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The Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) is located in the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS).
DSAMH serves the adult (age 18 and older) population in need of publicly funded behavioral health services. DSAMH is organized into three
operating units. These are the Delaware Psychiatric Center (DPC), two Community Mental Health Centers with six sites, and a variety of
community-based Substance Abuse Treatment Programs.
Our mission is to promote health and recovery by ensuring that Delawareans have access to quality prevention and treatment for mental
health, substance use, and gambling conditions.
Our vision: Always the Right Time, Always the Right Place, To Get the Right Service
- Operates Delaware Psychiatric Center, Delaware's only state-operated psychiatric hospital for
- Provides community support services to adults with psychiatric disabilities through two state-operated Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), New Castle County CMHC and Kent/Sussex CMHC, and
through contracts with private agencies. These services include continuous treatment teams, group homes, and clinic-based services. The
CMHCs also provide mental health counseling services and 24-hour mobile crisis
intervention services statewide.
- Provides public drug and alcohol treatment services for adults, primarily through contracts with private agencies. Services include:
screening and evaluation; outpatient counseling; opioid treatment, including methadone maintenance; continuous treatment team programs
for individuals with long-term, disabling alcohol and drug dependence disorders; less intensive case management services offered through
the outpatient counseling agencies; detoxification; and residential services. The residential services include short-term/variable
length-of-stay treatment (30 days or less), long-term treatment, and halfway houses. In addition to serving women in all of the
residential treatment programs, one residential treatment program is targeted specifically to women, including pregnant women and women
with infants. The Division also has specialized case management for adult offenders with alcohol/drug abuse problems who are involved in
the Drug Courts. The case management is provided through the Division's Treatment Access Center (TASC)
- Provides alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs that address a number of high-risk and under served populations and geographic
areas in the State. These programs include Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Drug Effects prevention (statewide) and prevention activities in
targeted areas of the City of Wilmington and in Kent and Sussex Counties.
- Provides services for persons with a dual disorder of mental illness and alcohol/drug abuse problem. Services are provided either
concurrently by the mental health and alcohol/drug abuse treatment providers or by two programs targeted specifically to persons with a
dual disorder. One program is a long-term residential treatment program that serves the entire State. The other program is a continuous
treatment team that serves persons living in New Castle County.
- Provides compulsive gambling services. These services, which are provided contractually for persons with a compulsive gambling
problem and their families, consist of public information, education, and awareness activities; a 24-hour help line; assessment; and
State Service Centers and free standing locations in population centers throughout the State.