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
It's safe to say, in most instances when our dedicated staff help the people we serve move into a new residence, there are not three photographers and a video crew there to cover it. That was the case on Wednesday, when Michael moved into his new residence with help from Tracey and Katie from the FACT Team.
Michael's story received attention from local media because he was involved in a video produced by two SLU students that went viral this week. The video has received almost 90,000 views in less than a week.
FACT Supervisor Katie Thumann saw the video Tuesday evening and recognized the man who the two SLU students picked up and took around town. It was Michael, who was scheduled to move in to his first residence in almost three years on Wednesday.
Here are the stories that resulted.
Michael's journey at Places for People started this winter with our Outreach Team. After becoming engaged in services, he moved on to our FACT Team. In just a few months, PfP's staff have gotten him on the correct medications, re-established his Social Security benefits and helped him find a place of his own to live. His next goal is to find a job.
"Homeless man helped by Saint Louis University students in viral video"April 8, 2014by Joe Millitzer and Patrick Clark of Fox 2
"Video of SLU player helping homeless man goes viral"Channel 5 | KDSK.comApril 8, 2014
Places for People Executive Director Joe Yancey spoke with St. Louis Public Radio on April 4, 2014, to provide his perspective on the relationship between police and people who live with mental illness.
Read the story and listen to the interview at http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/videotaped-incident-puts-spotlight-police-interaction-mentally-ill.
Missouri Senator Joseph Keaveny (D - 4th District) visited Places for People on Friday, March 28, 2014. Sen. Keaveny spoke to our PSRC Clubhouse before receiving a tour of the Recovery Center Campus by Executive Director Joe Yancey. Sen. Keaveny delivered this message before taking questions from Club members.
"Understanding Trauma Through TREM: A Mental Health Photovoice Exhibit" was held Wednesday afternoon, March 26, at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. The exhibit and graduation ceremony ended the eight session project sponsored by NAMI St. Louis and the St. Louis Mental Health Board.
Twelve participants learned the basics of photography and writing captions for their pictures. Photovoice uses photographs and a narrative to provide perspective on a participant's experiences.
"This is going to help other people so much," NAMI St. Louis Director of Advocacy Jackie Lukitsch told the project members and those in attendance at the ceremony.
The project's goal is to raise awareness about the prevelance of trauma experienced by individuals who live with mental illness, as well as raise awareness for TREM (Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model). Several members of the Places for People community particiated in the project.
Amy Dunaway, senior information specialist with the Health Communications Research Center at the Missouri School of Journalism, helped with the class. She told the participants at the graduation, "I learned so much from you."
The story of the diverse Bayless Bronchos basketball team from St. Louis Magazine, featuring quotes from Places for People Faith Team Supervisor Ron Klutho. According to the story, about 46 percent of the Bayless school population is Bosnian.
The SLU Health Law Association chose Places for People as the beneficiary of its service projects this school year. The HLA hosted its annual Med-Mal Mixer on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Side Bar STL (1317 Washington Ave). The SLU HLA invited students from SLU Med School, School of Public Health and the Nursing School. The event raised nearly $300 for Places for People and collected food items to be used in move-in boxes for people who move from homelessness. We are grateful for the support of these dedicated students and young leaders.
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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 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. All walk-ins will meet with an intake clinician for screening, information about PfP services, and/or community resources.
Places for People, Inc. 4130 Lindell BoulevardSt. Louis, MO 63108 Tel: 314.535.5600Get directions to our Recovery Center Campus