The Division for Mental Health Services provides mental health services in the community through contracts with more than 120 community-based not-for-profit organizations. These organizations provide:
- Trained psychiatric personnel working in local screening centers who treat people in crisis and determine if they need to be committed involuntarily to a hospital for psychiatric treatment.
- Community residences such as group homes, supervised apartments and family care homes where people can both live and receive psychiatric care and treatment.
- Outpatient services for people who are ambulatory, including periodic counseling, therapy and assistance in taking and monitoring medication.
- Partial Hospitalization and Partial Care, the most intensive community health services, for people who are ambulatory. This type of treatment focuses on improving not only a person's mental health but also a wide range of skills that will help him or her function more independently in the community, including personal hygiene, cooking, medication management, understanding mental illness and self-advocacy.
- Integrated case management to engage, support and integrate people with serious mental illnesses into their communities and help them connect with resources there that they can use to become as independent as possible.
- Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) in which a multi-disciplinary team of providers makes sure that comprehensive rehabilitation, treatment and support services are integrated into a treatment plan for the people with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses.
- Supported Employment Services to help clients to prepare to enter or re-enter the workforce successfully. Services include job placement and interviewing assistance, supervised work assignments, and follow-up support.
- Systems advocates who provide legal and companionship services and operate self-help centers.
- A wide range of other services intended to provide support for families of people with mental illness, for the homeless mentally ill and for people who both abuse alcohol or drugs and have a mental illness.