Center for Mental Health Services Law and Legal Definition

The center for mental health services mainly intends to design national goals and establish national priorities for the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental health. The center is headed by a director and some of the main duties performed by him/her are the following:

1) develop and coordinate federal prevention policies and programs and to assure increased focus on the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental health;

2) develop improved methods of treating individuals with mental health problems and improved methods of assisting the families of such individuals;

3) provide technical assistance to public and private entities that are providers of mental health services. [42 USCS § 290bb-31]