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Founded in 1972, Places for People has grown from its grassroots beginnings and to become a leader in the behavioral health field, serving more than 2,200 people annually, with more than 360 employees and an operating budget exceeding $25 million. Today’s Places for People is the result of a historic, voluntary merger between Places for People and Community Alternatives in 2011.
Places for People is one of the only behavioral health centers in St. Louis City or County with the federal designation of “Certified Clinical Behavioral Health Organization.”
Dr. Hilary Sandall and Mildred Dunn, R.N., both on the staff of St. Louis State Hospital, placed the first three patients with persistent mental illness in an apartment on Davis Street in South St. Louis
Places for People incorporates as the first independent living and supported housing program for people with serious mental illness in the state of Missouri and one of the select few in the country.
Places for People opens the Club in a donated storefront named Desiderata in South St. Louis. The Club was the first Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center in the state of Missouri.
Places for People moved to 4120 Lindell Boulevard in 1976. The organization remained on Lindell for 44 years until moving to its current home at 1001 Lynch Street in December 2020.
West Pine facility is converted into a state-licensed Residential Care Facility—the first psychiatric group home in the St. Louis area.
Places for People restructures its programs and services by moving to a Continuous Treatment Team approach, offering support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Community Alternatives forms as a limited liability corporation to address the needs of underserved populations that include young adults, people who are homeless and have a mental illness, people with a mental illness and HIV/AIDS, and people with both mental illness and substance use disorder.
PfP focuses on serving people who are homeless and are struggling with mental illness and substance use.
PfP acquires and renovates an apartment building to provide emergency housing.
PfP adopts an integrated treatment approach to serve people diagnosed with both a severe mental illness and substance use disorder.
Places for People partners with Family Care Health Centers as a provider of primary care services.
Places for People began participation in Missouri’s Health Home program, working with persons served to improve health outcomes, care coordination and healthy lifestyles.
West Pine Pharmacy opens a fully-operational pharmacy at Places for People.
A satellite site of Family Care Health Centers opens at Places for People to improve access to care in a project funded by Missouri Foundation for Health.
Places for People purchases the former Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union at 1001 Lynch Street in Soulard with the intent of moving all programs to the building in 2020.
After more than four decades of service, Joe Yancey retired as Places for People CEO. Following a nationwide search, the Places for People Board of Directors announced Laura McCallister as his successor. The transition occurred in August 2020.