Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) recently received a grant for $5,000 from the Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) to help fund their Family Support Services (FSS) program.

Family Support Services (FSS) delivers therapeutic, psycho-educational services in both community and home-based settings to help children and families build on their strengths to prevent abuse and improve family life. FSS has two programs, Parents and Children Together (PACT), and Healthy Family Connections (HFC).  PACT provides education to children and families using the Strengthening Families program, an evidence-based program recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a Model Program. The program uses family systems and cognitive behavioral approaches to increase resilience and improve family relationships, parenting skills, and youths' social and life skills.  FSS's other program, Healthy Family Connections (HFC), is a voluntary, in-home visitation program open to mothers in Jackson County from the time they are expecting until children reach age three. Most of CAPA's HFC participants are from Eastern Jackson County. CAPA case workers meet with families in their homes to provide parenting education, information on child development, child developmental assessments, and to facilitate connections to community resources.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $15,000 from the Jewish Heritage Foundation to provide general operating funds for their Minor Home Repair program.

The Minor Home Repair program is for low-income seniors over 65 years whose households have a combined net income at or below 150% of the federal poverty guideline.  Clients must own, not rent, the house where the repairs will be performed, and clients may not lease any property they own to boarders.  MLM staff and a MHR program volunteer will complete an on-site assessment of the home, estimate work costs, and collect intake paperwork.  Some repairs involving electrical and/or plumbing work will involve getting estimates from and having work performed by contractors.  The MHR program’s team of core volunteers completes repair requests weekly depending on need.  Contracted repairs are scheduled and completed depending on contractor availability. 

CMHS (Comprehensive Mental Health Services) recently received a grant for $50,000 from the Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund (JCCMHF) to fund participation in the Jackson County Mental Health Court Monitoring program. 

The Mental Health Courts program supports and improved the following capacities across the Jackson County mental health safety net by providing current, accurate information to MHC’s regarding defendants’ engagement in mental health services and compliance with court requirements.  It also assures that MHC clients are engaged as quickly as possible in CMHC behavioral health and other services that are responsive to their needs and court requirements.  MHC provides and utilizes defendant screening and assessment information to assist court decision-making as early and quickly as possible.  The program allows for the integration of evidence-based practices into the services provided to MHC defendants.  It provides for the submission of accurate, timely data about MHC clients for management, evaluation, and audit. 

Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. (CMHS) recently received a grant for $125,000 from the REACH Healthcare Foundation to help individuals identify and achieve healthcare and wellness goals, manage health conditions, and access primary and oral health care and health education.  

This program will provide for the expansion of direct services and coverage for oral health, mental health and primary care through the safety net.  All of these individuals and entities will work together to assure individuals in the program receive coordinated care, understand and are able to follow through with treatment plans, are able to schedule and attend appointments with primary health providers, as well as behavioral health professionals, and are provided medication and supports they need to make well educated choices for their health.  This project will be a success if more clients are able to receive oral health services.