Serious Mental Illness

People with serious mental illnesses struggle with more than their symptoms. Compared with the general population, they are more likely to be unemployed, live in sub-standard housing, be disconnected from friends and family and have co-occurring physical illness and substance use disorders.

Many evidence-based practices exist to help this group of people live meaningful, inclusive lives in the community. With appropriate assistance individuals can learn to better manage their illness, live independently and establish meaningful social roles.

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Training and Resource Highlights

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

The Team 

Program Director

Marla Smith, MS, LMHP, LMHC


Angela Schindler-Berg, MS, LMHP

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If you have any questions about our serious mental illness services, please email [email protected].

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