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
St. Louis, MO (Tuesday, July 28, 2015) - Places for People (PfP), the leading provider of mental health and primary care services in the St. Louis area, is inviting you to learn more about Schizophrenia by experiencing the symptoms first-hand.
The event, “Hear Our Voices,” will give participants an opportunity to experience the auditory hallucinations of Schizophrenia and challenge others to participate in the simulation while trying to complete daily living activities – such as doing laundry or watching TV. Participants will be asked to share their experience with the simulation through social media and ask others to attempt the experience as well. The event, scheduled for Thursday, August 20, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Saint Louis University School of Law, is designed to reduce the stigma around receiving treatment for severe and persistent mental illness, specifically Schizophrenia, as well as educate those in attendance about the disorder.
Schizophrenia affects over two million people in the United States, and is typically diagnosed between 13 and 25 years old. More than half of the 5,000 people served by Places for People each year have a primary diagnosis of Schizophrenia.
Attendance of the event is free, parking will be validated, and light refreshments will be provided. Participants can register at pfpstl.eventbrite.com.
About Places for People:Serving more than 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: Lynn HuelsmannPlaces for People 314-615-9105, ext. 207 (office)618-698-2199 (cell)
Contact: Lynn Huelsmann
Places for People
314-615-9105, ext. 207 (office) 618-698-2199 (cell)
(Saint Louis, MO - Tuesday, July 21, 2015) - Community members will gather Saturday, July 25, at the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation (724 N. Union Blvd, 63108) for “A March to Promote Peace, Justice and Healing.” A rally and march will be held to show support for children, families and adults who have witnessed and/or been traumatized by: physical abuse and domestic violence in their homes; bullying, assault, and murder in their neighborhoods and schools; and excessive force by certain law enforcement personnel and agencies in their communities. The day will also include educational panels, informational booths and children’s activities.
The March to Promote Peace will begin with a rally from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., followed by the march from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Educational panels will begin at 10:30 a.m., to address the following topic areas:
There will also be an opportunity for individuals and families who have lost a loved one to a homicide in the City of St. Louis to receive an update regarding the status of that investigation between 1-4 p.m. All interested persons, are asked to contact Khatib A.F. Waheed at (314) 721-0557 to make arrangements.
This event is being sponsored by the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation, Places for People, St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence (SIRV), Ethical Society of Police-St. Louis and Ald. Frank Williamson (D-26th Ward).
For more information contact Khatib A.F. Waheed at (314) 721-0557.
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.
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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