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
We hope you will join Places for People and mental health organizations and supporters from around the state at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, February 19, for “Missouri Hill Day."
Everyone attending is asked to wear blue.
The effort is being led by the Federation of Missouri Advocates for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri, the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers, the Missouri CIT Council and NAMI Missouri.
Register at https://katiehorst.wufoo.com/forms/missouri-hill-day-registration/.
And remember to wear blue!
Places for People Executive Director Joe Yancey appeared on the February 9 edition of Talk of the Town with Shaun Anthony on 106.5 The Arch, 92.3 WIL and 101.1 ESPN. The show focused on Places for People and mental health. (31:01)
Listen to the episode online at http://www.1065thearch.com/2014/02/07/talk-town-week-places-people/.
A wonderful story of hope, health and recovery from the St. Louis Review that features a valued member of the Places for People staff, Linda Alexander.
Working in the Welcome Center, Linda is among the first staff members that someone talks to when seeking services at Places for People. We are so fortunate to have Linda in our PfP family!
Read the story at the St. Louis Review website.
Twelve members of the John B. Ervin Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis are spending their Saturday morning on January 11, 2014, volunteering at Places for People as part of a day of service honoring the late Dean James E. McLeod. Dean McLeod was the founding director of the John B. Ervin Scholars Program.
Learn more about the program at http://ervin.wustl.edu/. We are grateful to these students and future leaders for their time and efforts!
Sixteen people who died in 2013 while homeless in St. Louis were remembered on Saturday at "The Longest Night" memorial service at Centenary United Methodist Church, St. Louis. Places for People Associate Executive Director, Dr. Gary Morse, was among the speakers during the service.
"It is perhaps true that no one thing that will end people from dying homeless. But it is also true that there are a thousand of things we can do--from simple, private acts of kindness to political advocacy--that we can do to end homelessness. We don’t have to know all of the answers of how to end homelessness ourselves, but we can each do at least one thing to make a difference. Each of us probably knows, deep in our hearts, what we can do. And we each have a choice to do something or to do nothing."
See Pastor Kathleen Wilder talk about "The Longest Night" on Fox 2.http://fox2now.com/2013/12/21/memorial-service-will-honor-lives-of-homeless-men-and-women/
Read a recap of "The Longest Night" from St. Louis Public Radio.http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/longest-night-ceremony-memorializes-homeless-who-died-2013
Like most friends, Bob and David have bonded over common interests. They share a strong sense of spirituality; they love classic rock music and fishing. They can talk for hours over coffee.
They share another, more unique bond. Both men live with a serious mental illness.
“We’ll sit around at his place and drink coffee and talk about our mental health issues. We’re diagnosed differently, he’s manic and I’m schizoaffective, but we have a lot of the same symptoms and we’ve gone through a lot of the same stuff,” Bob said.
The pair met at Places for People in May 2011 when they joined a new therapy group based on the Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) intervention model.
Places for People staff member Joris Miller started this IMR group and for much of the past 2 ½ years has been a co-facilitator for the weekly sessions. Miller, who has been in the social work field since 1980, said the developing friendship between Bob and David is one of the “coolest things I’ve ever seen.” Often people get along well in therapy groups, but rarely does the friendship and mutual support extend beyond the therapeutic sessions.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen two clients outside of a treatment setting begin to build what those two guys are building.”
The foundation of their friendship has been developed by applying the lessons they have learned in IMR.
IMR has a special focus on assisting people to identify and progress toward the achievement of personal recovery goals. IMR consists of a curriculum that is followed throughout weekly meetings. At its core, there are two primary components involved in IMR, according to Miller. The first component helps participants develop skills for illness self management. The second component is that “IMR really, really works with helping folks to develop the skills to be able to make changes in their life that they really want.”
Each week participants make a commitment toward achieving a short-term goal and a long-term goal. Because participants choose goals that challenge them, it is vital to develop action steps for adjustments that might be necessary to increase the potential of achieving a goal. This provides many opportunities to learn new skills.
“In IMR, every single time we meet, we ask people to tell us how in the past week how the step that they took toward a goal worked. Did they make some progress toward their personal goal?” Miller said.
Making progress toward goals helps participants remain motivated in pursuit of long-term recovery goals. Participants receive a persistent stream of support from other group participants and group facilitators in pursuit of achieving these goals.
IMR gives Bob a place where he can talk about anything with his peers in confidence without judgment. “I know people there have been through some of the same things. I’m accepted and I’m a person with a mental illness. I’m accepted for who I am.”
That confidence has carried over outside of the IMR group. “I used to hide my mental illness from everybody. With IMR, I’m able to talk to other people outside of IMR.”
The IMR group has had a similar effect on David. “(Before IMR) I would keep everything to myself, a lot of problems. I share practically everything in IMR. Before that, I didn’t have these people. I didn’t tell my team about a lot of things. And I used to hide my drinking from my team. I wouldn’t let them know.”
David’s battles with alcohol inspired Bob to make his initial request to go fishing. Bob, who has been sober for 18 years, wanted to help David. He asked David to go fishing several times before finally receiving an affirmative response.
“I told him that I used to fish years ago, but I hadn’t done it in a long time. I said maybe I’d like to go with you and take it up again,” David recalled.
That first time fishing became the gateway to friendship. Any chance they have now, the pair eats meals together, listens to baseball games and music. If they don’t see each other during the day, they’ll touch base on the phone. “We tell each other what’s going on with our mental health. We ask that every day. ‘How are you doing today? How are you feeling?’” David explained.
At first, David worried that he was burdening his new friend by talking about his concerns and fears, but he was quickly reassured that it was no trouble at all to Bob. “He’s been pulling me through a lot of situations,” David said.
This friendship and developing a support system outside the PfP Recovery Center Campus is an important milestone in the recovery process. For many people, friends and family are two main ingredients in a meaningful life. Both Bob and David are fortunate to have positive, supportive relationships with their families. David’s sister and brother-in-law bought him a rod and reel after he started fishing with Bob.
Now, Bob and David have one more place to turn when they need someone with whom to talk.
Bob said, “David is probably the main person I call and talk to, because we’ve been through a lot of the same things. He helps me as much as I help him.
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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