The Department of Mental Health designates one Designated Agency (DA) in each geographic region of the state to provide the Department's mental health programs for adults and children.
Designated Agencies are private, non-profit service providers that are responsible for ensuring needed services are available through program delivery, local planning, service coordination, and monitoring outcomes within their region.
The Department of Mental Health may also designate an organization as a Specialized Service Agency (SSA). Specialized Service Agencies may operate in more than one geographic area of the state and provide a distinctive approach to service delivery and coordination or provide services that meet distinctive individual needs.
The requirements for Designated Agencies and Specialized Services Agencies are set forth by the Administrative Rules on Agency Designation.