Legal Authority

Within Arkansas, there are several legislative mandates that provide direction to the activities and functions of LRCMHC. In 1971, the Arkansas General Assembly authorized the distribution of funds appropriated by the Legislature to community mental health centers or clinics within the state. This legislation, Act 433 of 1971, specifies that approval or rejection of a center or clinic is to be based, among other things, on the “adequacy of mental health services provided by such centers or clinics.”

Several years later--through Act 787 of 1975--mental health centers and clinics were required to “meet minimum standards of performance in the delivery of mental health services” as defined by the State Mental Health Services Division.

As a certified community mental health center, LRCMHC must meet these various administrative and clinical service standards and be in compliance with applicable state and federal laws. Additionally, the policies of LRCMHC are administered in compliance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, veteran status, qualified disabled status or other legally-protected characteristics.

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