Programs and services
DHS operates an array of residential and treatment programs serving people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and chemical dependency. Currently, about 4,500 employees provide these services at nearly 200 sites statewide (PDF). Admission to these programs is by referral. Referrals generally come from county social services, the courts or other health care providers. About 12,000 people receive direct care services from the department each year.
This information is intended to help patients and their families learn more about the programs.