History

Originally established by the Arkansas State Hospital through Federal grants as the Greater Little Rock Community Mental Health Center in 1967, the agency was organized to serve persons residing in the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock.

With the passage of Arkansas Act 243 in 1987, Act 944 of 1989 and Act 961 of 1991, greater responsibilities for the care and treatment of adults with serious mental illness were assumed by the Center. These acts designated LRCMHC as a “single-point-of-entry” center in the mental health system, and generated of a comprehensive array of community-based support services.

Former Little Rock Community Mental Health Center building on Shuffield Drive

In response to the needs of its service area, the center was incorporated in 1993 and renamed as the Little Rock Community Mental Health Center, Inc. (LRCMHC). The center was housed on Shuffield Dr. beside the Central Arkansas Veterans Hospital until 2014.

Current Little Rock Community Mental Health Center location on N. University Avenue

As the center grew in size, the needs of the organization did as well. In 2014, the main center relocated to the Evergreen Place building on N. University Avenue. Day treatment services were housed at the Pinnacle House building on Daisy L. Gatson Bates.

Current Pinnacle House location on Daisy L. Gatson Bates

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