Places for People provides innovative and effective mental health services to people with the greatest and most complex needs but the fewest resources. Each year, our evidence-based and award-winning programs serve nearly 5,400 people in the St. Louis area. Our mission is to “Provide caring, effective services to help those with the greatest challenges recover from mental illness and associated chronic illnesses.”
Places for People combines the rich histories of two leading mental health providers. In 2011, Places for People merged with Community Alternatives. Places for People was founded in 1972 to serve patients discharged from long-term institutionalization at state psychiatric hospitals. Community Alternatives was founded in 1995 when Missouri moved to privatize outpatient mental health care.
Please explore our website and see the pages below for more information about our organization. Direct all media inquiries to the Places for People Development Department at 314.535.2310 or
Places for People is proud to be the NewsRadio 1120 KMOX Voice of Caring partner for June. Executive Joe Yancey was on Total Information AM on Saturday, June 13, 2015, to discuss Places for People and the people we help.
Listen to the interview at http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/audio/total-information-am-weekend/places-for-people/
Several St. Louis media outlets have recently shared Nancy's story of hope, health and recovery, and the role Places for People has played in her journey.
St. Louis, MO (Tuesday, June 2, 2015) - St. Louis and the nation was captivated by “Life on the Streets,” the story of William Hayes and Chris Long’s night of homelessness which aired on ESPN on Sunday, May 31. The video featured two St. Louis Rams defensive ends initially posing as homeless individuals who eventually reveal themselves and agree to help two people, Martin and Nancy, who they met in an abandoned building.
The video ended with Nancy moving into a hotel paid for by Hayes and Long. You may wonder what happened to Nancy since filming ended.
In April, Places for People, a leading provider of mental health services in the St. Louis area, connected with Nancy. Places for People outreach specialist Linda Alexander visited with Nancy and told her about services available. Following their initial conversation, Linda brought her to Places for People where a comprehensive assessment was completed, and they started the paperwork necessary for Nancy to establish proper identification and also regain her birth certificate.
Nancy was homeless for two years. "It's a struggle, it's no kind of life for anyone," she said.
After being introduced to Places for People, Nancy began meeting with a Places for People psychiatrist and started taking the medications necessary to treat her mental illness. Her treatment team also scheduled an appointment for Nancy with a primary care physician at the Family Health Care Centers primary care site at Places for People.
Nancy was then assigned to one of the 21 community support and treatment teams providing services at Places for People. Nancy’s team, the Action team, immediately began working with Nancy to define her treatment goals . One of her first goals was to find a safe, affordable, and permanent place to live. The Action team found her a home through the non-profit organization, “Changing Lives Today,” and she moved into her apartment on Friday, May 29.
Nancy visits with the members of the Action team daily, and together they continue to work on her recovery goals.
Nancy said, "My goal is to move back to Southern Illinois where I grew up to be with my children. I miss them very much."
About Places for People:Serving over 5,000 people each year, Places for People (PfP) provides an unparalleled toolkit of programs, services, and resources for people who have serious mental illnesses, typically accompanied by complex and multilayered challenges: chronic homelessness, substance abuse disorder, primary health disorders, and trauma. For more information, visit www.placesforpeople.org.
For Media Inquiries
Contact: Lynn HuelsmannPlaces for People Vice President of Development and Technology314-615-9105, ext. 207 (office)314-698-2199 (cell)
The Family Care Health Centers satellite site at Places for People is the focus of a story in the March 23 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The satellite site, which was made possible by a grant from Missouri Foundation for Health, is open eight hours a week, and is expected to serve 75 people in the first year. In most cases, those who see Dr. Hilmer have not been to a primary care physician outside the ER in more than a year.
Read the story.
St. Louis, MO (Thursday, March 19, 2015) - Places for People (PfP), a leading provider of mental health and primary care services in the St. Louis area, recently elected Debbie Johnson to its Board of Directors.
Johnson brings several years of public affairs, media relations, social media management, and crisis management experience to the Places for People Board of Directors. She plans to use that experience to help educate the public about the services provided by Places for People.
