The vision of the St. Louis Regional Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health is to improve the service system in the St. Louis region for people with serious behavioral health disorders, thereby improving the wellness and recovery outcomes for persons with these disorders. We also envision improving the knowledge and skills—and indeed the health and well-being—of the workforce of those who serve them.

Core functions

These three core functions guide the Center of Excellence

  1. Improve the workforce—including policy makers’—knowledge, skills, and practices about evidence-based practices, best practices, and promising practices
  2. Demonstrate service excellence and provide needed access to services to people with serious behavioral health disorders by operating a core set of Evidence Based Practices and best practices to individuals within Places for People’s service area
  3. Generate new knowledge and better practices for providers and the service system through applied research and evaluation.

Upcoming training

Current Trends in ACT Research & Practice
An online discussion
Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 12-2 p.m.

Join the St. Louis Regional Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health on January 19, from noon until 2 p.m. (Central), for an online webinar, “Current Trends in ACT Research & Practice,” featuring a keynote presentation by Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is one of the most effective community-based services for people with serious mental health disorders. Since its inception nearly 50 years ago, ACT has evolved and has needed to be responsive to changing times and service environments (e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic).

This webinar will help ACT providers understand current trends in ACT practice as well as research that informs ACT policy and practices.

Following Dr. Monroe-DeVita’s keynote, a panel of regional ACT experts will discuss current trends.

For more details, visit the event page.

Training Opportunities

The Center of Excellence’s key personnel and “faculty” have extensive expertise in a wide range of behavioral health Evidence Based Practices training content and implementation experience that can be shared with providers, agencies, and system leaders throughout the St. Louis region.

Contact Center of Excellence Director of Training and Technical Assistance Julie Blanco at to discuss opportunities for agency- or team-centered trainings.

Speaking Opportunities

Our experts are available to speak about Evidence Based Practices, best practices, and promising practices, in a variety of areas.

Our goals in these engagements are to share knowledge, raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote compassion.

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