The Department of Mental Health (DMH) provides mental health services to children who are determined to be eligible for the services. Children in Out-of-home care and who are in need of mental health services may be referred to the appropriate DMH facility determined to meet the needs of the child.
Two separate DMH divisions deal with the following:
- Behavioral Health, which includes Alcohol and drug abuse; and
- Developmental Disabilities;
It is important to make the referral to the Division that deals with the specific mental health need, if there is a need of services from both Divisions a referral will need to be made to each Division separately. For more information on referral procedures, contact the DMH facility in the catchment area serving the geographical area in which the child lives. See Section 24.4.