Serious Mental Illness

A female psychiatrist talks with a mid-adult, patient during a therapy session in a softly colored office. The patient rests her head in her hand as she emotionally closes her eyes.


  • People with serious mental illness experience difficulty in living meaningful inclusive lives
  • Evidence-based practices exist to address
    • Unemployment
    • Homelessness
    • Marginalization from friends and family
    • Involvement with the criminal justice system
    • Co-occurring substance abuse and medical illness
    • Training and Consultation


Training and ongoing consultation in evidence-based practices are available for:

  • Supported Employment
  • Assertive Community Treatment
  • Illness Management and Recovery
  • Integrated Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders
  • Peer Support Services
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Self-care for the Workforce
  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Development of Independent Living Skills, Coping Skills and Social Skills
  • Motivational Interviewing


Current Initiatives

  • Developing training on serious mental illness for direct staff in skilled nursing homes
  • Developing training on clinical supervision of Peer Support Specialists
  • Partnering with Missouri Coalition on Community Behavioral Healthcare on a leadership training for law enforcement leaders on Crisis Intervention Teams
  • Planning a series of trainings for the 2019 National Association for Rural Mental Health Conference