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In the 2nd year of partnership with the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, BHECON is helping to turn ideas into action. Leveraging outcomes from previous forums and strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, advocates are using data to advance policy reforms that will strengthen Missouri’s behavioral health delivery system. The timeline below outlines major accomplishments, news and research of interest in Missouri.

Upcoming: Regional Breakfast

June 22, 2018

Upcoming: Regional Breakfast June 22nd at the Independence Center

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Poster: Missouri CCBHC Initiative

March 26, 2018

Advocate Tool: Support Missouri’s CCBHCs

March 21, 2018

This advocate tool highlights the key ways that Missouri’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics are addressing behavioral health workforce shortages, expanding integrated care including substance use disorder treatment, and saving Missouri money by decreasing ancillary hospitalizations and jail costs. The ask is to support the Excellence in Mental Health and…

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Fact Sheet: Missouri CCBHC Initiative

November 27, 2017

In December 2016 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced the selection of the eight participating states: Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New  York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Now a quarter of the way through the two-year demonstration program, the National Council surveyed CCBHCs to find how their…

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Forum: Improving Missouri’s Crisis System: Emergency Room Enhancement Programs

June 26, 2017

On June 26, the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, in partnership with the Behavioral Health + Economics Network (BHECON), hosted a forum on how Missouri’s crisis intervention system has improved outcomes for individuals in crisis in the emergency room, relieving the burden on emergency department workers and law enforcement…

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Infographic: Estimated Number of People Living with Serious Mental Illness in Missouri

June 14, 2017

Estimated Number of People Living with Serious Mental Illness in Missouri

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Report: Missouri Chartbook

May 16, 2017

Improving access to high-quality medical care for patients with mental illness remains one of the most vexing problems facing the healthcare system in the United States. As a way to highlight key data on the health and economic impact of Medicaid and other federal policies in expanding access to care,…

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News: Statement by the National Council for Behavioral Health on the Missouri House Budget Committee vote on HB 986

March 21, 2017

Statement by the National Council for Behavioral Health on the Missouri House Budget Committee vote on HB 986 Repealing protections in current law that ensure access to psychiatric medication On behalf of the millions of Americans living with mental health disorders, their families and communities, the National Council for Behavioral…

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News: Senate Hearing on Expanding Mental Health Services

February 15, 2017

At a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing, the former Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Medical Director, Dr. Joe Parks testified to the many challenges behavioral health providers face. The issues raised by Dr. Parks, including workforce shortages, inadequate reimbursements, and the integration of primary care and behavioral health, have all been…

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Infographic: The Missouri Model of Crisis Intervention

December 12, 2016
Infographic: The Missouri Model of Crisis Intervention

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Blog Post: Reversing the Criminalization of Mental Illness – Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center

November 18, 2016

By: Lauren Moyer and Judge Joseph Locascio In November 2013, Kansas City, Missouri’s first responders, mental health providers, municipal court and mayor’s office decided that enough was enough. Our community knew that the number of arrested and jailed individuals with mental illness was unacceptable, and any solution required cross-systems collaboration…

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News: Federal Grant Allowed BHECON Forum Attendance

September 9, 2016

BHECON featured in Sedalia Democrat: “It gave a little bit different perspective,” Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond said. “It kind of opened my eyes a little bit to a different way of viewing the people we’ve dealt with…”

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Forum: Improving Missouri’s Crisis System

August 17, 2016

On August 17 in Kansas City, law enforcement officers and behavioral health providers mapped out a path toward a higher-performing crisis system.

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Forum: Missouri’s Behavioral Health Workforce – Gaps, Challenges & Policy Solutions

August 4, 2016

On August 4 in St. Louis, stakeholders gathered to discuss workforce shortages, their impact on access to care and policy changes needed to fill the gaps.

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Report: Lack of access to mental health care increases ER visits, “boarding”

June 30, 2016

Mental Health in Missouri: Limited Access, Increasing Demand and Tragic Consequences

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