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Community Mental Health Fund

The Saint Louis MHB Community Mental Health Fund was approved by City voters in a ballot initiative in 1994. The Mental Health Fund is committed to improving the quality of life for City adults age 18 or older who have mental health and/or substance use disorders. MHB invests in accessible, high-quality behavioral health and substance abuse recovery services.

Programs with a Focus

Missouri state statutes allow the Community Mental Health Fund to invest in the following program areas:

  • Community mental health centers or clinics
  • Comprehensive mental health services
  • Mental health services purchased from any community mental health center, clinic, public facility or not-for-profit corporation
  • Approval of service by the Missouri Department of Mental Health generally required

Key Impacts and Priorities of the Programs

In the upcoming FY20-22 funding cycle, key impact areas and funding priorities were drawn from the findings of the 2018 Adult Behavioral Health Needs Assessment:

Fund focus
Adults with behavioral health concerns improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their fullest potential.
Associated outcome areas
  • Experience healthy functioning
  • Have skills, resources and opportunities that support behavioral health wellness
System-oriented priorities
  • Expand service capacity to serve more people
  • Improve access to existing services by expanding navigational assistance
  • Prevent or interrupt crises at earlier stages