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 (Wednesday, January 21, 2015) - Places for People (PfP), the leading provider of mental health services in the St. Louis area, Family Care Health Centers (FCHC), the leading community primary health care provider, and Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), an independent philanthropic foundation dedicated to improving the health of people in the St. Louis region, are teaming up to provide more opportunities for people with severe mental illness to receive primary health care.
A Family Care Health Centers site will open at Places for People’s primary location at 4130 Lindell Boulevard on February 2, 2015. A doctor and medical assistant from Family Care Health Centers will work on-site at the Places for People / Family Care Health Centers’ satellite office two days a week for a total of eight hours each week. The doctor will be available to Places for People clients who do not already receive primary care elsewhere. The satellite site is expected to serve 75 clients in its first year of operation. This will be in addition to the 150 PfP clients FCHC serves at its Carondelet and Forest Park locations.
A grand opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of the site will be held at Places for People on Friday, February 27, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Funding for the satellite site was provided by a two-year grant from Missouri Foundation for Health, which allows the two health entities to serve as a community model for a successful partnership between community health centers and community mental health centers. Through the sharing of health resources and the collaboration between the two agencies, people living with severe mental illness who are seeking primary health treatment in addition to psychiatric care will experience a larger scope of potential service options.
Places for People Executive Director Joe Yancey is excited about the opportunities now available to PfP clients, allowing them to improve their overall health and well-being. "Facilitated access to primary health care services has been an enduring barrier for too many individuals with serious mental health disorders and has significantly contributed to staggering early mortality from very preventable disease. We are thrilled that our longtime partnership with Family Care Health Centers and the Missouri Foundation for Health will be further enhanced with the opening of this co-located primary care health site at Places for People.”
FCHC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert Massie also recognizes the potential for improved health outcomes for Places for People clients and the greater St. Louis community. "Our partnership with Places for People has truly been beneficial to the patients served by both organizations in an effort to increase access to truly integrated primary and behavioral health care to our city's most vulnerable citizens," Massie said.The support provided by Missouri Foundation for Health was critical to making the satellite site a reality.
“MFH recognizes that mental health is an important issue in our society,” said Dr. Robert Hughes, president and CEO of Missouri Foundation for Health. “Providing patients with more services in this area is a step toward raising awareness about how common mental health problems really are and why helping individuals cope should be a priority within our health care system.”
The opening of the Family Care Health Centers satellite site at Places for People is just the latest in a series of steps taken by Places for People to improve the physical health care provided to clients of Places for People.
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.
About Family Care Health Centers:As the leading community health care providers in St. Louis, Family Care Health Centers is dedicated to providing comprehensive primary health care services to the residents of St. Louis. With two state-of-the-art facilities in the metropolitan area, Family Care also works to improve the overall health of the communities it serves by reducing barriers to health care.
About Missouri Foundation for Health:Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge and funding.
St. Louis, MO (Thursday, January 15, 2015) - Places for People (PfP), a leading provider of mental health and primary care services in the St. Louis area, recently elected two new members to its Board of Directors.
Joining the Places for People Board of Directors are Michael Johnson, partner sales executive at Microsoft, and Henry Rzonca, CPA, and partner at RubinBrown.
Johnson joined Microsoft in June 2014. He previously worked at Oakwood Systems Group and JMT Consulting Group. Johnson is a member of the Young Leadership Society of United Way of St. Louis.
Johnson wants to help make a difference at Places for People, and hopes to apply his technology experience to maximize efficiency.
"I believe in the cause and want the opportunity to help give back to my community," Johnson said.
Rzonca is a Partner in RubinBrown's Federal Tax Services Group and the Manufacturing and Distribution Services Group. Rzonca is also a Partner Liaison for the RubinBrown Advisory Board. Before joining RubinBrown in 2012, he served for more than 20 years in the role of Tax Director for Edward Jones and Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company, overseeing federal and state income, property, sales and use taxes. Prior to gaining this industry experience, Rzonca was in the tax practice of KPMG for 7 years.
Rzonca also sees his election to the board as an opportunity to give back to the community, and help people living with mental illness. “I want to use my experience in accounting and finance to help add value where I can, and serve as an ambassador for Places for People in the community.”
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)
Contact: Chris Stalter
Places for People Communications Coordinator
314-535-2310 (office) 314-825-8538 (cell)
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a commentary by Ron Klutho of Places for People on December 5, 2014, "'My Bosnians': Hard-working, generous, strong."
