Joseph Yancey

CEO, Places for People

Joseph Yancey serves as the CEO of Places for People, the only federally Certified Community Behavioral Health Organization in St. Louis City and County. A community leader serving on numerous boards and commissions at the local and state level, Yancey guided Places for People through a historic merger with Community Alternatives in 2011. Since the merger, Places for People has more than doubled its budget, people served, employee and evidence-based, integrated physical/behavioral health services across the lifespan.

Yancey has over 40 years of experience in behavioral health and has held leadership positions with many behavioral health care organizations, including the Missouri Department of Mental Health, where he served as Assistant Regional Manager for the Eastern Region and Deputy Director of the Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services. Yancey holds a master’s degree in Public Policy Administration, is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis (2000) and has received numerous awards including the Silver Key award from Mental Health America in 2016. He is the father of six and grandfather of five.