Jackson County COMBAT Awards $415,000 Grant to Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. (CMHS)

Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. was recently awarded a $415,000 grant from the Jackson County COMBAT Treatment Program, Renewal to support the Substance Use Disorder Program. This program focuses on our residential inpatient clients and provides partial hospitalization treatment they receive at our outpatient facilities.

Many of our clients face significant barriers including transportation, legal issues, homelessness, mental health stigma, and various financial struggles that prevent recovery. We strive to provide a continuum of wrap-around services within our own agency’s array of services. We help clients with housing, employment, legal/financial issues, and health/well-being. This allows consumers to receive the behavioral health treatment they need in one location and avoid barriers multiple providers can cause. Services are focused within CMHS’ assigned catchment area of Eastern Jackson County.  We leverage the resources of long-time partners to enhance services, make referrals, avoid duplication, and reach our target population.

The purpose of CMHS’s COMBAT-funded Substance Use Disorder Program is to provide a resource for individuals in our community who have nowhere else to turn for treatment. The program seeks to assist those struggling with a substance use disorder who cannot afford or access services. Staff facilitate individualized services and achieve positive client outcomes through residential inpatient and day treatment/partial hospitalization services (drug counseling/intensive outpatient treatment) along with wrap-around community resource support, wellness education, Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT), and access to integrated physical healthcare.

CMHS’ target population often face barriers to health access due to the complexity of their clinical and practical needs. Examples of complex needs include the risk for suicide/self-harm and the development of major physical health conditions related to a behavioral health/substance use diagnosis. Both clinical issues, without proper prevention or early intervention, can cause a high number of consumers to experience costly emergency room visits and extended hospital stays. To enhance customer care and recruitment/retention of clients, CMHS continues to provide open-access appointments to alleviate wait times and increase access to services.  Located 15 miles north and east of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, CMHS’s service area includes the main jurisdictions of Independence, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Sugar Creek, Oak Grove, and Fort Osage, Missouri.