"It is an honor to join the Places for People Board of Directors," Johnson said. “It is an organization full of talented, hardworking people who selflessly serve the St. Louis community. I look forward to working with them to fulfill their mission of providing caring, effective services to help those with the greatest challenges recover from mental illness and associated chronic illnesses.”
Johnson is a manager at Standing Partnership, a reputation management consulting firm, where she works with industrial clients.
Prior to joining Standing Partnership, Johnson served as Director of Communications for the City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office, where she established a communications department for Tishaura O. Jones, the first female to hold the office.
Johnson started her career at KMOX Radio, as a news producer on the award winning, highly rated morning show, Total Information-AM.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
About Places for People: Serving over 5,000 people each year, Places for People (PfP) provides an unparalleled toolkit of programs, services, and resources for people who have serious mental illnesses, typically accompanied by complex and multilayered challenges: chronic homelessness, substance abuse disorder, primary health disorders, and trauma.
Contact: Chris StalterPlaces for People Communications Coordinator314-535-2310 (office) 314-825-8538 (cell)
St. Louis, MO (Tuesday, January 20, 2015) - Places for People, a leading provider of mental and physical health services in the St. Louis area, and Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit management organization in the United States, have partnered to provide free parenting education programming in North County.
A $10,000 grant provided by Express Scripts will fund an Incredible Years parenting program offered by Places for People at the YWCA – North County Center, beginning on February 4. The Incredible Years program is an evidenced based parenting program designed to assist the parents of young children who are at-risk for developing behavioral problems, or who have children who are already exhibiting signs of behavioral problems. The classes are designed to help parents build the skills and develop the resources necessary to provide positive parenting for their children. Studies indicate that developing more effective parenting skills helps reduce delinquency, substance abuse, and violence in adolescents and children.
“We are pleased to support Places for People’s commitment to strengthen the communities in North St. Louis County, where many of our employees live and work,” said Susan Stith, Senior Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Giving at Express Scripts. “The Incredible Years program will equip parents with the tools they need to inspire the next generation of our community leaders.”
“We believe that the Incredible Years program can make a positive difference for children and families, and we are thrilled that Express Scripts will be a corporate partner with Places for People in providing this valuable service. Without Express Scripts’ support, we would not be able to provide this important opportunity for parents in North St. Louis County,” said Places for People Executive Director Joe Yancey.
Through the support of Express Scripts, the Incredible Years course is provided to parents at no cost and includes dinner for the parents and their children, as well as no cost daycare. Anyone interested in attending the course can contact Kevin Wells, Places for People Incredible Years Team Leader, at 314-615-9105, Ext. 241, or
About Express Scripts:Headquartered in St. Louis, Express Scripts provides integrated pharmacy-benefit management services, including network-pharmacy claims processing, home delivery, specialty benefit management, benefit-design consultation, drug utilization review, formulary management, and medical and drug data analysis services. The company also distributes a full range of biopharmaceutical products and provides extensive cost-management and patient-care services. For more information, visit www.express-scripts.com.
Contact: Chris StalterPlaces for People Communications Coordinator314-535-2310 (office)314-825-8538 (cell)
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If you would like to learn more about Places for People's intake services, please call our Welcome Center at (314) 615-2111.Individuals seeking services at Places for People do not need an appointment. The Places for People Welcome Center, 4130 Lindell Blvd, 63108, has walk-in hours Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. All walk-ins will meet with an intake clinician for screening, information about PfP services, and/or community resources.
At Places for People, we are looking for caring, talented individuals who would like to help us achieve our mission.
See our current job opportunities.
Places for People's web video series, "Changing Perspectives: Stories of Hope, Health and Recovery," provides a look into the lives of people living with mental illness and the people who have dedicated their careers to help.
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Places for People, Inc. 4130 Lindell BoulevardSt. Louis, MO 63108 Tel: 314.535.5600Get directions to our Recovery Center Campus