Our public records policy

It is the policy of the executive branch of the State of Alabama to promptly provide citizens with public records upon request, subject to their payment of reasonable fees, to applicable laws protecting sensitive information, and to the interest of the general public in having the business of government carried on efficiently and without undue interference.

Submitting a public records request

You may submit a public records request by completing a public-records request form.
Email the form to publicrecords.dmh@mh.alabama.gov. when complete.

You may also submit the request by faxing 334-242-0684 or mailing the form to the Alabama Department of Mental Health, Attn: Office of Public Information, Suite 554, 100 N. Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36130.

What to expect

We strive to respond as promptly as possible to all public records requests, we receive consistent with the demands of our agency’s functions as determined by state law.

The nature of your request will dictate how promptly we respond. If your request very clearly identifies a specific, discrete document you are looking for, we will respond more quickly than if your request requires substantial staff time to process. A request will require substantial staff time to process if it requires difficulty in identifying and retrieving documents or taking measures to redact or otherwise withhold legally protected information.

In addition, we are permitted by state law to charge reasonable fees in connection with processing public records requests. We will notify you in advance of the fees you likely will incur as a result of your request.


You may contact our agency’s public records coordinator at publicrecords.dmh@mh.alabama.gov.