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About the Alabama Council

We are community mental health.

We are in your community, serving your neighbors and loved ones who live with mental illness, addiction and developmental disabilities.

Our 20 community mental health providers are located across Alabama and serve people from across the state. We employ more than 5,200 people and assist more than 115,000 individuals a year with counseling, day treatment, outpatient, inpatient and residential services.

We advocate for those who provide mental health services and those who receive care. We know that having access to care is a top priority for Alabamians, and we work every day to sustain and expand the mental health services available to the people of Alabama.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the 988 Lifeline.

If you need to connect with a mental health provider for ongoing care, go here to find a provider that serves your area.


Our History
The Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards was incorporated in 1972. The purpose of the Council is to act as a liaison between its members, the Federal Government, the State Legislature, and the Alabama Department of Mental Health. The Council offers continuing education workshops and conferences for its members and for social workers, psychologists, counselors, nurses, teachers, consumers, family members, and other mental health professionals.

Our Mission
The Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards represents its members in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive system of public mental health care. Our members are public providers responsive to the mental health needs of our community dedicated to achieving the highest standards of providing service.

Our Vision Statement
The Community Mental Health System in Alabama will be recognized as the nations premiere network of dynamic and innovative public mental healthcare.

For a brief history of the Alabama Council, please read this document by James L. Dill, Ed.D.

Brief History of the Alabama Council Download (.PDF) (.docx)