Ron has worked with the Bosnian community for over 20 years, formerly as co-director of St. Pius V Church’s Refugee Support Program, and currently as coordinator of the Refugee and Immigrant Program at Places for People.
Our Refugee Support Program helps refugees and survivors of foreign state-sanctioned torture build new lives in the United States by coordinating all mental health needs, assisting with housing, obtaining appropriate benefits, providing links to community resources, and offering legal assistance. The team's legal assistance has helped more than 400 people gain U.S. citizenship over the years.
Children often experience strong and unpleasant emotional and physical responses to disasters. Responding with emotional first aid will help create and sustain an environment of safety, calmness, empowerment, hopefulness, and connection to others.
Please remember, Behavioral Health Response provides free, confidential telephone counseling to people in mental health crises. The Crisis Hotline is 314-469-6644 or toll-free at 1-800-811-4760.
EMOTIONAL FIRST AID FOR CHILDREN• Provide support and “presence”• Comfort and reduce distress• Safeguard survivors from additional harm• Reduce physical arousal• Clarify what happened• Provide reliable, credible information• Identify reminders• Reframe thinking about disaster incident• Identify resources
HELPFUL REMINDERS• Stay calm• Be an active listener• Be sensitive to language and cultural needs• Set realistic perspectives• Be non-judgmental• Defuse anger and do not tolerate negative behavior• Reduce immediate reminders• Refer to a mental health professional if symptoms persist or are delayed.• Consider child’s regular functioning pre-incident.
Some typical responses:
To Help Preschoolers
To Help Children (5-11)
TO HELP YOUTH (AGES 11-14)
TO HELP ADOLESCENTS (14-18)
Information provided by: Missouri Department of Health, SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services, National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Disaster and Terrorism Branch.
People often experience strong and unpleasant emotional and physical responses to disasters. Responding with emotional first aid will help create and sustain an environment of safety, calmness, empowerment, hopefulness, and connection to others.
Please Do• Help meet basic needs• Provide simple, clear and accurate information• Listen with compassion• Be friendly and calm• Help reconnect with family, friends and caregivers• Offer practical suggestions for helping themselves• Encourage accessing disaster response resources• Expect normal recovery
Please Don’t• Force people to share their stories• Give reassurances like “Everything will be fine”• Tell people what they should be feeling, thinking or doing• Instill your personal beliefs on others• Make promises you can’t keep• Criticize existing services or relief efforts
Seek Professional Help When• Sadness or depression continues beyond a few weeks• There is continued sleep disruption or memory problems• Despair about loss continues beyond a few weeks• Confusion/disorientation continues• Suspicions persist• Apathy becomes pronounced• Agitation or irritability persists• Anger continues or intensifies• Chronic illness is worsening or physical complaints persist• Social withdrawal or isolation persists
Places for People received a three-year grant totaling more than $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to facilitate permanent housing and improve the overall health for people who are chronically homeless and living with mental health, substance abuse and other co-occurring disorders. This was one of only 25 grants awarded by SAMHSA in this funding cycle.
The “Hope, Health & Housing” project will focus its efforts on veterans who are homeless, but will include all individuals with mental health disorders who are chronically homeless. The project goal is to enroll 210 people in services during the lifespan of the three-year grant, which will run from now until September 2017. Places for People will help connect participants to mental health services and permanent housing resources, and will include the follow-up services necessary for recovery and maintaining stable housing. Additionally, Places for People will help increase participants’ access to health insurance and benefit programs, including Medicaid, and help participants gain jobs when feasible.
The project will expand and further develop the array of evidence-based practices used by Places for People to provide comprehensive and recovery-oriented services to participants.
The most recent single-night, point-in-time count found 1,315 individuals who were homeless in St. Louis City. Serious mental health problems among people who are homeless are severe and persistent in nature, with almost two-thirds experiencing recent suicidal thoughts and 58 percent being hospitalized in a psychiatric facility or ward in the past 90 days. Additionally, the homeless population has a high prevalence of substance abuse, and general health is often poor.
In addition to tracking outcomes to measure the performance of this project, Places for People has assembled a steering committee consisting of community stakeholders from organizations and funders in St. Louis and across the state of Missouri.
About Places for People:Places for People serves more than 5,000 people annually, providing 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.
Page 1 of 14
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. - 11:30 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.
Philipo's Path to Recovery
Places for People, Inc. 4130 Lindell BoulevardSt. Louis, MO 63108 Tel: 314.535.5600Get directions to our Recovery Center Campus