Community Mental Health Fund invests in accessible, high-quality behavioral health and substance use recovery services. The evidence-based practices used by many grantees are effective and economical, leading to measurable results that improve the quality of life for City residents.

MHB invests these tax dollars primarily in grants to non-profit service organizations. Most grants are renewable for up to three years. In addition to grantmaking, MHB addresses behavioral health needs by making investments in partnership with other funders, and funding special initiatives in response to pressing, emerging community needs.

Our Investment Options

MHB employs a variety of ways to disseminate funds to the community—funds that achieve tangible results for City residents:

Competitive Grants to non-profit organizations for three-year cycles

Initiatives address an important or emerging need, which MHB chooses to support

Investment Managers are projects that align with MHB’s priorities in which a lead agency is chosen to re-grant designated MHB funds to other direct service providers in a field of service for which the lead agency has distinct expertise

Funding Partnerships in which one or more other funders combine their resources with MHB to achieve greater impact

Permanent Supportive Housing provides funds for rehab or new-build housing units made in the form of 10-year forgivable loans to address needs for permanent housing by persons with serious emotional disorders

Strategic Initiatives that are consistent with MHB’s mission and priorities for which special funding is sought to address a compelling need not available through the tax funds

Mission & Vision

Mission – MHB improves the quality of life for city residents by investing and participating in a coordinated system of social, behavioral and physical health services aligned with community priorities.

Vision – MHB is a strategic visionary leader investing in and strengthening an integrated system of social, behavioral and physical health services to build an equitable, thriving community.

Core Values

The following core values are what MHB stands for and what guides us in our work each day:

Stewardship and Accountability

Consumer Centered

Collaborative Leadership


Effectiveness Through Learning

Measurable Impact

Strategic Domains

Three domains are the key areas on which MHB focuses attention:

Embody exemplary stewardship of public resources

Amplify communication and knowledge supporting a system of high-quality social, behavioral and physical health services

Improve social and behavioral health responses in St. Louis through creative community problem solving

Board of Trustees

Linda Grayson


Manager – May Company – Retired

Central West End Neighborhood

David Laslo

Vice Chair

President – Strategic Research & Analytics

Carondelet Neighborhood

Terrell Carter


Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Greenville University

Lindenwood Park Neighborhood

Marylou Calzaretta

Corporate Counsel – Esse Health

Holly Hills Neighborhood

Marguerite Grandelious

Retired School Counselor – Ritenour School District – Buder Elementary

Central West End Neighborhood

Darrell Hudson

Associate Professor – Brown School of Social Work
Washington University

Skinker DeBaliviere Neighborhood

Carolyn Jackson

Manager – Upward Bound/TRIO SLCC Forest Park

Enright Neighborhood

Julia López

Instructor of Medicine - Division of Infectious Diseases, Washington University

Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood

Phil Minden

Senior Vice President – Sterling Bank

Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood

Cassandra Pinkston

Chief Executive Officer - Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis

Shaw Neighborhood

Robert Poirier

Clinical Chief of Emergency Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

Central West End Neighborhood

Carla Rose

CEO – AerialSync (UAV Software and Service Co.)

Tilles Neighborhood

Donna Schmitt

Partner – Armstrong Teasdale, LLC

St. Louis Hills Neighborhood

Yusef Scoggin

Director - Office of Family & Community Services at Saint Louis County Government

West End Neighborhood

Staff Members

Jama Dodson

Executive Director

Cassandra Kaufman

Deputy Director

Kristin Cowart

Senior Project Director - Children's Services

Sue Culli

Senior Support Manager

Tom Giles

Director of Operations

Susan Kabat


Mary Ann Merz

System of Care Project Director

Jessica Meyers

Violence Prevention Commission Coordinator

Jennifer Morgan

Senior Project Director - Information Services

Serena Muhammad

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Lisa Potts

Project Director - Mental Health Services

Our History


MHB Founded

The St. Louis mental health mil tax passed in November 1992, although revenue did not become available until January 1994 at which time board membership was determined and Don Cuvo became Executive Director. An office was quickly established at 4144 Lindell in the Central West End.


Children’s Services Approved

Children’s Services Approved

In November 2004, voters approved a new and dedicated tax to fund much-needed children’s services.


Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals

In January 2006, MHB released a call to request proposals addressing the new Community Children’s Services Fund based on outcome funding.


Jama Dodson Becomes Executive Director

Jama Dodson Becomes Executive Director

In 2012, Don Cuvo retired after 18 years of service. The new Executive Director, Jama Dodson took over. The same year MHB celebrated over 100 Million in funding to the City of St. Louis.


MHB Moves to Union Station

In March 2013, under new leadership, a growing MHB relocated to the Post Office Annex in Union Station.


Remembering Don Cuvo

Remembering Don Cuvo

On April 28, 2015 Don Cuvo passed away. His 18+ years of exceptional leadership at MHB and vision for how we care for our city’s most vulnerable left a wonderful legacy.


MHB Celebrates 25 Years

January 2019, with a new logo, new website and a renewed vision for the future, MHB celebrates 25 years and investing over 200 million in grants serving the residents of the City of St. Louis.